Developer Creative Assembly has finally exposed Hyenas, its long-bought sci-fi shooter – and while Alien Isolation fans might be a little disappointed to see it’s not a much-anticipated successor, it has caught everyone who’s ever dreamed of it. to do in a room should be very cheerful.
Creative Assembly first revealed it was working on a sci-fi shooter back in September 2018, calling it an “ambitious multiplayer title” and a “new take on the FPS genre” that will allow players to “embrace a variety of creative playstyles”. Nearly four years later, that project is now called Hyenas, a “bally entry into the most competitive genre in gaming.”
“In Hyenas, the world is broken… literally,” explains Creative Assembly. “The billionaires have finally arrived on Mars, leaving Earth and those tax bills far behind. The gravitational technology that made their journey possible has shattered our planet, leaving us in a floating slum called ‘Taint’. All that the rich care about. for is rare Merch, pop culture swag from the lives we left behind, which they loot from the rubble to furnish their Martian mansions.”
All that valuable swag is collected and stored in interstellar malls known as Plunderships, and players will have to assemble a team of uniquely skilled criminals to break in, steal what they can, and get out safely – and that. all while avoiding hired thugs, alarm systems and weaponized drones.
The twist, though, is that Hyenas isn’t just a game of cooperative multiplayer heists. In addition to the environmental hazards mentioned above, each three-man crew will also have to deal with four other teams, all trying to walk away with the “spiciest haul”.
Creative Assembly calls each Plundership a “sandbox playground of interlocking systems that create endless possibilities for slick teams to exploit”, promising “terribly fast moves and deadly combat” as each match unfolds. And to mix things up a bit further, players will also have to navigate “dangerous and often switchable zero-G zones” as they work to eliminate other crews.
While Creative Assembly isn’t saying much more about Hyenas just yet, it does note that the game won’t feature any pay-to-win mechanics. However, there are Panini sticker albums, a Sega Mega Drive and Pez dispensers, so there you go.
Hyenas launches next year for Xbox One, Series X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC, but impatient types can Sign up for the game’s first, and seemingly imminent, closed alpha test now on pc.