Creative Assembly is most well-known as the developer of the Total War video games, however it additionally made the excellent survival horror Alien: Isolation, and we’ve recognized for a while that the staff chargeable for that has been increasing and dealing on one thing else – a multiplayer sci-fi shooter. Today, lastly, their challenge is revealed: it’s referred to as Hyenas.

‘Another multiplayer shooter,’ you could say, however Hyenas is a bit completely different. For one factor, groups of three compete to not be the final ones standing, however to steal gaudy tat from the world’s most loathsome billionaires.

“The billionaires have finally made it to Mars, leaving Earth and those tax bills far behind,” explains Creative Assembly. “The zero-gravity tech that powered their journey has shattered our planet, abandoning us in a drifting slum called the ‘Taint’. The only thing the rich care for is rare merch – pop culture swag from the lives we left behind – which they loot from the rubble to furnish their Martian mansions. Time for us to steal it back”.

As a part of a trio, you compete with NPC employed goons and different groups of player-controlled Hyenas over the garish contents of Plunderships – gigantic, floating purchasing malls, which the ultra-rich use to point out off their ill-gotten artefacts from the former planet Earth, together with Pez dispensers, SEGA Mega Drives, and Panini soccer sticker albums.

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The maps are designed as large sandboxes, with alarm programs, boobytraps, and pockets of billionaire bodyguards so that you can slaughter and exploit. The tempo is described as “blisteringly quick”, and every Plundership has pockets of zero gravity, that means wall operating, vertical motion, and mid-air fight may all come into play. Once you’ve looted your merch, you must escape the Plundership forward of everybody else, much like exfiltration battle royales in the likes of Escape from Tarkov.

“We believe the key to modern shooter success is understanding what players want to see and where they want to take their experience,” says David Nicholson, Hyenas’ govt producer. To tackle the greatest video games in the trade, we have to hear what gamers suppose, proper up entrance and early. If you’re in, we need to take you alongside for the trip.”

It all sounds fairly fiery, particularly in the world of as we speak, the place the exploits of Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg et al often make you need to unplug your web and throw your TV by means of a closed window.

Hyenas is scheduled to launch on PC in 2023. Creative Assembly is eager to get your suggestions earlier than that too and has already opened signal ups for the first closed alpha. You can head there now and put down your identify.

If it means getting a crack at Elon Musk, we’re undoubtedly in.