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The Alpha Predator Is Coming To Predator: Hunting Grounds?!

Footage of what seems to be a new Predator class for Predator: Hunting Grounds, based on NECA’s upcoming Alpha Predator, has hit YouTube! Crazyboy9 seems to have been the first to upload footage fighting against the Predator, but P-willie2000 was the one modelling the new class, and has since uploaded a video showing off footage playing as the Alpha Predator!

According to willie2000 he got the Alpha Predator as part of a sweepstakes that Illfonic had recently been running – whether that was intentional or not, we don’t currently know. If it was intentional, we also don’t know if the class is exclusive to the competition (but we hope not). It appears that the Alpha Predator also comes with a new weapon, the Alpha Sickle.

 The Alpha Predator Is Coming To Predator: Hunting Grounds?!

The Alpha Predator is based NECA’s upcoming figure of the same name. In celebration of NECA’s 100th Predator, NECA created the Alpha Predator as a tribute to the original Boss Studios design for Predator, and crafted a backstory around it – which the in-game lore for Hunting Grounds seems to dip into!

Thousands of years ago on a planet far from Earth, ancient Yautja ancestors known as the Hish-qu-Ten (the “Hish”), were invaded by the Amgeni, a race of alien insectoids. The Amengi were a ruthless nomadic civilization who, having exhausted their own world’s resources in pursuit of technological ambitions, would go from planet to planet like a swarm, consuming anything they had need for and ruling what was left. In these early days, the Hish were generally smaller and more animal-like in nature than their contemporary Predator descendants. Lacking the necessary strength and intelligence to withstand such an advanced foreign attack, the natives were easily overtaken and would be enslaved for many centuries.

The Amengi were cruel rulers, using the primitive Hish for slave labor, food, experiments, and eventually entertainment in the form of game hunting and fighting competitions. Most notable were the fights, which would go on to become especially popular among the invaders. Some combatants even gained followings and it wasn’t long until wagers were set on the matches. Gambling was a regular obsession among the upper tier of Amengi society and with more at stake, larger members of the Hish species were sought out, chemically enhanced and trained to become effective tools for earning their owners profit and power.

Well into the Amengi occupation, one of the largest and most fierce Hish fighters emerged, one like nothing ever seen before. Once matured, he commanded respect and fear from even his own captors. Known as Kaail (a term meaning “rage”), this imposing young beast was not only physically impressive for his species, but was also unusually intelligent. Careful to appear loyal, Kaail secretly dedicated himself to regaining the freedom of his people and gradually allied himself with other powerful slaves throughout the established territories. Meanwhile, the Amengi rulers grew so rich and arrogant that they failed to realize the compromising position they’d created for themselves. When the time was right, Kaail – added by his chosen tribe – orchestrated a strategic and bloody insurrection. With their military soft and unchallenged for centuries, the Amengi leadership was usurped within days as they faced the fury of countless oppressed Hish generations, manifested in these brave warriors. Despite the Amengis’ advanced technology and tough exoskeletons, no defence proved effective enough against the monsters they’d created. A revolution took place and the occupation was savagely dispatched. When the initial slaughter was over, Kaail took one of the larger carcasses, carved off the external shell, and created body armor for himself, wearing his enemy as a trophy. TRhe others followed suit and a true hunting tribe was formed. These were the first Predators.

Shortly thereafter, the remaining Amengi would be hunted down and either forced into slavery or executed. Their technology, however, would be embraced by the natives and expanded upon for generations, ultimately leading to a perfect balanced between the scientific and the natural aspects of Hish/Yautja culture. Yautja history forever honors this noble tale of Kaail the First Hunter, forever known known as the ‘Alpha Predator’.

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  1. Mr.Turok
    I do see that many people want a variation Predator vs bad blood Predator option. Perhaps the Super Predator Clan is a suitable choice, seeing as they aren't that big and complex like Upgrade, but bigger, really tough, and technologically advanced that give regular Preds a run for their money. Plus, the devs can give them the much needed lore expansion that was missing in Predators.
  2. SuperiorIronman
    The issue I see with the Upgrade (Assassin) is that outside of hit-boxes having to change they would need to alter animations or would need to be redone for him. He's just really big. He'd also need to have weapons altered since his gun is mounted on his arm so they can't reuse the firing animations. He's also too big to fit into most spaces players would be. Basically meaning Predator can't reach the fireteam and they can just wait him out which is already a problem with Backwater under one of the docks. Assassin also has the ability to make him mostly bullet proof. So aside from balancing that they'd either do it or leave his most notable feature on the cutting room floor as no current system would enable this unless it's on or off the whole match unless it's added as a gadget for him but it'd be development time on a feature only he can use or they'd add it for all Predators and we keep getting new models so it'd have to account for them to even if it's just a texture swap.

    If anything is represented from The Predator I'm expecting Fugitive.

  3. Voodoo Magic
    Well, Hot Toys are pretty hot. I wish I'd gotten some of their Predators figures before the after market prices became insane.

    I only have the Elder and City Hunter. That and this non-Hot Toys Mike Harrigan is all I ever wanted.

    https://i.ibb.co/WnZ5tHn/20200216-192220.jpg

    Maybe one day I actually display them.  :P

    Do you think they will add the Upgrade Predator?

    Call me crazy, but if the Upgrade was added in a new game-mode, say two Predators versus the Upgrade, I wouldn't actually mind that!
  4. Kailem
    Well, Hot Toys are pretty hot. I wish I'd gotten some of their Predators figures before the after market prices became insane.

    And yeah I was always going to buy the Alpha Predator figure, though it's a tad unfortunate that it only seems like the code will be included in the initial NA release and nowhere else. But at least if it's just an early unlock essentially then everyone else can still pick it up later when it's released properly.

    Plus now I've got the new Elder and later Samurai Predators to play with in the meantime, so that's not so bad!
  5. Voodoo Magic
    I've had a pre-order on bbts for months. Hopefully they ship soon, this figure looks amazing!

    Unless Amazon screws me over mine should be here between July 17th and August 3rd. I was buying regardless.

    I opted for Eaglemoss, Hot Toys and Loyal Subjects over Neca. And Xbox too.

    Now I have a PS4 Pro and a Neca on pre-order!

    They're laughing at me, I just know it!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/JRbfiCf0TqyBzH43wT/giphy.gif
  6. Xenomrph
    by Terrorize from IllFonic forum:

    "Ok I’m seeing alot of threads and posts about NECA announcing they will be supplying the code for the Alpha skin to be used with their NECA figure.

    People are freaking out because, the figure is limited to the US and the code provided is only applicable for the PS4.

    However a crucial point being missed is that the code isn’t exclusive to the NECA figure. The figure is indeed limited, the code is however not.

    Alpha will hit both systems worldwide soon, it just so happens that if you are in the US and on PS4, you’ll get the DLC free if you purchase Alpha from NECA."
    Direct from Neca? Also, no codes for PC users?
  7. molasar
    by Terrorize from IllFonic forum:

    "Ok I’m seeing alot of threads and posts about NECA announcing they will be supplying the code for the Alpha skin to be used with their NECA figure.

    People are freaking out because, the figure is limited to the US and the code provided is only applicable for the PS4.

    However a crucial point being missed is that the code isn’t exclusive to the NECA figure. The figure is indeed limited, the code is however not.

    Alpha will hit both systems worldwide soon, it just so happens that if you are in the US and on PS4, you’ll get the DLC free if you purchase Alpha from NECA."
  8. SuperiorIronman
    I bought the figure anyways, I was going to do so regardless of this.

    We probably wouldn't be freaking out if this hadn't leaked around Dutch's release. Now we have a bunch of people hyped for it and expecting easy access and not knowing it's meant for a toy promotion instead of a traditional DLC.

    This does leave out the free update though.
  9. Kailem
    Quote
    In collaboration with 20th Century Studios, and game developer IllFonic, the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) today announced the Alpha Predator, an original design by the toy company, as a playable class in Predator: Hunting Grounds for the PS4™ system. The initial run of the Alpha Predator action figure in the US will see a limited release, with each box including a downloadable content (DLC) code. Players on the PS4™ system can redeem the code online to unlock the Alpha Predator in-game.

    I hope that's not a figure exclusive then...

    Especially since US codes don't work on the EU Playstation store, so even if we were to import the figure from a US retailer the code wouldn't work.

    Hopefully they'll either include EU codes for its release over here or better yet, just make him regular DLC. But by the sounds of it that's not going to be what they're doing, at least initially.
  10. JokersWarPig
    Well I'm kind of screwed because I play on PC...unless they mis-typed and it can be used for the PC.
    If not though I just bought 3 of the Alpha's direct from the NECA store so if anyone wants a code and not the figure just lmk.
  11. Voodoo Magic
    Hot damn!!!!

    Who called it?  WHO CALLED IT???

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    In collaboration with 20th Century Studios, and game developer IllFonic

    I knew it!

    * Not many people pat myself on the back, so I do it myself... and break my arm doing it!  ;D
  12. Corporal Hicks


    Quote
    In collaboration with 20th Century Studios, and game developer IllFonic, the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) today announced the Alpha Predator, an original design by the toy company, as a playable class in Predator: Hunting Grounds for the PS4™ system. The initial run of the Alpha Predator action figure in the US will see a limited release, with each box including a downloadable content (DLC) code. Players on the PS4™ system can redeem the code online to unlock the Alpha Predator in-game.

    I hope that's not a figure exclusive then...
  13. Kailem
    Aroo? The fire team can only reinforce once per match. But yeah with how quickly they can do it I don't even bother to try and stop them, I just use the notification to try and get into position to get attack them once they all get back in.

    It might be glitch (at least what reddit and the forums assumes). It's happened to me a couple of times when they reinforced twice.

    For me sometimes I just let them reinforce since I know outside the odd occurrence when it happens twice they can't respawn.

    Damn, that sucks. I hadn't heard about that glitch. Hopefully they come up with a fix for that soon too. I know I'd be pretty annoyed if I'd almost wiped the fire team twice and then they reinforced again.
  14. SuperiorIronman
    Aroo? The fire team can only reinforce once per match. But yeah with how quickly they can do it I don't even bother to try and stop them, I just use the notification to try and get into position to get attack them once they all get back in.

    It might be glitch (at least what reddit and the forums assumes). It's happened to me a couple of times when they reinforced twice.

    For me sometimes I just let them reinforce since I know outside the odd occurrence when it happens twice they can't respawn.
  15. Kailem
    Aroo? The fire team can only reinforce once per match. But yeah with how quickly they can do it I don't even bother to try and stop them, I just use the notification to try and get into position to get attack them once they all get back in.
  16. GreybackElder
    I don’t mind the Alpha Predator being a skin, I just hope they create more options for skins in addition to this. More armor and weapons options. Using an old flint lock pistol would be bad ass. Also, in regards to the playability right now, I think it’s pretty good. I play only as a predator and If a fire team sticks together the predator is going to have a hell of a time winning. Also, I still wish they would nerf the reinforcements. It’s soo damn quick. Also, the fact that fire teams can do this More than once is nuts!!
  17. Enjoy
    I never noticed the combat bowie knife stunning the predator at all. Just the dutch blade.
    At this point I would welcome the predator hunter killer outfit at the end the predator for fire team members or predator in camo pants able to survive a predator attack and even defend itself.
    Thought i was attacked by a predator with a Tusk mask like in predators. Happend too fast to tell.
  18. Enjoy
    I take issue with pointblank shotgun hitting him 20+ times and not even reacting to it. If you go by predator 2 ,about 6 rounds would knock one on its ass.
    Still not happy with the mini gun either.
  19. Samhain13
    This game is a mess for fire team players. The predator has too much health and the A.I got stronger and more of them. Unplayable. Soo off balence.
    I don't know. I usually die as fire team and that's what I expect. The predator is supposed to be a supreme alien hunter, right?

    Lately I have been escaping and dying more or less at the same rate. Killing the Predator is kind of hard now, as it should, usually happens when it tries to rush during the wait for the chooper after its second wind is gone. Making the Predator run to heal during first encounters is not that hard.

    Its rare to capture a Predator body now though. I think its better than it was on the free trial and first week, the fireteam killed the Predator in most matches I played.
  20. Enjoy
    This game is a mess for fire team players. The predator has too much health and the A.I got stronger and more of them. Unplayable. Soo off balence.
  21. Voodoo Magic
    Wait...so is the Alpha Predator a NECA creation brought into the game, or a game creation made into a figure?

    I think 20th Century put the Neca, Illfonic and Titan heads together a long time ago.

    Now what I'm curious about is, was their a fourth head in the room... as in Dark Horse. Sure the first Predator: Hunters trade was part of the pricey Hunting Grounds pre-order....

    ....but... is there supposed to be more...

    Considering Detective John Schaeffer finally reappeared in the beginning of Predator: Hunters III, were we finally going to get Dutch 2025  tease in the comics... only for COVID19 to f*ck up the release timing of the last May 2020 issue with the game?
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