Killzone: Shadow Fall is set 30 years after the events in Killzone 3 where the planet of Helghan was destroyed. Surviving Helghast were allowed to resettle on the planet of Vekta where the two factions live in the same mega-city divided by a wall. However, there are some Helghan who cling to the old ways and want vengeance against the Vektans who they now view as oppressors.
In the Killzone: Shadow Fall universe, the Black Hand are an emerging threat from the Helghan Sector – a splinter faction of radicals and zealots. Fueled by their anger at the destruction of Helghan in Killzone 3, they've sworn revenge against the “hypocrites of Vekta”, who they believe preach peace and co-existence but practice violence and oppression.
To exact their revenge, the Black Hand are attempting to force a return to all-out war. This puts them at odds with the government of New Helghan, who seek to avoid another conflict that would inevitably end in mutually assured destruction. The Black Hand mostly recruit from disgruntled elements with the Helghan military – those furious that their leadership chose to shelter with the Vektans rather than obliterate them – and take refuge in the slums of New Helghan.
Unlike the Helghast army, the Black Hand are an irregular force, specializing in acts of violence and sabotage. They’re mainly equipped with makeshift gear and weapons – surplus from the Second Extrasolar War – but curiously also possess modern mil-spec gear such as top-of-the-line infiltration projectors. As Shadow Marshal Lucas Kellan, the Black Hand are one more threat you’ll need to deal with to prevent the destabilization of the entire planet.
The last paragraph in the description provided by Guerrilla Games is interesting as it suggests a currently unknown, hidden faction at play in the game. Could it be an outside organization, rogue government elements among Vekta or the always popular greedy corporation?
Killzone: Shadow Fall will release alongside the PS4 on Nov. 15.
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