First-person shooter fans are going to be in for a treat soon, as Painkiller Hell & Damnation arrives on October 31 for the PC. Publisher Nordic Games promises this version to be "totally uncut," while a "toned down" one arrives on January 22, 2013, for the PC, PS3, and 360. Hell & Damnation is an HD remake of the first Painkiller game and its expansion, Battle Out of Hell. People Can Fly was the original creator of the series, however for Hell & Damnation development duties are being handled by The Farm 51. This version runs on Unreal Engine 3 and is a full Steamworks title, which means cloud saving and automatic updating. The game itself is looking brilliant, with some of the nasty denizens of Hell rendered in glorious detail. You have a nice arsenal of weapons at your disposal to, well, dispose of the enemies, but Painkiller is an old school game even in an HD coat. That means there is no regenerating health, kill streak bonuses, or modern weapons; you must rely on your skill to survive.
Painkiller Hell & Damnation is available to pre-purchase on Steam for $20 for the regular version, or $30 for the collector's edition that includes a soundtrack, making of video, single player Tarot Card DLC, Multiplayer Body Skin DLC, and more. Pre-purchasing also unlocks extra rewards for the game, with the unlocked first tier granting immediate access to the beta. The second tier features some multiplayer skins, while the third tier is a free copy of Painkiller: Black Edition. Currently the second tier is 57% to being unlocked, and the more people that pre-purchase the faster it progresses.