In 2018, a job itemizing from Alien: Isolation studio Creative Assembly let slip that it was engaged on a tactical first-person shooter; the next yr, the studio formally confirmed it. And now, all these years later, we’re lastly getting our first take a look at what the crew has been as much as: Hyenas is a “space piracy smash and grab” multiplayer FPS that pits 5 groups of three in opposition to one another in a quest to rob orbital procuring malls of booty picked from the bones of a damaged Earth.
It’s the longer term, you see, and billionaires, having achieved what they do, are actually comfortably encamped on Mars. The zero-G tech they used to get there has sadly achieved a little bit of a quantity on the Earth (which presumably wasn’t in nice form to start out with, or in any other case why would anybody hassle going to Mars), leaving survivors to cling to existence in a floating slum referred to as the Taint.
But life finds a means, because the saying goes, and on this case that “way” is to crew up and bust into spaceborne warehouses referred to as Plunderships, which the ultra-wealthy have packed filled with merch, swag, loot, tat, and different kitschy crapola scavenged from the floor of the Earth by the oligarch diaspora, who’re apparently determined for reminders of life on their previous residence. Of course, cooperation in these endeavors solely goes to date, which signifies that as an alternative of everybody from the Taint working collectively to place the gears to the folks answerable for their state of affairs, 5 groups of three will battle royale one another to seize the products and make their getaway.
(This is how billionaires rise to positions of unchallenged authority within the first place, you recognize.)
“We believe the key to modern shooter success is understanding what players want to see and where they want to take their experience,” government producer David Nicholson mentioned. “We know we’ve got something interesting on our hands, but we also know the odds are stacked against us.
“To tackle the largest video games within the trade, we have to hear what gamers suppose, right up entrance and early. If you’re in, we need to take you alongside for the journey. That’s why after right this moment’s announcement, we’re additionally launching into the primary of our public alpha checks.”
Signups for the primary spherical of testing are open to anybody in North America and Europe who’s over 18 and has a Steam account. Initial classes will incorporate a small variety of gamers, however testing will confide in extra folks, areas and platforms as improvement progresses. This is what you may have to play:
- OS: Windows 7
- Processor: Quad core processor operating at 2.5 Ghz
- RAM: 10GB
- VRAM: 5GB
- DirectX: 12
- Drive Space: ~31GB
- OS: 64bit Windows 10
- Processor: Any sixth Gen Intel processor, or any Ryzen 1000 sequence or above
- RAM: 16GB
- VRAM: 6GB – Nvidia 1660 or AMD 5600 XT or Vega 556
- DirectX: 12
- Drive Space: ~31GB
Creative Assembly acknowledged that the really useful necessities are comparatively excessive, however mentioned it is nonetheless engaged on optimizing the game and decreasing the specs.
Sega and Creative Assembly mentioned that there is “much more detail to come” about Hyenas forward of its full launch in 2023, however for now you’ll be able to join a shot at testing entry and discover out extra about the way it all goes down at playhyenas.com.
Update: I initially described Hyenas, which options 5 groups of three gamers every preventing each other to perform particular duties inside an enclosed battleground, as a battle royale. Creative Assembly says (with some emphasis) that’s not the case, nevertheless.
BTW, NOT A BATTLE ROYALEJune 22, 2022