Painkiller has returned, as Nordic Games has announced a sequel to the classic old-school shooter. Painkiller: Hell & Damnation will be developed by The Farm 51, which is best known for working on NecroVision.
Nordic promises hell & Damnation will be faithful to the original game, recreating “the sensations and hardcore gameplay of the original Painkiller” with fast paced "twitch" gaming and “stunning enormo-boss fights requiring sneaky tactics”.
According to Nordic's business and product development officer Reinhard Pollice, the game will feature a multiplayer component as good as the single, “We’re proud of the shiny new splendor of the game’s graphics, but we’re doubly proud we’ve made player skill the most important part of the game. In addition to the single player campaign, we’re putting a tremendous emphasis on the game’s multiplayer component.”
People Can Fly developed the original Painkiller, and went on to work on Bulletstorm for Epic Games. The Farm 51, however, was founded by three devs from People Can Fly, so Painkiller: Hell & Damnation is in familiar hands.
An alpha build of the game will be on the E3 2012 show floor.