CI Games has announced that they plan to release Lords of the Fallen 2, the sequel to the 2014 Souls-like, sometime in 2023. The company revealed these plans their latest Consolidated Management report, adding that their key IPs currently in development will move over to Unreal Engine 5 too.
CI Games confirmed that internal developer Hexworks had been working on Lords of the Fallen 2 since 2019, with over 60 employees currently working at the studio. They’re planning to start the game’s marketing by the third quarter of 2022, with the goal to release the sequel by 2023 as a full-priced title.
The full statement from CI Games reads:
“Lords of the Fallen: The sequel to this franchise has been developed by our internal studio Hexworks since 2019. Our studio of 60+ internal development team members has worked closely with other third-party developers across various disciplines in the development of the game […]
We plan to start the global marketing campaign for the game during the third Quarter of 2022. Lords of the Fallen 2 is planned to be released in 2023 as a full-price game for the new generation of consoles and PC.”
Lords of the Fallen originally released in 2014 for PS4, Xbox One and PC to a divisive reception from critics and fans. The grim, stylized visuals were praised, but the game’s deliberately clunky gameplay made it difficult to enjoy the game.
Hopefully, CI Games has learned from these mistakes and plan to refine the sequel. The track record for games that successfully pulled off the Souls-like formula is low, with Team Ninja being the notable exception for their work on the Nioh series. With the recent critically acclaimed release of From Software’s Elden Ring, developers making Souls-like games have a new steep hill to climb.
Lords of the Fallen is currently available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Source: CI Games