New Hunt: Showdown video shows tense daytime gameplay

Hunt: Showdown free to play on Steam

Crytek keeps working on Hunt: Showdown, a co-op and PvP first-person shooter with an accomplished horror theme. The E3 2017 gameplay revealed the tense action unfolding in the murky swamps of Louisiana during nighttime, and was enough to convince many players that this game was going places.

Now, IGN has the exclusive on some hands-on footage which is set in the same swamps, but with a major change: things happen during daytime. This drastically changes the approach, as enemies (players and AI) are more easy to spot, but the tension and creepy feeling are still there.

Hunt: Showdown is as open world as a PvP shooter comes, and the mechanics are perfect for stirring up the matches: you have to discover the location of the objectives, all the while trying to evade the enemy teams. You can play alone or with a friend, and up to ten teams of two will also be out there, hunting the creatures and the other players. Sound and other environmental clues play a big part in the game, helping players spot one another – birds fly, dogs bark, all of this means that someone is in the proximity. It's shaping up to be a wonderful mess.

Hunt: Showdown was made from the ashes of Crytek's free-to-play 4v1 game Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age. We don't know if the business model is the same, and Crytek won't share any details about it, they just asked for “patience, hunter”. One thing we know is that Hunt: Showdown is coming to PC first, and consoles are still not a given.

Watch the new gameplay below.

You hunt in max 10 teams of 2, but you can hunt alone if you're brave enough.

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