Announced back in December of 2014, Lords of the Fallen 2 development should be well under way. But according to a statement coming from the title’s new developer, Defiant Studios, they’re just getting started.
Deck13 Interactive began work on the sequel towards the end of 2014 as Lords of the Fallen was headed toward release. That studio stepped away from the project though following the firing of their project lead, and have since gone on to release 2017’s The Surge. CI Games, the title’s PAL publisher, stepped in to continue work on Lords of the Fallen 2. It apparently hasn’t gone very well.
David Grijns of Defiant spoke with Robert Purchese of Eurogamer and gave some insight as to where Lords of the Fallen 2 development currently stands. And as depressing as it is, he and his team have decided to start from scratch.
Grijns stated that “It’s really a reset, it’s a fresh start. It’s a new engine – Unreal 4 – and a new team. A team which does not have a long and illustrious background in action RPG development, but we actually see it as a strength.” Defiant Studios typically has their hands in the open-world sandbox genre, having put a good portion of their efforts into the Just Cause series.
Defiant told CI Games that they wanted a shot at tackling Lords of the Fallen 2 development so that they could attempt to take on the genre’s juggernaut, Dark Souls. The studio got their wish. David confirmed his confidence during his interview with Purchese:
“It’s an area of the games industry which is now considered untouchable in some degree. It’s like, ‘From Software rules the roost in this particular area of the badlands so abandon all hope ye who enter here.’ And those are exactly the sorts of projects we love.
We have a very senior team and what senior people want is to be challenged. The higher the challenge technically and creatively, the more interested we get. When you’ve built a 400-square-mile game like Just Cause 3 with a lot of new tech, and taking a lot of tech risks, every mountain after that doesn’t seem so insurmountable. For us, having reached that peak, and looking out over the landscape, it’s like, ‘Alright what’s the next big challenge for us?'”
Eurogamer pushed Grijns for an idea as to when he thinks he and his team will have Lords of the Fallen 2 ready to go. The developer wouldn’t say, and Purchese theorizes that the game is likely years away still. Much like Lords of the Fallen was this generation, Lords of the Fallen 2 could look to debut early on the next-generation of gaming systems.