A physics-based, realistic, 3D sword dueling game set in the 17th century. Currently, it features an arcade mode, survival mode, modern HEMA mode, duels vs. AI, wooden weapons sparring, and a local multiplayer mode. Optional VR mode. Early Access.
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Very Positive (4,718) - 92% of the 4,718 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Feb 16, 2021

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Fighting games are a specific genre. The controls must be tight, the animations must be perfect to the millisecond, the balance must be ideal, as well as the difficulty tiers. As I'm making this game mostly alone and with a limited budget, I want You - the Players - to be involved in testing and improving the game.

Feedback and suggestions from the core audience are essential for this game's final form. As an independent developer, I don't have any deadlines or limitations making Hellish Quart, so I believe that early involvement of the Players will only be beneficial.

Revenue from Early Access sales will allow making more and better quality content, such as an original soundtrack, professional voiceovers, hiring HEMA fencers for more mocap, etc.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game is planned to be in Early Access for approximately two years, but this can change either way, depending on Player feedback.

Edit: Currently the scope of the game has become larger than what was planned at the Early Access release. We already got more gameplay modes, more combat features and more (than the initially planned 12) characters/fighting styles are in the works. It is very likely that we will spend more than 2 years making this game. This doesn't mean we work slower - we will just make more content.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of the game is planned to include:

  • 12 fighting styles and even more characters (some base animations will be shared)
  • 12 arenas
  • original soundtrack (8 tracks are already in the game!)
  • 6 AI modes
  • cinematic story mode (full cutscenes)
  • different clothes for characters to choose from
  • Modern HEMA sparring mode
  • Sparring mode with training weapons

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Currently, the game includes:

  • 11 playable characters
  • 17 arenas
  • Story cinematic teaser (a test cutscene)
  • 8 original music tracks
  • Arcade mode with a boss fight, vs. AI mode, survival mode, sparring mode, history buff mode, and local player vs. player mode (use Steam Remote Play Together to play online)
  • many controllers support (including fight sticks) and fully rebindable controls
  • options to adjust the active ragdolls' parameters, slomo, stamina, damage, no blood, etc.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We want the price to fit the state of the Early Access and represent the amount of mechanics and content that is in the game at the moment. We may want to raise the price in the future when out of Early Access, to best fit the final product.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“After every update, everyone is welcome to comment and leave their feedback and suggestions on the game's forum. Player suggestions and concerns will be the foundation of the changes in gameplay, features, and overall shape of the game.”
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About This Game

A fighting game about sword dueling, in which the blades really clash using physics, and the characters use motion captured fencing techniques. Play as one of many 17th century warriors and use sabers, rapiers, broadswords, and many other blades in arcade mode, quick fights, survival mode, or LOCAL multiplayer with friends (you can play online too with Steam Remote Play Together). You can also casually spar with wooden weapons or train in modern HEMA gear. Optional VR mode is also added!

This is an Early Access game - it is in active development. Single Player Story Mode is being created. This game has only local multiplayer.

  • physical Sword Fighting using Active Ragdolls
  • super realistic, motion captured fencing animations
  • beautiful 3d scanned graphics
  • optional VR mode

Hellish Quart uses active ragdolls and all damage your blade can do is calculated with realtime physics. Four gamepad buttons represent 4 attack angles. Different button combinations give special attacks and combos. If you are not attacking, your character will automatically try to hold guard against your opponent's attacks. The blades really block each other and that's what's keeping you alive. To win, you must use proper timing, measure, technique, speed, and wits - just like when fencing in the real world.

Hellish Quart has a historical setting. The game takes place in 17th century Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The character models are made using 3D scanned clothes, based on fashion from the period, and the single player campaign (when done!) will be firmly rooted in the realities of life in the region. You will duel Zaporozhian Cossacks, Polish Hussars, Tatars, Turkish Janissaries, Swedish Reiters, French Musketeers, and more.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

This game shows fights with sharp swords, blood, wounds and cutting off body parts in combat.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i-5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 1050 (GPU) or Ryzen 4700g (APU)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • VR Support: SteamVR or Oculus PC. Keyboard or gamepad required
    • Additional Notes: For 720p 60 fps, Low Detail settings. Minimal specs unknown yet - need more testing
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel i-5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 970 or RX 590
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 11 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: For 1080p 60 fps, High detail settings

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