Crytek has another surprise in store for gamers in addition to yesterday's Homefront 2 reveal. Introducing Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, a 4-player, cooperative, third-person action game set in the 1800's. Hunt seems to be heavily Left 4 Dead inspired, but thematically more in line with Van Helsing. Add to that mix the promise of a dynamic content generator that will change the environment and enemy selection in every playthrough and Hunt sounds like it has a lot of potential.
Hunt will be developed by Crytek USA, the studio that rose from the ashes of Vigil Games. That's the studio that worked on Darksiders, but was unfortunately dissolved in the THQ auction process. It will be the studio's first game since being formed, which means it has a lot to prove.
Crytek USA CEO David Adams and the founder of the now defunct Vigil Games offered this introduction to his new game:
"In HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age, players will be counting their bullets and crying out for help as they delve deeper into the shadowy world we've created. From the outset of the development process, we've poured our imaginations into the game so that everyone who plays HUNT will discover a challenging experience that feels fresh, captivating and rich in possibilities."
According to early details, Hunt will feature a world filled with living myths and folklore, though surprisingly the teaser trailer and concept art show enemies more akin to Killing Floor's zombie monstrosities than anything mythological. Not everything will be old fashioned, however, as Hunt will also include a weapon customization system so hunting parties can optimize their load outs for each challenge at hand.
Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age is planned to begin its closed beta later this year, which everyone can sign up for today on the official website. The cooperative game is PC will be PC exclusive.
Announcement trailer - YouTube