Developer Creative Assembly has finally unmasked Hyenas, its long-in-the-works sci-fi shooter – and while Alien Isolation fans may be a little disappointed that it’s not a much-hoped for sequel, everyone who’s ever dreamed of it, Heisting a room should be very cheerful.
Creative Assembly first announced in September 2018 that it was working on a sci-fi shooter, calling it an “ambitious multiplayer title” and a “fresh approach to the FPS genre” that would allow gamers to ” to embrace a variety of creative playstyles”. Almost four years later, that project has now been dubbed Hyenas, a “bold entry into the most competitive genre in gaming.”
“In Hyenas, the world broke…literally,” explains Creative Assembly. “Billionaires have finally made it to Mars, leaving Earth and those tax bills far behind. The zero-gravity technology that propelled their journey has destroyed our planet, leaving us in a floating slum called ‘Taint’. The only thing the rich care about is rare merch, pop culture swag from the life we left behind that they loot from the rubble to set up their Martian mansions.”
All of this valuable loot is collected and stored in interstellar malls known as Plunderships, and players must assemble a crew of uniquely skilled criminals to break in, steal what they can, and get out safely – all while avoiding They hired thugs, alarm systems and armed drones.
The twist, however, is that Hyenas isn’t simply a game of cooperative multiplayer heists. In addition to the aforementioned environmental hazards, each crew of three must also contend with four other teams, all trying to get away with the “hottest loot”.
Creative Assembly calls each Plundership a “sandbox playground of interlocking systems that create endless opportunities for skilled teams to exploit” and promises “lightning-speed movement and deadly combat” as each match unfolds. And to mix things up a little more, players must also navigate “dangerous and often switchable zero-G zones” while working 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 a pay-to-win mechanic. However, there are Panini sticker albums, a Sega Mega Drive, and Pez dispensers, so here we go.
Hyenas launches next year for Xbox One, Series X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC, but those impatient can register now for the game’s first and seemingly imminent closed alpha test on PC.