'Xena: Warrior Princess' Lucy Lawless Goes Virtual in ‘Hunted: The Demon’s Forge’

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The actress looks forward to her role as "seductive temptress."

Lucy Lawless, best known to a generation of gamers for her role as Xena: Warrior Princess, returns to the fantasy genre June 1 in her first video game role. Lawless brings the virtual character Seraphine to life in the new action PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game Hunted: The Demon’s Forge from publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer inXile Entertainment.

"Hunted is an incredibly dark, intense game and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work on such a thrilling project," said Lawless.  "After playing the heroine for so long it’s refreshing to portray such a villainous, seductive temptress!"

Under the influence of the Demon Forge’s ancient and powerful evil, Seraphine is an adventurer-turned-temptress who appears as a spirit guide that lures the two warrior protagonists, Caddoc and E’lara, into an adventure with promises of great wealth and power.

The new two-player cooperative game is actually a throwback to classic PC "dungeon crawl" games filled with quest for treasure and battles with monsters. Hunted is being developed by inXile Entertainment using Unreal Engine 3 technology, which powers modern shooters like Epic Games’ Bulletstorm and Gears of War 3.

Lawless currently stars in the television series, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena as Lucretia. She will return for the new season of the hit Starz show next year. The New Zealand native has a recurring role as Mrs. X on the ABC series No Ordinary Family.