It would seem like every multiplayer and MMO game in the world has decided to get into some form of beta phase today. Today’s announcement of a Hunt: Showdown Steam Early Access release has crossed our desk, letting the wider gaming world in on the PvPvE FPS full of demons to kill and players to be scared of.
Producer Fatih Özbayram decided to take a moment to thank the game’s closed alpha testers. “It was essential for us in our continuing developments, and we are grateful to have such a dedicated community this early in the game,” remarks Özbayram. “Early access is a big milestone for the team, and we are all excited to finally be releasing Hunt: Showdown out into the wild,” added creative director Magnus Larbrant.
Promising a “tense, dark, addictive, terrifying” multiplayer gaming experience, Hunt: Showdown is available on Steam at $29.99 for those who are interested in taking a closer look and have the cash to burn. According to the game’s Stem page, early access should run for about 12 months, though that timeline may lengthen or shorten depending on community feedback.
Patch notes for the early access build can be read here and a trailer for early access is below.
Hunt: Showdown definitely has a unique angle for multiplayer first-person shooters, which is saying something in a subgenre that is most definitely full. We’re looking forward to seeing more impressions of this gothic shooter soon…unless, of course, we have some impressions ourselves.
PC gamers are about to have a new monster to deal with. And that monster is man! Also, it’s literally monsters. Crytek has officially announced the start date for the Hunt: Showdown closed alpha test with some information on scope and content for those who like to hunt creatures and other players hunting creatures.
A “select group” of PC players will be selected to hop into Hunt: Showdown’s murky world starting on Wednesday, January 31st. Testing will focus on gameplay, balancing and backend functionality along with the expected player feedback collection.
As for content, the base game will be in place, where ten players in either solo or duo teams will track a monster on a map to take out the target, collect its bounty, and escape with their lives as other players try to steal said bounty. Updates to the alpha test will bring new weapons, traits and ranks.
Players who have been chosen for the first round of alpha can expect emails sometime soon, with multiple waves of testing planned, though the number of those waves and the length of the closed alpha overall was not part of the announcement. Regardless, those interested in being selected can still sign up on the game’s website.
Hunt: Showdown’s setting is absolutely its biggest draw, but now we get to perhaps learn a bit more about how this game actually plays and whether or not it’s enough to see it rise above other competitive PvP shooters. Are you interested in what Hunt: Showdown is offering? Let us know below.
Crytek’s upcoming PvP/PvE multiplayer shooter Hunt: Showdown is beginning its first steps towards a wider release. Initial plans for the Hunt: Showdown alpha test phases have been revealed, including a general window for testing to start.
Alpha testing is set to kick off sometime this Winter, though whether that means December of 2017 or January/February of 2018 wasn’t made clear. Regardless, anyone who is interested in learning more is directed to follow the game’s social media. Fans are also able to sign up on the game’s site to be considered for testing as well as receive the game’s newsletter.
“After initial tests with a very limited amount of players, we are planning to invite more and more testers with each phase,” said producer Fatih Özbayram in a statement. “This is the first step in building a close relationship with our community and integrating their feedback into our development process, something we plan on continuing—and intensifying—during early access.”
Hunt: Showdown does look like a very interesting game, and while we would have liked to report more specific details, we’re glad to at least have a window for when testing begin. “This Winter” is still pretty soon, all things considered! We’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date.
What do you get when you mesh an FPS, a monster-killing bounty hunt, and PvP survival? You get the Hunt: Showdown announcement, a new game revealed by Crytek that is soon heading into Steam Early Access.
Described as a “competitive first-person bounty hunting game with heavy PvE elements”, Hunt: Showdown has players arriving to a map either solo or in pairs, tracking a monster bounty, bagging the kill, and then escaping the map with the bounty alive because once a bounty has been earned, you become a target for everyone else…and death is permanent, whether it’s by the hands of others or the claws of critters.
Hunt will be landing on Steam Early Access sometime soon and will run for approximately 12 months according to the game’s Steam page. Development will introduce additional gear, monsters, maps, modes, and crafting. “We want to take the time to make Hunt the game we’ve always wanted to play,” remarks creative director Magnus Larbrant.
You can watch a trailer of Hunt: Showdown below.
So it basically sounds like the Dark Zone PvP of The Division meshed with Bloodborne’s creep factor and the Old West. Sounds like a pretty tangy cocktail to us, and a reasonably unique game for multiplayer FPS fans. Tell us your impressions of this one in our comments!