Sega and Artistic Meeting have introduced Hyenas, a PvEvP shooter from the workforce behind Alien: Isolation and Halo Wars 2.
Set in a future the place billionaires have colonized Mars and made Earth inhospitable, Hyenas is a fast-paced multiplayer FPS that casts gamers as anti-hero pirates stealing from the mega-rich. Every match hosts 15 gamers break up up into 5 groups of three, and people groups compete to steal treasures from a spaceship and escape with the largest pile of loot. It sounds a little bit like Hunt: Showdown, however with the slick and speedy sensibilities of Apex Legends.
Additional complicating issues are an AI-controlled safety drive that defends the vaults containing the treasures you search; referred to as the MFPF (or ‘murphs’), these guards will combat anybody making an attempt to steal from the billionaires.
“These ships aren’t defenseless,” defined inventive director Charlie Bewsher in a chat with IGN. “They’re filled with safety, sensors, switches, interactive programs, and devices. It’s an excellent atmosphere for this aggressive sport to happen in.”
Because the maps are set on freighter ships touring between Earth and Mars, there’s additionally zero gravity to cope with. Sure segments of the maps could have no gravity in any way, permitting you to drift round and use 3D house in new methods. Different areas, reminiscent of particular person rooms and corridors, even have on/off switches for zero-g. Characters have maglock boots to assist overcome any gravity points, ought to zooming round freestyle not be your most well-liked technique of journey.
With quite a few corridors, vaults, rooms, and hangar areas, every Hyena map is fairly giant. Artistic Meeting says to anticipate one thing bigger than a daily PvP deathmatch map, however one thing that’s not fairly as giant as a battle royale map. Regardless of that, the workforce has been impressed by the form of gameplay seen in video games like Fortnite and Warzone.
“We didn’t need to make a battle royale, however we wished to take that concept of making this unpredictable, chaotic house the place gamers would discover this new gameplay, discover new ways, and in the end discover new participant tales,” stated Bewsher.
Every match is ready aboard a freighter spaceship that ferries objects from the stays of Earth as much as Mars. However these objects, now traded for enormous money by billionaires, are maybe not what you’re anticipating. In Hyenas’ world, pop-culture artifacts from Earth’s previous are the brand new diamonds, and so that you’ll be stealing something from Rubik’s cubes and Sony Walkman tape decks to Sonic statues and inexperienced military males. Bewsher even says that you possibly can find yourself looting the primary album you ever purchased, and guarantees you’ll see plenty of completely different popular culture IPs represented within the sport.
The cinematic reveal trailer exhibits off a freighter piled excessive with New York-themed memorabilia, together with the whole lot from subway automobiles to the Statue of Liberty itself. Hyenas undoubtedly doesn’t take itself significantly, and its colourful comedian book-style artwork displays that.
Hyenas – Reveal Cinematic Screenshots
Artistic Meeting has not but detailed all of the playable characters, however notes that they every fall into certainly one of three classes: interact, evade, and exploit. Have interaction characters are action-focused, whereas evade heroes are centered on nimble motion and sometimes stealth. Exploit characters, in the meantime, are the hackers and assist characters.
As a part of the announcement stream on IGN, Artistic Meeting namechecked a number of of Hyenas’ heroes. The Professional is a classic-style financial institution robber with a shotgun, deployable turret, and a President Nixon masks. Commander Wright is an astronaut with a foam gun that may rapidly create barricades, cowl, and climbing platforms. Doc Hotfix is a gamer who believes he’s a personality in a sport, and thus affords some fourth wall-breaking commentary. A number of different characters may be seen within the trailer, however they’ve but to be detailed.
No launch date for Hyenas has been introduced up to now, however a playable alpha is deliberate and may be signed up for at playhyenas.com. When Hyenas does lastly launch, will probably be obtainable on Xbox and PlayStation consoles, and PC by way of Steam and Epic Video games Retailer.
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Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK Information and Options Editor.