Hostile Territory is a third-person multiplayer shooter exploring indirect combat in a dynamic, circular environment. In this hellish underworld, players take on the role of a demon battling for the souls of the damned following Judgement Day. Players use the environment to attack their opponent by capturing tiles and choosing whether to destroy or replace them. Ultimately, players can strategize to either use the tiles to defeat their opponent, or use them to ensure their own survival.
Splitscreen was chosen to bring back the fun of couch multiplayer similar to previous titles such as Halo: Combat Evolved, Medal of Honor: Assault, and Street Fighter.
The memories of playing with a friend locally guided this design.