Hyenas: Release Date, Trailers, Gameplay, And More
We'd heard rumours that the Creative Assembly team behind Alien Isolation and Halo Wars 2 were working on a completely new IP, and in June 2022 it was finally revealed as Hyenas, a multiplayer PvPvE shooter that looks and sounds like one of the more unique FPS titles in recent years. The developers behind Hyenas have described it as a "multiplayer, multi-team robbery game" that's set in a post-apocalyptic future where the rich have destroyed Earth and blasted off to Mars, leaving the poor to live in a floating slum. If you're interested in something that's set to take the multiplayer FPS in a weird new direction, check out all we know about Hyenas, including the release date, gameplay, and more.
Hyenas Release Date
The Hyenas release date hasn't been officially revealed yet, but we do have a vague release window of sometime in 2023. Players can get their hands on the game early though, as there will be an alpha taking place before release that you can sign up for on the game's website.
Our only taster of Hyenas so far was the reveal trailer that was revealed in June 2022. It was a cinematic trailer that gave us a solid look at the game's graphic novelesque art style, its somewhat whacky and humorous tone, the different characters you'll get to play as, along with the general style of gameplay.
It showed off a tonne of fast-cutting scenes, ranging from firefights between the unique characters and generic looking mercenaries, some zero-g movement around a space station, shots of different abilities in use, and a lot of references to SEGA properties like Sonic and Super Monkey Ball.
While we haven't seen the Hyenas gameplay yet, the developer has revealed plenty about how the game is set to play. Like we said earlier, it's described as a "multiplayer, multi-team robbery game" where five teams of three will take each other and AI across massive spaceships in orbit all to try and steal merchandise and loot to extract with.
In the game's lore, after the rich destroyed Earth and went to Mars, they would periodically send back ships to collect pop culture treasure so they could sell it on. This is where you step in to halt the rich-aligned enemy AI by killing them and breaking into the vaults full of merch to steal for yourself.
It also has some hero shooter mechanics, with the developers revealing you can play as different characters, though these would be expanded on in future updates about the game. In an interview with IGN, the creative director, Charlier Bewsher, talked a little about these characters.
So far we know about the Pro who has a deployable turret, Commander Wright who has a foam gun to create makeshift cover and jumping platforms, along with Doc Hotfix who is a fourth-wall breaking character who thinks they are in a video game. Bewsher also said the different characters would fit into general archetypes, such as attackers, support, and more.