The original Lords of the Fallen, released in 2014, was an early adopter of the challenging "Soulsborne" formula, a subgenre known for its tough combat encounters and formidable bosses. Prior to Lords of the Fallen, FromSoftware pioneered this gameplay style. The success of Lords of the Fallen contributed to the growing popularity of Soulslike games, with titles like Lies of P gaining acclaim. A revamped version of Lords of the Fallen, developed by Hexworks, further solidified the franchise's success.
Recent trademark filings from CI Games hint at Hexworks potentially working on a sequel to Lords of the Fallen, codenamed "Project III" and likely to be titled Death of the Fallen. The anticipated release for this sequel is 2026, running on Unreal Engine 5 and expected to be available on PC and current-generation consoles.
Since FromSoftware introduced Demon's Souls in 2009, Soulslike games have amassed a massive fan base. Games like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Elden Ring, both highly praised, earned Game of the Year awards in 2019 and 2022, respectively. Even surpassing the acclaimed God of War: Ragnarok in 2022, Elden Ring demonstrated the genre's continued success. With upcoming indie titles like Phantom Blade Zero and Black Myth: Wukong generating excitement, the Soulslike genre remains vibrant.
While Deck13 created an ambitious game with the original Lords of the Fallen, Hexworks' successor last year showcased significant improvements, earning its place among the revered Soulslike games. The potential for a sequel by Hexworks holds promise not just for existing series fans but also for enthusiasts of the genre at large.