The Xbox Game Preview programme is the perfect place for developers to get their product out there, all whilst still being able to work on it and ensuring that the development process focuses on the matters at hand. It also gives gamers across the globe the chance to check out the potential of the product, helping the team behind it move in the right direction to ensure the end experience is the best it can be. It’s been used multiple times over the years with the likes of DayZ and Astroneer using it to it’s full potential. Heck, even Snooker Nation Championship made the most of its time in the scheme. Now though we find anything game running down the Xbox Game Preview route, as Hunt: Showdown slowly becomes a reality.
Available to purchase and download right now for Xbox One and via the Xbox Game Preview scheme, Hunt: Showdown comes direct from Crytek – yep, them of original Far Cry and Crysis fame – giving you the chance to hunt together, yet die alone.
Priced up at £24.99, Hunt: Showdown sees you wandering the Louisiana swamps as part of a group of bounty hunters who are trying to rid the world of some of the most nightmarish creatures. The problem is, these monsters have a taste of blood – your blood – and they’ll stop at nothing to get a feast of your flesh. It’ll therefore be up to you and your partner to ensure that even the smallest mistake is not made, because if it is, everything will be lost – your bounty, your gear, your life and even your very soul.
Should you manage to track your prey and succeed, then that is where Hunt: Showdown comes into its own, providing the winners with enough bounty to live the high-life. However, not all use the same victory markers and other hunters may just decide that you are in their way, taking that trophy from your cold hands.
Should you wish to give Hunt: Showdown a shot and are happy in the knowledge that this is a work in progress, that will change over time and may even never release – as unlikely as that sounds – then hopping over to the Xbox Store and picking up a copy on Xbox One is now possible. Let us know in the comments if you’ll be on the hunt and make sure to keep an eye out for our initial thoughts of how the whole showdown runs real soon.
This game is a work in progress. It may or may not change over time or release as a final product. Purchase only if you are comfortable with the current state of the unfinished game. Savage, nightmarish monsters roam the Louisiana swamps, and you are part of a group of rugged bounty hunters bound to rid the world of their ghastly presence. Banish these creatures from our world, and you will be paid generously—and given the chance to buy more gruesome and powerful weapons. Fail, and death will strip you of both character and gear. Your experience, however, remains in your pool of hunters—called your Bloodline—always. HIGH RISK, HIGH REWARD, HIGH TENSION Hunt’s competitive, match-based gameplay mixes PvP and PvE elements to create a uniquely tense experience where your life, your character, and your gear are always on the line. At the beginning of each Bounty Hunt match, depending on whether you have chosen team play or solo play, up to five teams of two or ten solo players set out to track their monstrous targets. Once they’ve found and defeated one of these they will receive a bounty—and instantly become a target for every other Hunter left on the map. If you don’t watch your back, you’ll find a knife in it, and your last memory will be of someone else walking away with your prize. The higher the risk, the higher the reward–but a single mistake could cost you everything. Hunt’s Quick Play game mode offers a shorter match, during which up to ten individual players race to scavenge gear and find and close four rifts as they compete for a diminishing pool of bounty. First Hunter to the final rift absorbs its energy, but must survive the final count down to complete the mission—while the other Hunters attempt to take them out and take the prize for themselves. When the timer runs out the winner keeps their Hunter, while the rest perish. PROGRESSION Even in death, you will be able to progress among the ranks of Hunters via your Bloodline. Though one character may die, their experience will be transferred to your Bloodline, where it can be applied your other Hunters. If you make it off of the map alive, you will be able to use the money and experience you earn to kit out new Hunters and prepare for the next match. If you die, you lose everything but your experience. DARK SIGHT Dark Sight allows Hunters to see into the veil between worlds, making that which cannot be seen by mortal eyes visible to those who have been initiated. Use Dark Sight when you are tracking monsters, and a ghostly light will guide you toward your next target. Dark Sight also marks players carrying a bounty, making them more vulnerable to ambush while trying to escape. Full details on the latest status of the game, how you can give feedback and report issues can be found at https://www.huntshowdown.com/.