Lords of the Fallen 2 to be debut title.
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CI Games announces the opening of Hexworks, a new game development studio that is based in Barcelona and Bucharest. The Barcelona crew opened in March with the team in Bucharest following just a few weeks later. Together, these teams are already working hard on their debut title: Lords of the Fallen 2, a follow-up to the fantasy action-RPG.

As of right now, Lords of the Fallen 2 is in development for next-gen consoles along with the PC.

The new studio has a team of about 25 people that include "veteran staff with AAA game development experience." However, the studio is "embracing a bit more of an indie approach to development as opposed to larger studios." They will focus on the "high-quality craftsmanship of role-playing games."

The team has been taking feedback from the first Lords of the Fallen for its sequel. They are moving away from a power fantasy to more of a dark fantasy. They go on to say that the sequel will be "more loyal to the challenging combat experience that the Soulsborne and Souls-like communities enjoy."

"For many months now, the three of us worked defining and scoping the project, to find the right DNA that would grant us a competitive edge and still remain in the realm of feasibility,” says Hexworks Creative Director Cezar Virtosu. “It is challenging to develop combat focused games remotely, but this is offset by the ease of contacting and working with massive soulsborne fans scattered around the world. It is an intoxicating mix of indie production and fanwork, since we are not a big production block and we all come from the genre's trenches, thus, regardless of nationality, we are speaking the same game language. We are enthusiastic about our mission and we are aiming to deliver a creatively charged gameplay experience within the genre's framework."