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Predator: Hunting Grounds Cover Art, New Trailer & Trial Weekend Starting March 27!

Have you been hesitant about purchasing Predator: Hunting Grounds? Illfonic and Sony are you giving you the opportunity to give the upcoming a game a full weekend of trial play nearly a month before the game’s official release, as well as a brand new trailer and our first look at Predator: Hunting Ground’s cover art!

The new trailer features the debut of the Predator’s netgun, what appears to be an AA-12 (like Royce uses in Predator), footage of a Fireteam member blocking a Predator strike with his knife and we get a quick look at Ol’ Painless too! The new announcement also confirms crossplay between the PC and PlayStation!

“I am so excited to announce we will be running a trial weekend for Predator: Hunting Grounds, starting on March 27, and running through March 29. The Trial will be open to PS4 players with a PlayStation Plus membership and PC players as well via Cross-play support. Just hop to PlayStation Store, download the Trial, and start hunting!”

The Trial version will be available to download on March 27 in Japan at 3pm JST, in Europe at 4pm GMT, and in North America at 5pm PST. This Trial version will be a newer build of the game than the Pre-Alpha that Illfonic and Sony have been touring around the various gaming conventions, and be more representative of the final product. Please be sure to keep a close eye on our YouTube channel as we’ll be streaming all weekend!

 Predator: Hunting Grounds Cover Art, New Trailer & Trial Weekend Starting March 27!

Alien vs. Predator Galaxy recently had the pleasure of chatting to Illfonic CEO Charles Brungardt and Chief Creative Officer Jared Gerritzen about Predator: Hunting Grounds on our podcast. If you haven’t already, be sure to give it a listen! We were also on hand at EuroGamer 2019 to try the Pre-Alpha build of the game. That is available to read here.

Thanks to molasar and Xenomorphing for the heads up! Make sure you stick with Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest news on Predator: Hunting Grounds! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien and Predator fans on our forums!



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  1. SuperiorIronman
    Ok, so they have other opponents in the game. How hard would it have been to add a 90 hour campaign?  How hard?

    Even with my basic knowledge of game-development, it is very difficult. Creating a videogame is a difficult process and especially so when you have I.P holders who have to approve of what you're doing. 90 hours I believe is referring to a game on par with RDR2 and that's just not happening here and never was. Games like that also require a Hell of a lot of work and are extremely expensive to make. I highly recommend trying out Cry-engine or any other openly available software to develop off of because you find out real quick that game-development is a hard job.
    Ilfonic is also a much smaller team that despite the backing from Sony just doesn't have the resources to do it. Ilfonic had attained the rights to do it and developed it during the transition from Fox to Disney which makes approvals even harder to get done as attention is focused elsewhere. Be thankful it even came out unlike Alien which couldn't catch a break. 90 hours is also extremely excessive for a Predator title and in-general.

    After launch I'd expect something like a challenge mode being single-player but the main event is hunting other people and they've been more than open about this. Support the game to get it in the future because if not nobody's going to get single-player as despite recent references only one other developer (and rumored as far as I can tell) was interested in the I.P. Support what you have and could get, not a pipe-dream that was never going to happen a month before launch.
  2. Kailem
    Nice! Good to have an idea of how much stuff we'll have access to in the trial.

    It actually looks like there'll be a lot more content than I figured. Three of the four fire team classes with unlockables and more Predator weapons than I was expecting, too. Gonna be fun getting to grips with both the smart disc and combistick. I wasn't sure whether either of those would be included, so that's pretty great.

    I like that each fire team class has different passive abilities, that really makes them feel like actual classes rather than just different skins with different weapons. Was it the recon class that we read a while ago would be able to "tag" the Predator so that everyone could see him? Either way I guess we'll have to wait for the full game to give that one a go.

    Cool to get confirmation that the missions are chosen randomly each time you play rather than being map-specific, too. If they were always the same for every map it wouldn't take too long for things to get samey and predictable for the Predator, so this is definitely the better approach to take.

    Nice to see the "mudding up" has an actual animation to it, too! These videos have definitely rekindled some of the hype that's been dampened thanks to everything else that's been going on in the world right now.
  3. Voodoo Magic
    https://blog.us.playstation.com/2020/03/24/predator-hunting-grounds-trial-weekend-overview/

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    I see the screenshots say "Captured From PS4 Pro". I wonder if Hunting Grounds will be playable in 4K.
  4. acrediblesource
    You know I keep hearing about this mythos lore about the jungle being the hottest it has ever been in decades or something....yet I see no shimmer effect. We have shimmer in other games like RDR2..... just sayin I was kind of expecting shimmer.
  5. razeak
    Yeah I would have preferred the spear gun over the bow to be honest (which just seems a bit too "human" and cumbersome to me), but since it looks like that'll be a weapon that shoots similar projectiles and can also pin enemies to walls they might have considered including both redundant.

    Honestly, I quite like the bow. You're completely right in how they're both functionally the same, so it's one or the other. But I've been wanting to see a Predator bow for some time and I've gotta say I like the addition.

    If the predators never figured out a bow, I would be pretty disappointed. A bow perfectly fits their bipedal form.

    Assuming there are bipedal creatures capable of creating tools on other worlds in our reality, it's extremely likely they'll figure out or have figured out a bow. One could be bow hunting dinner right now.
  6. Gr33n M4n
    The knifes and spears the Predator use are unique though, both in appearance and functionality. It's my opinion that the speargun, having already been in the games and in film would've been the better choice.
  7. Corporal Hicks
    Dutch used a handmade bow and It just seems like something only Humans would use. Seeing a Predator with a bow is just strange. Especially with no lore explanation.

    I think a bow is a pretty basic and fundamental hunting weapon. As much so as simply a spear. It's been something I've wanted to see done in a Predator aesthetic for so long and I think it works.

    The rifle Broken Tusk had I assumed was a shotgun. I wonder if that could get an appearance here.

    As Gr33n says, I believe the burners are more like handheld shoulder cannons than a shotgun.
  8. SuperiorIronman
    In the case of the bow I think it's fine because it does retain the theme and bows already are kind of messed up hunting instruments. A cursory glance into it has the bow cause heart and lung damage which makes sense for the character as it wouldn't want to damage the head.

    I guess maybe the weapon is a bit to normalized and explored but I wouldn't call it out of character for one to possess.
  9. Kailem
    Yeah I would have preferred the spear gun over the bow to be honest (which just seems a bit too "human" and cumbersome to me), but since it looks like that'll be a weapon that shoots similar projectiles and can also pin enemies to walls they might have considered including both redundant.

    Would love to be proven wrong though! The spear gun was one of the most fun weapons in the old AVP's.

    The Predators have more than a few weapons that could be considered "too human". The spears, glaive, whip, smart disk too. Their smart disc is basically a returning chakram.

    Most of the time they have some sort of twist though that makes them feel not feel identical to human weapons, especially the smart disc. For me the bow just looks too much like "a bow."
  10. The Shuriken
    Yeah I would have preferred the spear gun over the bow to be honest (which just seems a bit too "human" and cumbersome to me), but since it looks like that'll be a weapon that shoots similar projectiles and can also pin enemies to walls they might have considered including both redundant.

    Would love to be proven wrong though! The spear gun was one of the most fun weapons in the old AVP's.

    The Predators have more than a few weapons that could be considered "too human". The spears, glaive, whip, smart disk too. Their smart disc is basically a returning chakram.
  11. Corporal Hicks
    Yeah I would have preferred the spear gun over the bow to be honest (which just seems a bit too "human" and cumbersome to me), but since it looks like that'll be a weapon that shoots similar projectiles and can also pin enemies to walls they might have considered including both redundant.

    Honestly, I quite like the bow. You're completely right in how they're both functionally the same, so it's one or the other. But I've been wanting to see a Predator bow for some time and I've gotta say I like the addition.
  12. Kailem
    Yeah I would have preferred the spear gun over the bow to be honest (which just seems a bit too "human" and cumbersome to me), but since it looks like that'll be a weapon that shoots similar projectiles and can also pin enemies to walls they might have considered including both redundant.

    Would love to be proven wrong though! The spear gun was one of the most fun weapons in the old AVP's.
  13. SuperiorIronman
    I suspect the Trial version is not going to be the completed copy. I mean obviously but....,
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERyd1vOXkAA0Xpj?format=jpg&name=large
    Hicks posted a twitter post (I presume from the event) that had the screen read "Pre-Alpha". So assuming this is what's been shown off to the public and the trial version is what's been shown at events so far I assume this isn't some sort of Beta. Which is both good and bad news because it shows some ballsy confidence that the Alpha is good enough it can be the trial version (and from what has been said so far it seems to be the case). But should something go wrong, well they put out a Pre-Alpha build into the wild and your average player might not realize this.

    Now the most recent video doesn't state if it is the finished version or not but the article insinuates it's this Alpha version. That might explain the netgun animation but lets not get our hopes up.
  14. Corporal Hicks
    Agreed. And dare I get greedy, but an inclusion of a certain spear tip dart might be nice?

    I'm hoping we'll be seeing a speargun in here! Jared seemed to rather like the Scout's rifle so perhaps...

    I just want the P2 shoulder cannon. Just looks really nice.

    Customization of the weapon appearance would be sweet! But I wonder if that's too much to include, especially with the quick turnaround on this one. Perhaps something for a future update?

    Thoughts on the blocking?

    Harrigan with the Smart Disc, Hanzo with the sword... I'm personally fine with blocking the gauntlet knives with a blade.

    Yeah, me too. It's not a feature I actually expected, but am glad to see. I wonder if the block can actually fail, and the block is just brushed aside.
  15. Voodoo Magic
    I just want the P2 shoulder cannon. Just looks really nice.

    Agreed. And dare I get greedy, but an inclusion of a certain spear tip dart might be nice?

    https://i.pinimg.com/originals/32/d4/39/32d439a059689a8492ff97633e9c333e.png

    Thoughts on the blocking?

    Harrigan with the Smart Disc, Hanzo with the sword... I'm personally fine with blocking the gauntlet knives with a blade. 

    I'm hoping it'll help with being able to occasionally goad some Predator players into a knife fight if you happen to be the last human player standing.  :laugh:



    Hmm.... A close combat kill has to be more points for the Predator than ranged right?  And they say the smart disc can get caught in a tree. I wonder if soldiers can recover it.

  16. Voodoo Magic
    Yep, it's all about that gameplay baby!

    I'm really glad they've got all the main P2 weapons in there, I definitely regard all of those as classics that deserve inclusion in any and all Predator games.

    Looks like they got the poster covered!

    https://i.4pcdn.org/tv/1435797036213.jpg

    Thoughts on the blocking?

    Harrigan with the Smart Disc, Hanzo with the sword... I'm personally fine with blocking the gauntlet knives with a blade. 
  17. SuperiorIronman
    Sorry but it just looks bad to me.
    Just look at that animation when he is hit with the netgun... so bad.
    Might check it out later when it's been out for a while

    Animating that would be a hassle.
    It either rag-dolls which creates awkward posing when hit or it cuts to what the net gun should ultimately do. Otherwise you're creating several different animations for the net capturing someone and that's time consuming because you have to account for a number of different surfaces to get stuck on and the posing.

    I would prefer it had animations and the body conforming to the surfaces but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for the sake of game-play since this game doesn't have too high a budget nor the entry price.
  18. Kailem
    We saw a "parry" prompt in an earlier trailer when a human player was being attacked, so I guess it makes sense there'd be some way to defend against a Predator just jumping right in your face and slashing away, so long as you're able to hit the timing (assuming that's how it's going to work).

    Also, yes! New footage! Beta (essentially)! Netgun!

    To be honest I wasn't really expecting a beta or trial or anything since I figured it would have been announced before now, so that's great news that we'll be playing the game in a month's time instead of two! And the netgun is a weapon I definitely wasn't holding out any hope for. I figured it might have just been too difficult to implement in the type of environments they're going for, but I'm very pleased to see its inclusion! I'm really glad they've got all the main P2 weapons in there, I definitely regard all of those as classics that deserve inclusion in any and all Predator games.
  19. DarthWall275
    A weekend seems a little too short to properly test the game, and it makes me worried the devs don't have faith in it being a success.

    Hopefully there's an open beta sometime towards the end of March - early April.
  20. Devilock
    Sorry but it just looks bad to me.
    Just look at that animation when he is hit with the netgun... so bad.
    Might check it out later when it's been out for a while
  21. Sexual tyrannasuarus
    Yes! Haven't had fun with the netgun since avp2! Wish those of us that downloaded the deluxe edition got a full week of play
  22. Voodoo Magic
    I am so excited! We're seeing the netgun for the first time in the trailer! And what looks like an AA-12! Cannot wait for the end of March to roll around to play this Trial!

    And you can free your mate from the net!!! 

    I saw blood when the netgun first hits him. I wonder if there is a timer where the net cranks and your teammate dies, or if you're just temporaily or forever immobilized by the net until freed.

    https://i.ibb.co/FHgtWj7/Screenshot-20200226-105337-You-Tube.jpg

    Also I'm curious what the Partial Nudity is about. Skinned gluteus maximus perhaps?
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