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Closed Beta for Hunt: Showdown Planned for January 31

Crytek has announced a closed beta for Hunt: Showdown, their upcoming online-multiplayer focused monster-hunting survival game.

The upcoming closed beta is planned for January 31st, with sign-ups currently available via the game’s official website. The beta is planned for PC, and will focus on testing game balance, gameplay mechanics, and backend functionality – as well as overall feedback from the community.

As per most closed betas, applicants will be selected at random and will receive an email invite.

Here’s a rundown on the game, via Crytek:


Savage, nightmarish monsters roam the Louisiana swamps, and you are part of a group of rugged bounty hunters bound to rid the world of their ghastly presence. Banish these creatures from our world, and you will be paid generously—and given the chance to buy more gruesome and powerful weapons. Fail, and death will strip you of both character and gear. Your experience, however, remains in your pool of hunters—called your Bloodline—always.

Key Features:

  • HIGH RISK, HIGH REWARD, HIGH TENSION
    Hunt’s competitive, match-based gameplay mixes PvP and PvE elements to create a uniquely tense experience where your life, your character, and your gear are always on the line. At the beginning of each match, up to five teams of two set out to track their monstrous targets. Once they’ve found and defeated one of these they will receive a bounty—and instantly become a target for every other Hunter left on the map. If you don’t watch your back, you’ll find a knife in it, and your last memory will be of another team of Hunters walking away with your prize. The higher the risk, the higher the reward–but a single mistake could cost you everything.
  • PROGRESSION
    Even in death, you will be able to progress among the ranks of Hunters via your Bloodline. Though one character may die, their experience will be transferred to your Bloodline, where it can be applied your other Hunters. If you make it off of the map alive, you will be able to use the money and experience you earn to kit out new Hunters and prepare for the next match. If you die, you lose everything but your experience.
  • DARK SIGHT
    Dark Sight allows Hunters to see into the veil between worlds, making that which cannot be seen by mortal eyes visible to those who have been initiated. Use Dark Sight when you are tracking monsters, and a ghostly light will guide you toward your next target. Dark Sight also marks players carrying a bounty, making them more vulnerable to ambush while trying to escape.

Hunt: Showdown is currently in development for Windows PC, via Steam. In case you missed it, you can find our behind-closed-doors impressions and gameplay from the game here.

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3 comments
  1. Madbrainbox
    Madbrainbox
    January 22, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Said it when this was announced but this is a very weird thing to come out of a AAA dev.Usually those studios are places where creativity goes to die.I’ll keep an eye on it.

  2. Gainsayer
    Gainsayer
    January 23, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Windows 10.
    Aaaaaand dropped.