Hyenas is a new multiplayer shooter from the team behind Alien: Isolation

Sega and Creative Assembly have announced Hyenas, a PvEvP shooter from the team behind Alien: Isolation and Halo Wars 2.

Hyenas is set in a future where billionaires have colonized Mars and made Earth inhospitable. Hyenas is a fast-paced multiplayer FPS that casts players as anti-hero pirates stealing from the mega-rich. Each game hosts 15 players divided into five teams of three, and these teams compete against each other to steal treasure from a spaceship and escape with the largest loot pile. It sounds a bit like Hunt: Showdown, but with the slick and fast-paced sensibility of Apex Legends.

Other complicated things include an AI-controlled security force defending the vaults with the treasures they are looking for; Known as the MFPF (or “Murphs”), these guards fight anyone trying to steal from billionaires.

“These ships are not defenseless,” creative director Charlie Bewsher told IGN. “They are full of safety devices, sensors, switches, interactive systems and gimmicks. It’s a great environment for this competitive game to take place in.”

Since the maps are set on cargo ships that travel between Earth and Mars, you also have to contend with zero gravity. Certain segments of the maps have zero gravity, allowing you to float around and use 3D space in new ways. Other locations such as individual rooms and hallways also have on/off switches for Zero-G. Characters have maglock boots to overcome gravity issues if freestyle zooming around is not your preferred method of locomotion.

With numerous corridors, vaults, rooms, and hangar spaces, each Hyena map is quite large. According to Creative Assembly, you expect something bigger than a regular PvP Deathmatch map, but not quite as big as a Battle Royale map. Despite this, the team was inspired by the style of gameplay in games like Fortnite and Warzone.

“We didn’t want to do a battle royale, but we wanted to embrace this idea of ​​creating this unpredictable, chaotic space where players would find this new gameplay, new tactics, and eventually new player stories,” Bewsher said.

We wanted to create that unpredictable, chaotic space where players would find new gameplay

Each game takes place aboard a cargo spaceship transporting items from what is left of Earth to Mars. But these items, now traded by billionaires for massive money, might not be what you expect. In the world of Hyenas, pop culture artifacts from Earth’s past are the new diamonds, as you steal everything from Rubik’s Cubes and Sony Walkman tape decks to Sonic statues and green army men. Bewsher even says you could end up looting the first album you ever bought and promises you’ll see lots of different pop culture IPs in the game.

The cinematic reveal trailer shows a freighter loaded with New York memorabilia, including everything from subway cars to the Statue of Liberty itself. Hyenas definitely doesn’t take himself too seriously, and his colorful, comic book-style art reflects that.

Hyenas – Reveal cinematic screenshots

Creative Assembly has yet to detail all of the playable characters, but notes that they each fall into one of three categories: attack, dodge, and exploit. Engage characters are action-oriented, while dodge heroes focus on nimble movement and the occasional stealth. Exploit characters, on the other hand, are the hackers and support characters.

As part of the announcement stream on IGN, Creative Assembly name-checked some of Hyenas’ heroes. The Pro is a classic-style bank robber with a shotgun, deployable turret and President Nixon mask. Commander Wright is an astronaut with a foam cannon that can quickly set up barricades, cover, and climbing platforms. Doc Hotfix is ​​a player who thinks he is a character in a game, so he offers a fourth wall-breaking comment. A few other characters appear in the trailer, but they have yet to be detailed.

No Hyenas release date has been announced yet, but a playable alpha is planned and can be registered at playhyenas.com. When Hyenas finally releases, it will be available for Xbox and PlayStation consoles, as well as PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

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Matt Purslow is UK News and Features Editor for IGN.