Hyenas is a fast-paced multiplayer FPS set in a future where billionaires have colonized Mars and made Earth inhospitable. Each match is played by 15 players divided into five teams of three, competing to steal the treasures from the spaceship and escape with the biggest pile of loot. Sounds a bit like Hunt: Showdown, but with the smooth and fast Apex Legends responsiveness.
Further complications include AI-controlled security forces that defend vaults containing sought treasures; known as the MFPF (or “murphs”), these rangers will fight anyone who tries to rob billionaires.
“These ships are not defenseless,” explained creative director Charlie Bewsher to IGN. “They’re full of security features, sensors, switches, interactive systems and gadgets. It’s a great environment for this competitive game. “
Since the maps are set on freighters traveling between Earth and Mars, you also have to contend with zero gravity. Some map segments will have no gravity whatsoever, allowing you to float and use 3D space in new ways. Other locations, such as individual rooms and corridors, also have on / off switches for zero gravity. Characters have maglock boots to help overcome any gravity issues if navigating any style shouldn’t be your preferred method of travel.
With numerous corridors, crypts, rooms and hangar spaces, each Hyena map is quite large. Creative Assembly says it expects something bigger than a regular PvP deathmatch map, but something that isn’t quite as big as a Battle Royale map. Despite this, the team was inspired by the gameplay seen in games like Fortnite and Warzone.
“We didn’t want to do battle royale, but we wanted to create this unpredictable, chaotic space where players could find new gameplay, find new tactics, and eventually find new player stories,” said Bewsher.
Each match is played aboard a freighter that carries items from the remnants of Earth to Mars. But those items that billionaires are selling for huge amounts of money right now 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 be stealing everything from Rubik’s Cube and Sony Walkman tape recorders to Sonic statues and green soldiers. Bewsher even says you can rob the first album you’ve ever bought, and he promises you that you’ll see a lot of different pop culture IP addresses in the game.
The cinematic trailer shows a freighter full of New York-themed memorabilia, including everything from subway cars to the Statue of Liberty itself. The hyena definitely doesn’t take herself seriously, and her colorful comic-book style artwork reflects that.
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Creative Assembly does not list all playable characters yet, but notes that each of them falls into one of three categories: engaging, avoiding, and abusing. Characters engaging in combat focus on action, while dodging heroes focus on agile movement and occasional hiding. Meanwhile, Exploit characters are hackers and support characters.
As part of the stream of announcements on IGN, Creative Assembly checked the names of several Hyenas. The Pro is a classic style robber with a shotgun, extendable turret and President Nixon mask. Commander Wright is an astronaut with a foam gun that can quickly create barricades, covers, and climbing platforms. Doc Hotfix is a gamer who believes he is a character in the game and therefore offers a fourth comment that breaks the walls. A few other characters can be seen in the trailer, but they haven’t been described in detail yet.
So far, no release date has been announced for Hyen, but a playable alpha is planned to be signed up at playhyenas.com. When Hyenas is finally released, it will be available on Xbox and PlayStation, as well as on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.
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Matt Purslow is the IGN News and Features Editor for UK.