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Bloodrite v2.4.2 (Full Game) | Demo v2.4.0 | Freeware v1.2.0

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Photosensitivity warning: This video game contains scenes with flashing and flickering lights that may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.

Permission is granted for the use of full video-audio footage from Hedon in order to stream, showcase or review it in any form. However, note that some of the licensed music used in-game is subject to being claimed by the label holding monetization rights on various platforms.

Hedon Bloodrite merges Hedon I and II into an entirely hand crafted 20+ hours singleplayer experience inspired by not only the best retro FPS games of the 90s, but also games like Arx Fatalis and Thief. Hedon mixes high octane action with exploration and puzzle solving, creating a challenge that encourages creativity and wit.

➣ An exotic world of lore and secrets

Embark on an adventure across an underground world where ancient and medieval civilizations meet with uncanny crystal-powered technologies.

➣ A dark, eerily comfy atmosphere

Immerse yourself in the whistling of cave drafts and the humming of the mossy crystals as you ponder your next move.

➣ Brutal, gory, fast-paced combat

Shatter your foes with a lined-up axe throw, lob acid at them from your potion launcher or ignite them with the flamethrower included into your goblin-crafted shotgun.

➣ Complex, non-linear, handmade levels

Sharpen your wits and your sense of exploration - there won't be many arrows to point you through the mysteries of the Underworld.

➣ A touch of RPG (Bloodrite-only)

Travel between Hexen-style level clusters, interact with a variety of characters, complete secondary and hidden quests, and watch some of your deeds and approaches have an impact on the world.

➣ Good company (Bloodrite-mostly)

Lead the orc daughters of the Iron Division to victory. They will prove their worth when fighting alongside you against the armies of chaos.

➣ A multi-genre soundtrack

Going from tense to serene ambient, with occasional kicks of heavy metal. All spiced up with a few Alexander Brandon tracks that never made it in Unreal and Deus Ex!

➣ Six difficulty levels

Changing not only the damage taken or how many progression clues you get but also the individual monster and item placement of each map.
And don't forget the Bearzerk difficulty that completely changes the gameplay by swapping your regular arsenal with special melee weapons.

➣ Fully moddable

You can mod and make maps for Hedon just as easily as you can for Doom.

➣ DRM free

You buy it, you own it.


  • OS: Windows 64-bit | Linux 64-bit (Ubuntu 18.04 | Mint 19 | Debian 10)
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual-Core
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Dedicated GPU - anything capable of running OpenGL 4.0 (eg. ATI Radeon HD 57xx or Nvidia GeForce 400 and higher)
  • Storage: 600 MB available space
  • Additional Notes: In case of black screens or invisible sprites for AMD cards, make sure your drivers are up to date!

Copyright (C) 2016-2023 Zan_HedonDev.

All rights reserved.


Buy Now$16.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $16.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Hedon 2.3.0 Win 64-bit.zip 548 MB
Hedon 2.3.0 Linux 64-bit.zip 550 MB
Hedon 2.4.0 Linux 64-bit.zip 551 MB
Hedon 2.4.0 Win 64-bit.zip 549 MB
Hedon 2.4.1 Win 64-bit.zip 550 MB
Hedon 2.4.1 Linux 64-bit.zip 551 MB
Hedon 2.4.2 Linux 64-bit.zip 552 MB
Hedon 2.4.2 Win 64-bit.zip 550 MB

Download demo

Hedon 1.2.0 Linux 64-bit.tar.gz 237 MB
Hedon 1.2.0 Win 64-bit.zip 236 MB
Hedon 2.4.0 Demo Linux 64-bit.zip 497 MB
Hedon 2.4.0 Demo Win 64-bit.zip 495 MB

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found this game through an ad on e621, fucking chads 

LOL me too!


Just finished the first part, this game is insane. The amount and quality of work is really impressive and it's a joy to play.


I see that the store page says the game is licensed using GPLv3.0, is there a link to the source code ?




I hope that atmosphere of the second episode will be that heavy like in first. In terms of gameplay my favorite indie FPS is now an Ultrakill (for good reasons), but if I would choose game for lore, characters and as I mentioned before an atmosphere, your game is definitely a winner. This is a second time, when I bought it, first was on steam, but I deleted my account (I needed a break from computer games), so I hope you will buy a good beer to celebrate a premiere with all that money :).


Heh, my friend of mine, with which I played a lot of Doom online is also hyped (I called him that 2 episode is released), so man, some folks from Poland are pretty determined to check what you prepare as next chapter of Zan story.

Glad to hear!

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This doom mod no more. It’s actually a game of its own, filled with fantastic lore and character designs. Weapons are also satisfying to use and the main protagonist is a damn good example of warrior gal who can do anything!

Also thanks for releasing the free version. I’m sure a lot of people would have a blast with it :D


Played the free version, I felt guilty so I went ahead and bought the game on steam. This game definitely earned my money and I also want to support the devs. Hopefully more updates will come soon :)

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This is an excellent game that hits every high mark for fans of games like Arx Fatalis while maintaining the essential elements of it's engine.

If you'd like more insight straight from the dev's mouth:


Pod: http://inthekeep.com/275463/3019666-in-the-keep-podcast-43-zan-hedon

he'll yeah

Hello I bought the commercial Version 1.5.2 and whenever I launch the game I get the message. "Very fatal error Access violation"


Hey, which version did you get, Windows or Linux? Also, how did you launch, via itch.io or via the launcher in the game? (There's different launchers for each version, that's why I'm asking). I just noticed that the builds aren't properly labelled for their OS, but I suppose you could choose which one to download.
If you're sure you're launching the right version, see if you can paste the entire error so I can figure out what's causing it.

Hey thanks for the reply. I'm using the windows version and using the in game launcher. Here's the crash report https://mega.nz/#!Bv5xWAjB just copy and paste VGCZP4cd4XV8DWvP6DkMW1bQemhBc_Z1-vwkfea64E8 and download the zip to view it.


Are you using a dedicated graphics card or the integrated Intel thingy? You need a graphics card capable of supporting OpenGL 4.0 to run Hedon with this version of the engine. Also, can you check if the freeware version runs for you?
If you're below requirements, contact hedongame@yahoo.com and I'll try to make you a custom build on an older engine version, although I can't promise it will work without any (minor) bug.



I'm playing the Steam version of the game, and I'm loving it!!! I've not finished it yet, so I'm not reading anything about it to avoid spoilers.

I just wanted to ask a question: when you say that this is "Episode One", does that mean that more Hedon episodes are gonna come in the future?


Yes, I've recently started working on the next episode, but the game was planned in at least three parts from the get go.


Are they going to release as a separate game, or will they be part of an update to the (paid) game?


Most likely as an update, it's a bit too early to tell though.

Is version 1.4.0 expected to release on the itch.io version soon? I noticed it released on the Steam version a week ago, but I'm uncertain if it takes longer to upload new builds to itch.

I might release it here too, have to check some stuff before, though. I'm basically not sure if I can have both a free and paid version on the same itch page.


I said to a friend of mine that this game was so good, I'd buy it if I could. Now I can. So, I will. Enjoy the money, you deserve it! This is a damned fine game.

If I buy the game, can I use the freeware savefiles ? I am enjoying the game a lot so far. Also wondering if you plan to expand on the universe ?


No, sadly you won't be able to use the files. You can always finish the freeware version and then play on the hardest difficulty on the Steam version for a different experience or something. You could also use cheats to select the level and attempt to restore your gear.

Next update will land somewhere in July, and I hope to add the paid version here on itch as well.

Awesome as heck game, but whenever I try to exit the first level, the game crashes and GZDoom asks me to send a report. Not sure what to do so some insight would help.


Never heard of this problem before, does GZDoom issue a crash log or something?


Ok after uninstalling and reinstalling it, it works now

I feel obligated to ask, what's with the trend of early releases on Itch graduating to Steam exclusivity? No offense or anything, I just prefer having the standalone backup and it strikes me as odd when a standalone exists but ends up abandoned.

I'd put the full version here too, but I think itch has some issues and you can't have both a free and a paid version of the game at the same time on the page. I will try to bring it here too but as I said with the GoG plans too, I am simply busy 24/7 these days to be able to handle anything more than I currently am.

Alright cool. Thanks for the reply, I feel like the context on the why's and why not's of cross-service releases is generally hard to come by.

Yo! I'm about halfway through the Steam version right now and I gotta say I love it to bits. I saw you mention that more content is coming, and while I don't know exactly what that means you have planned, I thought I'd put myself out there and offer some music. I started making music about 9 years ago with Alexander Brandon as my main inspiration and have since also delved into metal and ambient among others. I already have a bunch of material and am more than willing to make more. If you're interested, of course hit me up - but I understand if you've already got what you need :)


Hey there, I mostly have what I need but feel free to mail me at hedongame@yahoo.com and show me your work, I'd probably enjoy it a lot :^)



This was solid in every way.  Art design, level design, gameplay, world building.  It's great!  I've been on an old-school shooter kick lately (Heretic and Blood especially), and this fits the bill perfectly. Picking up the Steam version ASAP.

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Much appreciated, there aren't a lot of changes/new stuff right now, but more will come in time for the Steam version :^)

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I had to put off picking it up until last night, but I'm super happy to have this on Steam and I look forward to future updates!

When I have a great time playing through a few levels of a game more than once (on both platforms), it's a sign of some quality gaming entertainment.

Thanks, hoping to release the next update somewhere in July with some new content and stuff, after which I'll start working on the next episode :^)


Are there any plans to bring the full pay version to Itch.io ?


I will try but I don't promise anything, this month I'm busy 24/7 so I can barely handle managing the Steam part.

Really cool game. I love the mixing in of immersive sim feeling bits of Thief & Arx Fatalis. Atmosphere is really great! The art of the sprites suits the environments too.

The world is actually interesting, somewhat surprising when you've got dwarves & orcs & the like. I'd like to know more about this world. 

However something that hurts the immersion is the text: by default it's much too small, and if you navigate thru the 5000 options and resize it, the lines all squash together, making you not want to read the notes strewn about. I realize a lot of this is on gzdoom, but would it be impossible to have cutaway parchment notes with scribbled text as in Thief or various RPGs?

Nitpick aside, absolutely keeping my eye on this as it develops!

Hey, thanks! I am working on the wiki page right now, although it's far from done, but you can find more lore on it - https://hedon.fandom.com/wiki/Hedon_Wiki
Regarding your issue, if your screen resolution is 1920x1080 then you should have a fine text size if you move that slider to 2. I did think about making some custom graphics but that has its own shortcomings unfortunately.


There seems to be an issue with the Linux archive. When trying to install the game through the itch app, it complains about "invalid tar header" and checking the file it does indeed seem to be a gzipped tar file, not a regular tar file.
I think renaming the file to the proper ending of "Hedon 1.2.0 Linux 64-bit.tar.gz" should fix this.


Thanks for the heads up, I've updated the file. Is it working now? Also can you please check if it still works by simply downloading the file?


Yup, it now works correctly from within the itch app as well as through regular downloading :) Thanks for the quick fix.


You've done a fantastic job on this. I haven't gotten through the entire game yet, but I'm gonna download the 1.1.0 version here and play through again on a higher difficulty.

Quick question; On Map07 - Parapet, there are 4 secrets listed. I found the three 'obvious' ones, the closet, the closet's closet, and the hidden potion of might. I couldn't find the fourth one so I got nosy and highlighted the secret sectors. Is that correct that it's somewhere in the grotto connecting the level exit, barracks and crystal ward building? I can't seem to find any way to actually trigger that secret, if there is indeed a way.

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Let's see if you can figure it out  in 1.1.0, I made few changes that should better guide players to getting it.  :^)

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Just found it on the second play through! It wasn't another pinup sadly, but well worth the search nonetheless. ;D

I also had an issue during the first boss battle, where the music track played once and didn't loop again. Might have been a symptom of my quickloading, though.

Damn it, you're not the only one who had the music loop problem, and I have no idea what may cause it or how to fix it. Trust me, I racked my brain along with some of the testers and nothing seemed to work. :s


Beautiful, I forgot how awesome such games were or.. are :) Youtube video coming up, but I'm ging to make sure that I don't spoil anything because that mine... I laughed my ass off when I found what I had to do... and I didn't find it for minutes... xD


Oh wow, just as I released 1.1.0. Can't wait for any video about it, make sure to share it here too!


Speaking of videos, I suggest you put somewhere a written "Video Policy" because you know Youtube can be kind of crap sometimes managing Copyright, but if you explicitly allow people to make videos we can protect ourselves from trolls who strike channels for fun.


Will do, thanks for the heads up!


Haha yeah, but I just left the mines so i'm not that far yet :3 there are already a few videos out there about your game :) one of them also skipped the spoilers :P they are nice and explain what your game is about. Some even compared it to Doom ;)


This is holy. This is quality.