Sega and Creative Assembly have announced Hyenas, a PvEvP shooter from the team behind Alien: Isolation and Halo Wars 2.
Set in a future where billionaires have colonized Mars and turned Earth into an inhospitable place, Hyenas is a fast-paced multiplayer first-person shooter that casts players as anti-hero pirates robbing the mega-rich. Each match sees 15 players divided into five teams of three, and those teams compete to steal treasure from a spaceship and escape with the most loot. It sounds a bit like Hunt: Showdown, but with the snappy, snappy feel of Apex Legends.
To further complicate matters, there is an AI controlled security force defending the vaults that contain the treasures you seek; Known as the MFPF (or ‘murphs’), these guards will fight anyone trying to rob billionaires.
“These ships are not defenseless,” creative director Charlie Bewsher explained in a conversation with IGN. “They are full of security, sensors, switches, interactive systems and devices. It’s a great environment for this competitive game to take place.”
Since the maps are located on cargo ships traveling between Earth and Mars, zero gravity also has to be dealt with. Certain segments of the maps will have no gravity at all, allowing you to float and use 3D space in new ways. Other places, such as individual rooms and hallways, also have zero gravity on/off switches. Characters have magnetic boots to help overcome any gravity issues, in case freestyle zooming isn’t your preferred method of travel.
With numerous corridors, vaults, rooms, and hangars, each Hyena map is quite large. Creative Assembly says to expect something bigger than a normal PvP deathmatch map, but something that isn’t as big as a battle royale map. Despite that, the team has drawn inspiration from the type of gameplay seen in games like Fortnite and Warzone.
“We didn’t want to make a battle royale, but we wanted to take the idea of creating this unpredictable, chaotic space where players would find this new game, find new tactics, and ultimately find new player stories,” Bewsher said.
Each match takes place aboard a cargo spaceship transporting items from the wreckage of Earth to Mars. But those items, which billionaires now trade for large sums of money, may not be what you expect. In the world of Hyenas, pop culture artifacts from Earth’s past are the new diamonds, so you’ll steal anything from Rubik’s cubes and Sony Walkman tape players to Sonic statues and green soldiers. Bewsher even says that you might end up looting the first album you bought, and promises that you’ll see a lot of different pop culture IPs represented in the game.
The cinematic reveal trailer shows off a freighter packed with New York-themed memorabilia, including everything from subway cars to the Statue of Liberty itself. Hyenas definitely don’t take themselves seriously, and his colorful comic style reflects that.
Hyenas – Reveal Cinematic Screenshots
Creative Assembly hasn’t detailed all the playable characters yet, but notes that each of them falls into one of three categories: engage, evade, and exploit. Engage characters focus on action, while evasion heroes focus on agile movement and sometimes stealth. The exploitation characters, on the other hand, are the hackers and the support characters.
As part of the announcement broadcast on IGN, the Creative Assembly named some of the Hyenas heroes. The Pro is a classic-style bank robber with a shotgun, pop-out turret, and President Nixon mask. Commander Wright is an astronaut with a foam gun who can quickly create barricades, cover, and climbing platforms. Doc Hotfix is a player who believes he is a character in a game and therefore offers some fourth wall breaking comments. A few other characters can be seen in the trailer, but they haven’t been detailed yet.
No release date has been announced for Hyenas as of yet, but a playable alpha is planned and can be registered at playhyenas.com. When Hyenas finally launches, it will be available on Xbox and PlayStation consoles, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.
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Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK news and features editor.