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Predator: Hunting Grounds – New Multiplayer Predator Game Announced for 2020!

What better day to completely surprise Predator fans with a brand new Predator game than the birthday of the legend himself, Kevin Peter Hall! Announced during Sony’s “State of Play” and coming from IllFonic, the developers of Friday the 13th: The Game, Predator: Hunting Grounds is Predator’s big solo return to the realm of video games since Concrete Jungle in 2005! Check out the cinematic reveal trailer below!

In an article published on the PlayStation Blog, IllFonic CEO Charles Brungardt went into more detail about what to expect of Predator’s return to video gaming:

One group of players will control members of an elite Fireteam: who pack state-of-the-art conventional firepower, from shotguns and SMGs to sniper rifles and more.

One player will control the Predator: a stealthy, acrobatic killing machine bristling with exotic alien technology such as the infamous Plasmacaster.

As the Fireteam attempt to carry out paramilitary missions – annihilating bad guys and recovering important items – the Predator will be closing in, using its advanced vision mode to track and ambush its prey.

While Brungardt didn’t go into too much detail, it sounds like Predator: Hunting Grounds will be an entirely multiplayer experience with some similarities to the way Friday the 13th plays with one player controlling the Predator and the other players as the prey.

 Predator: Hunting Grounds - New Multiplayer Predator Game Announced for 2020!

Though not confirmed, it also appears that Hunting Grounds is going to be a PlayStation exclusive. It’s currently slated for release in 2020.

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  1. Kailem
    Considering IllFonic's last game gave players the ability to unlock different Jasons from different Friday the 13th movies, even the futuristic Jason X, I think it's reasonable to assume players will be able to unlock various Predators.

    2, True voice chat and Proximity Chat: In Halo 2 and 3, only players on your team could hear your voice at all times while in-game (except for pre-game lobbies, where everyone can communicate freely). However, there was a feature called Proximity Chat that let you and enemy players hear each other if you were close enough. If Hunting Grounds had this feature, perhaps Vocal Mimicry could allow the Predator player to record the actual dialogue being spoken between team mates that he can overhear while stalking them nearby, and throw it back at them (with the distortion effect applied) as a taunt mechanic? The obvious downside is, given the usual vulgarity and immaturity of online gaming, the Predator player could inadvertently mimic some really questionable or offensive stuff.

    Wow! Very creative!

    It's not likely to be implemented for reasons already stated but that would truly be something special. Nice idea!

    Friday the 13th had proximity voice chat that led to some very fun situations, so I wouldn't be surprised if it showed up here too, though yeah obviously without actually being able to record it.

    That mud camouflage idea is cool, it could definitely help give the humans an edge, though you should probably only be able do it once at one spot. Otherwise it wouldn't take long for the thermal vision to be rendered useless if every match turned into a race to the mud spots and the entire human team could just camo themselves.

    I'd also like it if you could string bodies up, even if only at certain predetermined spots like in Concrete Jungle, which would give you bonus "trophy" XP as the Predator but leave you vulnerable while you were doing it. It'd give you a reason to do it, but also come with a downside that the human players could exploit if they caught you doing it, or saw one of their fellow players strung up and realised that was something you were trying to do.

    And yeah as has already been mentioned, the Predator as a character has a lot more variety in terms of what he can do than Jason does, so I wonder whether they're going to go with a pre-set list of stats/attributes like with Friday the 13th or have more of a customisable loadout for him? You could do cool things with either I think, like have a pre-set Predator that focuses on melee with no ranged weapons, one that's all about range but not got a lot up-close, one that perhaps has the medkit so he can heal/regain health but with the trade-off of not having as many weapons as other Preds etc.

    Likewise if they went with a player-custimisable loadout they could possibly go with a points or slots-based system, where each item you could equip would take up a certain amount of space in your loadout, so that you could have one or two powerful items at the cost of others. You could either go with one big, powerful weapon or gadget and not a lot else, or try to balance things out with multiple items that cost less in points or slot space.

    Either way Illfonic definitely did good with the multiple Jasons fan service in Friday the 13th, so it's a pretty good bet that whatever system they're going with we'll be getting multiple different Predators to play as.
  2. PredBabe
    Very exciting news! Even if it is not exactly the Predator game I’ve been wanting, it’s still a Predator game and hopefully it will be successful enough that it will lead to other Predator game installments. Maybe one that allows you to design your own Predator and hunt on different worlds.
  3. JokersWarPig
    The downside to Evolve (on the PC anyways) was that after the initial release people started kicking hunter players they didn't know right after joining a game. Hopefully that isn't something that'll happen in this.
  4. Hudson
    I'm reluctant to be excited about this game. I played the hell out of F13 The Game and the devs abandoned it conveniently due to a licensing issue, of which both parties had said the developers were fine to continue on with the Jason X material in particular. The developers decided to respond with radio silence with a patch every 6 months if that with no new material to be developed or released.

    The game remains absurdly unbalanced with glitches that have remained since launch. That radio silence has now been ended with a balance patch, then some social media presence but largely the game remains unfixed. I have little hope for this Predator game if that's that track record we have to contend with.

    I'm going to go with Evolve as a similar comparison in concept, because it's about four hunters and a monster, and it's multiplayer.

    Friday the 13th The Game is entertaining, but mostly just because it's goofy as hell. Navigating the menus is a more immersive Jason experience than actually playing the game, but there's some nice fan service here and there. Just gets repetitive though. Evolve felt like a new thing any time I played it.
  5. draken161
    That's the most concise explanation I've read as to the fate of this game. Thankyou. That gives me a little more hope as to the fate of this game. I shall watch it with greater interest that's for sure.
  6. Voodoo Magic
    I'm reluctant to be excited about this game. I played the hell out of F13 The Game and the devs abandoned it conveniently due to a licensing issue, of which both parties had said the developers were fine to continue on with the Jason X material in particular. The developers decided to respond with radio silence with a patch every 6 months if that with no new material to be developed or released.

    The F13 game was originally developed by IllFonic and Gun Media. Once they were sued, all DLC stopped and the game was pulled off the market. If you purchased it before then, you got to keep the game. But all DLC stopped. Then, to make matters worse, they lost the lawsuit. 

    Once Black Tower Studios took the game over it was already too late.
  7. draken161
    I'm reluctant to be excited about this game. I played the hell out of F13 The Game and the devs abandoned it conveniently due to a licensing issue, of which both parties had said the developers were fine to continue on with the Jason X material in particular. The developers decided to respond with radio silence with a patch every 6 months if that with no new material to be developed or released.

    The game remains absurdly unbalanced with glitches that have remained since launch. That radio silence has now been ended with a balance patch, then some social media presence but largely the game remains unfixed. I have little hope for this Predator game if that's that track record we have to contend with.
  8. Samhain13
    Suprised and interested, but a goddamn ps4 exclusive? f**king hell I hope not. Xbox exclusives now have the windows 10 play anywhere thing, don't know if ps has something similar for pc players.

    For those talking about F13. Right now it got 8 maps, 3 locations have 2 versions (normal and reduced) and other 2 locations that are bigger sized. The locations of stuff like objetives is random per match, so it changes even if its the same map, matches are hardly ever the same. There is a lot of customization for the counselors, a lot of creative executions for the 8 Jasons you can play as. Hope they add a lot of Predators we have seen, movies and EU.

    A big issue is the balancing, hope they make it defeating the Predator very hard, in F13 killing Jason became too easy, they buffed Jason some months ago but for high level players its still not a issue to kill him. Once my party killed a Jason 3 matches in a row. f**king boring. But they managed to add a "campaign" mode for the game and it was interesting.

    The lawsuit kind of screwed the other upcoming dlc, they were going to add more stuff like Jason X skin and other maps. Other rights issues prevented them to bring Remake Jason and FvsJ Jason. If the team doesn't face the same problems we could have a lot of continuous support for this one thus adding more stuff over time.
  9. Wysps
    Literally the first "original" idea to come from the Pred Universe in over a decade at least.

    I can't belive they aren't going to add X-Men, or a Predator-Incredible Hulk to this.  Amazing.  Good old-fashion Hunt-kill-Pred.  Wow.  Who would've thought.

    And guess what everyone.  It's going to be a hit. Go figure.

    I know, it's shocking (in a good way) that we're actually getting a pure Predator game here.  I'm crossing my fingers that they don't try to fiddle with the idea at the last minute and, idk, try to sneak in some sort of tie-in with another universe. 

    Despite my being horrible at multiplayer games, I will be giving this a shot  8)
  10. Original Predator
    Literally the first "original" idea to come from the Pred Universe in over a decade at least.

    I can't belive they aren't going to add X-Men, or a Predator-Incredible Hulk to this.  Amazing.  Good old-fashion Hunt-kill-Pred.  Wow.  Who would've thought.

    And guess what everyone.  It's going to be a hit. Go figure.
  11. molasar
    Since the trailer wasn't in game footage, we don't know what type of gameplay it, will have. If it's a PS4 exclusive, it just might have VR compatibility.

    That would be something interesting. Be the predator.  :o
    Try to imagine it being made like Firewall Zero Hour but I do not believe they are concerned about it. There is only 4.2 million units sold of PS4 VR against 91.6 millions of PS4 consoles.




  12. Stitch
    Since the trailer wasn't in game footage, we don't know what type of gameplay it, will have. If it's a PS4 exclusive, it just might have VR compatibility.

    That would be something interesting. Be the predator.  :o
  13. molasar
    Rumors are that PS5 is going to be compatible with PS4.  Games may work with similar modes like on PS4 Pro. A performance frame mode with uncapped or 60fps option at the same base PS4 resolution, 4K resolution mode with the same base PS4 graphical effects or graphical mode with additional graphical effects at the same base PS4 resolution.
    I would not be surprised if the game will be also cross play compatible as there is a game called Helldivers which can be played between PS3, PS Vita and PS4 for example.
  14. The Kurgan
    Despite the risk that it makes pick-up games with uncooperative random players much harder for the humans, I hope they reward teamwork on the human side and patience and timing on the predator side.

    Love Voodoo's mud idea. Would force the pred to use different vision modes but would also be a risk for the human players as there would probably be only be a few locations to get it, so the predator could  lay in wait.

    When you think about there are so much small thing you could implement. Force the pred player to use the target laser for ranged attack so the humans have a little advance warning when they are targeted, put a river on the map so the humans could use it to secure their flanks etc, play with the vision modes. Infrared may give a big advantage, but you could be blindsided by a mud covered opponent when you overly rely on it or temporarly blinded with a flare or something like that, small makeshift traps or mines.

    A lot of potential there.
  15. Pvt. Soto
    It would be awesome that the Elite Fireteam players get to hunt down a cartel as a bonus before the predator starts hunting them, that would be awesome
  16. Voodoo Magic
    Considering IllFonic's last game gave players the ability to unlock different Jasons from different Friday the 13th movies, even the futuristic Jason X, I think it's reasonable to assume players will be able to unlock various Predators.

    2, True voice chat and Proximity Chat: In Halo 2 and 3, only players on your team could hear your voice at all times while in-game (except for pre-game lobbies, where everyone can communicate freely). However, there was a feature called Proximity Chat that let you and enemy players hear each other if you were close enough. If Hunting Grounds had this feature, perhaps Vocal Mimicry could allow the Predator player to record the actual dialogue being spoken between team mates that he can overhear while stalking them nearby, and throw it back at them (with the distortion effect applied) as a taunt mechanic? The obvious downside is, given the usual vulgarity and immaturity of online gaming, the Predator player could inadvertently mimic some really questionable or offensive stuff.

    Wow! Very creative!

    It's not likely to be implemented for reasons already stated but that would truly be something special. Nice idea!
  17. SuperiorIronman
    I think mimicking the player might get into some weird legal territory so I can't see that working. However I can imagine a command menu being utilized and the Predator being able to mimic those commands or maybe even mimicking the other team to catch the players off guard.

    I can also imagine the Predator having different taunts based on the films.

    Though as of right now we only know of three weapons and gadgets;
    Wrist blades
    Plasmacaster (it got name dropped)
    and one vision mode likely the typical thermal vision.

    While the outline is a bit distorted, the Predator design is most likely Jungle Hunter seeing as it got used in Ghost Recon and Mortal Kombat. It likely is since on the wristblade gauntlet the distortion curves towards the back like JH's.
  18. Komenja
    I really like the mud and bloodtrail ideas you guys got, makes me hope they incorporate stuff like that! So if we're spitballing ideas, what would y'all think about the implementation of Vocal Mimicry? I was talking a co-worker about this game yesterday and we came up with a few ideas for how it could work, depending on if voice chat exists in this game, and in what form.

    1, Voice Commands: If the game has a voice command system (Killing Floor 2 and EDF 4.1 for some PS4 examples) where a radial menu can have your character say things like "Follow me!" "Over here!" "Run for it!" and other helpful suggestions to your team mates, what if the Predator could use vocal mimicry to issue the same commands in order to lure nearby enemy players into traps and ambushes?

    2, True voice chat and Proximity Chat: In Halo 2 and 3, only players on your team could hear your voice at all times while in-game (except for pre-game lobbies, where everyone can communicate freely). However, there was a feature called Proximity Chat that let you and enemy players hear each other if you were close enough. If Hunting Grounds had this feature, perhaps Vocal Mimicry could allow the Predator player to record the actual dialogue being spoken between team mates that he can overhear while stalking them nearby, and throw it back at them (with the distortion effect applied) as a taunt mechanic? The obvious downside is, given the usual vulgarity and immaturity of online gaming, the Predator player could inadvertently mimic some really questionable or offensive stuff.

    3, Just a Taunt: Pretty much just relegating it a taunt button that randomly spits out one of the iconic mimicry lines from the films ("Anytime...", "Want some candy?", etc) or some of the iconic roars and laughs. Maybe even Pussyface's "Motherf**ker!" and "Shit happens."  :D
  19. molasar
    IMO, a long term success of this game will mainly depend on flow and mechanics of game play. Everything else, no matter how good, is going to get old pretty quickly and it already has a kind of strong competitor announced on the same day which is Ghost Recon: Breakpoint that comes out on October 4, 2019.
    All cool cinematics/cinematography may work in the first run for single player type of game which this one is not but P1+P2 films are still going to beat them easily.
  20. Voodoo Magic
    They would have to add the mud aspect right, so a soldier can go unseen in the Predator's thermal vision? It would probably need a time limit mechanic where it dries out after a minute or two.
  21. Corporal Hicks
    Would be cool if the humans would be able to damage the predator's gear. So that they could weaken an careless predator player by destorying his caster or damaging his cloaking device or redering the self destruct useless.

    They could also have an injured predator leave a bloodtrail until he patches himself up.

    Completely agree! All good ideas there, I especially like the bloodtrail. Even more so with Ironman's idea of the nightmare map...that'd be amazing.
  22. SuperiorIronman
    Would be cool if the humans would be able to damage the predator's gear. So that they could weaken an careless predator player by destorying his caster or damaging his cloaking device or redering the self destruct useless.

    They could also have an injured predator leave a bloodtrail until he patches himself up.

    I like that. People constantly forget that the backpack isn't something the shoulder cannon just sits on or thinks it's some sort of big battery, it's actually the medical kit.

    What would be cool about a bleeding mechanic is that on a nighttime map it would be critical for a Predator to not get hit since it would tell the humans immediately the Predator was shot, but if it took enough damage to bleed it could lead the humans right to the Predator. Maybe if the player loses too much health the healing takes longer and because it seems the medical instruments can cause the Predator to roar, maybe that would keep the Predators from being too active. A direct assault going badly can alert everybody to a low-health Predator.

    Anybody consider armor? Because the Predators have been heavier geared before and with more armor it could affect movement. So while Predator armor could have benefits like increased protection, the armor could weigh the Predator down and affect movement speed or the clanking of the armor could alert nearby human players.
  23. The Kurgan
    Would be cool if the humans would be able to damage the predator's gear. So that they could weaken an careless predator player by destorying his caster or damaging his cloaking device or redering the self destruct useless.

    They could also have an injured predator leave a bloodtrail until he patches himself up.
  24. Voodoo Magic
    Happy to help. Let's hope it lives up to its potential!

    I think Predator is far easier to translate to this kind of game because the concept allows more variety than Jason did. The amount of weapons, the kinds of gadgets and the nature of the game's conflict make a match a bit more involved than simply fleeing Jason (which wouldn't work at all with Predator).

    I kind of hope that the self-destruct is in this game as an added threat to the player. That even if you take the Predator down, you gotta double tap him else you got to flee the explosion. It would stop players from heading straight to the Predator since even if somebody gets lucky if they don't get the final blow they doom the whole match.

    I didn't even think of the self destruct! That would really add a wild dynamic to the game!

  25. Still Collating...
    Oh hell yeah, Predator needed another solo game for quite a while. I'm happy to hear this, but a PS exclusive? That's a pass for me then right of the bat, I'm a PC dude, never had and probably never will have a console. This better come out on PC if they want a decent player base.

    I haven't tried it myself but PS NOW is available on PC.

    Playstation Now on PC
    https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/explore/playstation-now/ps-now-on-pc/

    You'll have to purchase a USB controller and a PS Now subscription but then you'll be able to play PlayStation Exclusive Games. Since Predator will be an exclusive, I imagine it will be available through there.

    Didn't know about this! Thanks. Not happy about paying a subscription, I really hope this isn't an exclusive...

    I'm intrigued by the premise of the game, very simple but has a lot of potential. If it's an exclusive it'll have to be a really great game to get me involved.
  26. SuperiorIronman
    I think Predator is far easier to translate to this kind of game because the concept allows more variety than Jason did. The amount of weapons, the kinds of gadgets and the nature of the game's conflict make a match a bit more involved than simply fleeing Jason (which wouldn't work at all with Predator).

    I kind of hope that the self-destruct is in this game as an added threat to the player. That even if you take the Predator down, you gotta double tap him else you got to flee the explosion. It would stop players from heading straight to the Predator since even if somebody gets lucky if they don't get the final blow they doom the whole match.
  27. Voodoo Magic
    Great news.

    After The Predator, I didn't think we would get a stand-alone Predator game anytime soon.

    Considering The Predator was understandably trashed across social media by critics and fans alike, the $160 Million it still grossed worldwide is a huge sucess to me, especially considering other franchise relaunches like The Thing and Conan received deathblows at $27M and $48M total worldwide. Fortunately, even with perceived crap, there's still life yet to the Yautja!

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    I got a lot of short time fun out of the F13 game and I think the concept could work well for the Predator. If they fix the long term playability issues and smoothen out the sloppy parts that dragged the F13 one down, this could be a really fun game.

    This time it's not a Kickstarter funded game so hopefully they'll get more time to beta it. Hopefully they will have more time to include bells and whistles out of the box like single player campaign and not plan solo as a dlc - which got squashed when they lost the lawsuit. But yeah, this concept works great for Predator. The potential for something fantastic is there!  :)
  28. The Kurgan
    Great news.

    After The Predator, I didn't think we would get a stand-alone Predator game anytime soon.

    I got a lot of short time fun out of the F13 game and I think the concept could work well for the Predator. If they fix the long term playability issues and smoothen out the sloppy parts that dragged the F13 one down, this could be a really fun game.
  29. SuperiorIronman
    I just decided to check out Youtube to try and gauge the reaction to the trailer and it seems fairly positive. Near as I can tell it's got consumers excited and the like to dislike ratio is fairly positive. It seems the game has gotten a pretty good reaction out of people which is always good.

    Same sort of thing on Twitter and basically boils down to the same three complaints;
    1. They want it but its on PS4
    2. The game is multiplayer
    3. Hates that it's made by the F13 developers either being worried it'll die too early for licensing issues or it will release buggy.
  30. molasar
    We still do not know all details about exclusivity. Is it timed exclusive or definitely platform exclusive? Who is financing the whole project? Sony maybe covers a marketing and publishing part only that can be taken as working directly. If it is not an AAA game, it may pass as a platform exclusive but if it is then that is a big blow to the other platform holders.
    I say, I would wait until the end of E3 2019 and see if more news resurface about it.
    Just speculations.
    What is next? An Alien MMO shooter becomes Xbox/PC exclusive as an answer to it.
  31. Nightlord
    Well this was a pleasant surprise.
    I never even thought of putting predator in one of these 4v1 type of games, I imagine that balancing will be a nightmare as usual.

    Since they're working with Sony directly I wouldn't hold my breath for an Xbone version, PC could happen but it would be on the Epic store like Sonys other games.
  32. SuperiorIronman
    Had no idea this was happening so I was taken by surprise. Certainly a better reveal than that Iron man game awhile back, it seems they know what players have been asking for even if it seems its not a solo Predator experience. However there does seem to be a growing shift back to singleplayer games with the lootbox thing so if this sells well enough we could see a singplayer Predator game in the future if we're optimistic. Predator is a franchise that is very much suited for videogames so this might be the best time to transition into it.

    With it being a Sony exclusive I'd imagine they'd get a bigger budget. Granted it's supposed to come out next year and we got a trailer out of nowhere and not at a big game event, so this is probably on the lower end of the budget tier but it being a PlayStation exclusive does raise hopes.

    If I had to speculate, I'd imagine it works similarly to F13 where you can get different Predators. I'm not sure equipment would or should translate because some Predators have some gnarly gear, but I think it overall works since all of them have the basics. I'd imagine we should expect the movie Predators to show up like Jungle Hunter (who while cloaked I'm pretty sure its that design), City Hunter, the Super Predators, and even Fugitive if it has alternate Predators. I wouldn't hold my breath for AVP not because its a crossover, but primarily because it seems this is a product aimed at the solo franchise.

    I also appreciate the approach because its kind of novel. Basically having a Call of Duty match where players are trying to complete objectives on top of the Predator hunting your team down is kind of inspired. It adds to a frantic match where in the middle of it you could get people picked off and not realize it. I kind of dig that.
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