Today, developer Crytek — who you may recognize from the original Far Cry, the Crysis series, Ryse: Sone of Rome, Robinson: The Journey, and more — released the first gameplay footage for its upcoming PvP monster hunter game: Hunt: Showdown.
The new footage features the game’s Creative Director Magnus Larbrant and Level Design Director Chris Auty as they hunt down a monstrous spider in a dark Louisiana swamp. With four other teams of two also chasing after the same bounty — not to mention many more monsters constantly lurking — the two deploy a combination of stealth and violence to get the bounty.
While matches of the game will run anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes, the new video consolidates one round into a tense eight-minute experience.
The following overview of the game is provided by Crytek itself:
You and your partner are members of a secret hunting society that tracks and kills monsters. The bounties are high, but so are the risks. The smallest mistake will cost you everything—your bounty, your gear, your life, and your very soul.
Some hunt for wealth, some for power. Some hunt to protect others, some hunt for glory. You must track your quarry through a dark and treacherous world. Winner takes all. Fail, and go straight to hell.
Hunting for sport is child’s play. This is a different kind of game, one with high stakes and even higher rewards. You will face creatures that want to gorge themselves on your flesh and devour your soul.
Everything and everyone is against you—even the earth itself. Make one mistake, and you will die in filth, forgotten. Succeed, and the bounty and the glory will be immense.
Other hunters seek the same prey, lust for the same bounty. Get in their way, and you may find yourself their target. Get caught, and they will pry your trophy from your cold, dead hands.
For those that don’t know: Hunt: Showdown was originally in development by Crytek USA, after being announced in June 2014. The pitch of the game — which was known as Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age at this point — was it would be a type of co-op spiritual successor to Darksiders.
Then a month later on July 30th, Crytek announced that as part of a restructuring, development of Hunt would be shifted to Crytek, as Crytek USA was shut down. Then the game was re-announced — with its new name and a bit of a reimagining — in May 2017.
In development for PC (console versions are being considered), it’s currently unclear when Hunt: Showdown will release. Below, you can check out the new gameplay video, as well as a new batch of screenshots: