Publisher Sega and developer Creative Assembly (Alien Isolation, Total War series) finally announced HYENAS, their previously teased new shooter IP.
Not much was known about it back then outside of being “genre-defining“, but now it’s been revealed to be a sci-fi multiplayer shooter called HYENAS.
HYENAS is slated for launch on Windows (via Steam and the Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S sometime in 2023. If you’re interested in the game, there is also an alpha sign up here.
Here’s the reveal trailer:
No actual gameplay was shown off in the announcement trailer, but from the descriptions made by the developers during the livestream reveal (via IGN), the game will be a mix of a battle royale like Apex Legends, with teams of 3, and more objective-based goals rather than being the last to survive. It’s also a first-person shooter.
With unique abilities in matches where 5 teams of 3 compete against each other to shoot, evade, and ultimately steal, in order to win. Given what’s shown in the trailer, it appears most of the goods that will be stolen will mainly be pop culture items.
Think something like Funko Pop’s or Nendoroids, where this game will most assuredly have plenty of pop culture references with this design.
Here’s a brief rundown of the game:
Earth is gone, the rich have colonised Mars and the rest of humanity is living their worst life in The Taint, a giant orbiting slum. While humanity is trying to survive, the Mars billionaires are more worried about fulfilling their nostalgic dreams. Plunderships, massive retail spacecrafts dedicated to selling salvaged pop-culture artefacts from Earth, our artefacts, at space-high prices to satisfy their desires.
We, an unlikely pack of talented robbers, hit the Mars elite where it hurts most: their stuff A.K.A. OUR stuff. They call us ‘HYENAS’.
We get in, empty some clips into their security clones and other “preventative measures”, steal all the best stuff then get out. Exploding a clone in zero gravity is kind of messy, but as long as we make it out with the merch it’s worth it. So, you in?
- Give Zero Fs in Zero-G – Why walk when you can fly? Traverse seamlessly into zero-G zones where movement and combat take flight.
- Meet the HYENAS – A cast of memorable misfits with unique abilities and big personalities. Pick a Hyena to suit your style, whether that’s all guns blazing, or manipulating the environment to your advantage.
- Steal Iconic Merch – Yesterday’s pop culture collectibles are priceless artefacts in a post-Earth age. Steal iconic memorabilia from the Plunderships’ vaults before rival crews do.
- Become the Top Pack – Compete against other packs of players while taking down Plundership security forces. Meet your loot quota and make your escape to win.
- An Evolving Challenge – Look forward to new HYENAS joining the party and the launch of extra Plunderships with more precious merch to steal.