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Hexen Returns as Hot Mod for Doom 3

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 18 comments

A team of modders has taken over 5 years to create a Hexen "sequel" using Doom 3.

PC Gamer reports that a group of modders resurrected Raven Software's classic first-person (shooter) fantasy game Hexen using the Doom 3 engine. The only drawback is that it's not a complete remake of the original game, but rather a sequel to Hexen 2 that will revisit many locations found in the first installment.

Called Hexen: Edge of Chaos, the mod is completely unofficial and has thus far taken over five years to create. As with Hexen, gamers will have three classes to choose--Fighter, Cleric, and Mage. The multi-level puzzle gameplay will also remain intact, allowing players to move from location to location by using a centralized hub.

Based on provided screenshots, the team has faithfully recreated many of the original Hexen weapons including the Serpent staff, spiked mace, Wraithverge and more. Players will also face non-pixelated versions of various classic Hexen adversaries including flying Afrit beasts and double-headed Ettin demons.

According to the team, the first playable version of the Hexen "sequel" will be available in November. It will contain the Cleric's first hub which consists of three full maps and around 2 hours of gameplay. Overall the mod will take place after Hexen 2 and feature a storyline that ties in with both Hexen games and the Deathkings of the Dark Citadel expansion pack.

"You will fight monsters, solve puzzles, fail puzzles, use weapons, utilize artifacts, break lots of stuff, and curse our names to Chaos when you most likely die a few times along the way," the team teased on the mod's website. "Surely you all expect some degree of obscurity that comes with puzzles for this game.........and the price for failure is steep........ "

Now may be a good time to re-install Doom 3.

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    Anonymous , October 27, 2010 8:42 PM
    Ok, this is awesome. Reinstalling Doom 3 now.
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    ispam , October 27, 2010 8:40 PM
    Too much light for the Doom 3 engine...Segmentation Fault (core dumped).

    Oh and for some really weird reason I'm seeing some cease and desist letters followed by a lawsuit in the near future, I must be clairvoyant or something.
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    Anonymous , October 27, 2010 8:42 PM
    Ok, this is awesome. Reinstalling Doom 3 now.
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    keyanf , October 27, 2010 9:37 PM
    I'm fairly sure that when id Tech 4's source is released (When the new id engine gets its first release with Rage in 2011), it will be ported in a month or two (didn't take Urban Terror that long to transition from quake 3 mod to stand alone)
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    keyanf , October 27, 2010 9:38 PM
    Also, how is Doom 3 still that high priced?
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    jaghpanther , October 27, 2010 9:52 PM
    This would also be a good time to re-install Heretic/Hexen/Death Kings. Time to fire up DOSBOX.
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    Thunderfox , October 27, 2010 10:14 PM
    keyanfAlso, how is Doom 3 still that high priced?

    They're still waiting for someone to buy it.
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    Darkerson , October 27, 2010 10:29 PM
    Man I loved Hexen. Time to go dig out my Doom 3 discs so I can check this out.
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    Darkv1 , October 27, 2010 10:34 PM
    This looks pretty sweet. Glad I decided to keep Doom 3 installed.
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    werfu , October 27, 2010 10:44 PM
    Finaly! I remember when that mod started, it was amazing and I was still playing a lot with Doomsday to Heretic/Hexen. Glad to see this is finally near completion.
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    thelvyn , October 27, 2010 11:42 PM
    While this may be cool news you should try this mod for doom3 while your at it.
    A total conversion of doom3 for the Thief world.
    With over 30 Fan Missions already made and more being made all the time.

    Very cool.
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    brando56894 , October 27, 2010 11:47 PM
    Pretty awesome, I was never a huge hexen/heratic fan since I spent most of my time on the doom series but I still played them and will check this out. What I'd love to see is a full out recreation of the first two doom games with better graphics. IIRC someone did a mod for original doom but idk what ever happened to it since I havent played doom3 in a few years.
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    braneman , October 28, 2010 1:15 AM
    holy crap, they have been updating their website, that might be unique in terms of modders(black mesa I'm lookin at you.)
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    itchyisvegeta , October 28, 2010 5:18 AM
    The Doom 1 mod for Doom 3 was AMAZING!
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    thechief73 , October 28, 2010 5:26 AM
    Very Cool! I remember playing Hexen back in the day along with all the other clasics. I like how the mod community is going back to remake these games with updated game engines, your work is greatly appreciated to say the least. Now I really wish I pick up Doom 3 on the Steam sale a while back :( 
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    dEAne , October 28, 2010 6:13 AM
    Classic game huh?
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    NuclearShadow , October 28, 2010 7:11 AM
    I'm actually quite amazed there are still active Doom 3 mods. Might as well give it a try I just hate having to install Doom 3 again ugh!
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    THEfog101 , October 28, 2010 8:51 AM
    lol very nice. im still hoping that one day Black Mesa Source is finally released and escapes all the talk of vaporware.
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    HavoCnMe , October 28, 2010 11:53 PM
    I will reinstall Doom 3 for this. I use to play this on my 486 DX2 w/Diamond Viper 4MB video card.