Double Fine Productions has announced the release of Hack ‘N’ Slash, an action puzzle quest inspired by Legend of Zelda with a science fiction twist. The game was originally envisioned as a prototype for Double Fine’s Amnesia Fortnight 2012 Bundle, a collection of prototype games from different employees at the studio.
Hack ‘N’ Slash follows the exploits of a young elf girl who hacks her way into digital dungeons and uses her skills to complete them. Project Lead Brandon Dillon makes no attempt to hide up his references or inspirations for the game.
“Instead of swords, arrows and bombs, you discover exploits, trainers and cracks. The puzzle dungeons will be designed to teach you progressively more sophisticated hacking, cheating and reverse-engineering tools. And they won’t be toys. They’ll actually be used to hack the running game.”
“Look, I’m going to be honest with you here: I don’t really understand what’s going on inside this game’s code,” chimed in Double Fine President and CEO Tim Schafer. “I believe it contains ‘algorithms.’ But I know what’s going on inside my heart when I play it. And that is joy.”
Fans voted for Hack ‘N’ Slash as the most popular of the entire Amnesia Fortnight 2012 Bundle, and it is the second game of the bunch to reach official production. Spacebase DF-9 is currently in the works at Double Fine. Previous Amnesia Fortnight Bundles have lead to popular full scale releases like Stacking, Costume Quest and Iron Brigade, each a popular entry in Double Fine’s expansive resume.
Hack ‘N’ Slash also brings Double Fine’s internal productions up to four major games, including Broken Age, Massive Chalice, and the aforementioned Spacebase DF-9. It looks to be a busy up and coming year, but Hack ‘N’ Slash is expected to get an early 2014 release date.
The following video is of a Let’s Play for the game prototype found in the bundle, and it is not the final product.