One year! It’s been a year since we jumped from the chopper onto the jungle floor. A year since we slid through the trees using infrared to spot our next trophy thorn. It has been a crazy year of hunting and hunting.
When the hunt began last April, we promised it was just the start. Since then: Dutch has arrived, letting you know about the time lost with tapes of its whereabouts; five different predators (Viking, Samurai, Valkyrie, Jungle Hunter and City Hunter) observed your every move; new classes for the Predator and Fireteam made the game more difficult; a new mode has been introduced allowing friends (4v4) to CLASH, literally; countless weapons, skins, loot, Easter eggs, and trophies have been found / dropped / earned; you can host private matches which give you the ability to change the way you want to play; and there are four, actually now… 5 cards to test your skills on. You could say that IllFonic’s quarantine has been productive.
Before we move on, we want to thank everyone who played, wrote, vlogged, and supported our team. We do this for you. Keep comments and comments coming.
NOW… We have BIG NEWS and a lot to cover: New game platform, new map and lots of additions / updates. And all are available to take advantage of it today.
New platform game
We are on Steam! You can purchase Predator: Hunting Grounds on Steam today. To catch up with all Steam players, we will be offering a Predator DLC Pack – all four Predator DLC skins and abilities: Viking, Samurai, Valkyrie and City Hunter; plus early access * to three additional masks and six war paints. (This DLC package is also available on all platforms starting today, if you’ve been waiting to add to your Predator collection.) Finally, good news, Steam gamers don’t worry; our game is crossplay friendly and allows crossplay invitations. One thing to note, all in-game progress is stored on a per-platform basis and is not transferable.
New airstrip map
Deep in the jungle, the Stargazer mercenary fleet has an airstrip that they use to bring goods in and out of the area. The airstrip map will again challenge the player’s skills; Not only will it push your vertical limits as you fight on hangar rooftops and dilapidated radio towers, but its open areas will leave you feeling vulnerable. Guerrilla snipers are waiting to take you one by one, and the broken sight lines leave you easy prey as the Fireteam. The predator is forced to calculate their every move because entering this space requires you to do hand-to-hand combat without easily escaping the trees. There are places to hide, but if you’re looking for shelter on a plane and the predator sees you, just know that you don’t pass them unless they want to.
The airstrip map took our team about seven months to develop from concept to creation. It will offer 12 different missions that will allow you to dodge bullets as you sneak through houses, radio towers, several Stargazer encampments, airplane hangars, and an airstrip littered with planes and helicopters, all scattered in the thick jungle.
The new map also brings deadly combat to CLASH. Several points on the map allow merciless battles. Our quality assurance team considers the radio tower to be an exciting place to defend. With multiple choke points, it’s a calculated but claustrophobic race to secure the location as your enemies emerge from all directions, making for an incredibly intense battle.
QA Play Tip – If you want some ridiculously fun CLASH, try the following in a private edited game. Use bottomless mags, increase the explosion range, dramatically increase speed, and decrease gravity slightly. Have everyone use rocket launchers or grenade launchers and watch the absurdity. It is the delight of an arsonist. For more hilarity, add Big Head mode; just be sure to register your game; we want to see the show.
We’ve given the Fireteam some new toys and a lot of specializations this year. Now it’s the Predator’s turn. Found in the field lockers, a massive amount of cosmetics arrive, including armor and weapon skins. And let’s not forget the trophies to come, including some Easter eggs. We will only give one for now; you will have to find it yourself or check our social network for advice on the rest. The Pauldron on Dutch is now finally a mask for the predator, you asked for, and we delivered; this mask is part of the early access version when you purchase this month’s Predator Package DLC.
The Specializations have been a hit, so there is a long list of Predator Specializations coming up with perks that correlate with each Predator. To see the full list, check out our detailed patch notes, but we’ll highlight a few:
- Hunter / Jungle Hunter: Tracker – Target isolation ignores mud.
- Scout: Phantom – Melee attacks from a cloak deal bonus damage.
- Berserker: Savage – Claiming restores health.
- Alpha: Wrath – After taking damage from the enemy fire team from behind, your next melee attack deals increased damage.
- Elder: Vicious – Opponents, you bleed faster when downed and take longer to revive.
While we’ve managed to hit the one-year mark, that doesn’t mean we’re done. We still have a lot to offer you. Maybe we’ll release new predators, characters, maps, and more. Who knows?! I guess you’ll have to keep looking at our social media, forums, and here to learn more.
Internet connection and PlayStation®Plus subscription (sold separately) required for online multiplayer.
* Additional war masks and warpaints unlockable for all through gameplay by December 2021.