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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. Xenomrph
    Quote from: molasar on Jun 10, 2020, 09:05:20 PM
    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?
  2. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. Kailem
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on Jun 10, 2020, 06:52:14 PM
    QuoteIn 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Voodoo Magic
    Hot damn!!!!

    Who called it?  WHO CALLED IT???

    QuoteIn 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
  7. Corporal Hicks


    QuoteIn 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...
  8. Kailem
    Quote from: SuperiorIronman on Jun 06, 2020, 05:37:36 PM
    Quote from: Kailem on Jun 06, 2020, 05:33:31 PM
    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.
  9. SuperiorIronman
    Quote from: Kailem on Jun 06, 2020, 05:33:31 PM
    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Samhain13
    Quote from: Stitch on Jun 03, 2020, 01:16:58 PM
    Quote from: Enjoy on Jun 03, 2020, 04:50:51 AM
    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.
  15. 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.
  16. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: The Shuriken on Jun 02, 2020, 01:42:45 PM
    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?
  17. Sexual tyrannasuarus
    Just why would they put this trash failed concept in instead of city hunter or any of the lost tribe is beyond me. Very poor choice in my opinion
  18. PAS Spinelli
    Quote from: Voodoo Magic on May 28, 2020, 07:07:23 PM
    Quote from: Corporal Hicks on May 28, 2020, 01:24:13 PM
    Me either. I do not want the Aliens in this. Let Predator enjoy his Predator titles! It was the same problem I had with Concrete Jungle and their Alien level. If you want ETs in this, have the River Ghost or something based on the various trophies from P2 or AvPR, or even go with the creatures Ahab was hunting.

    In this title, I wholeheartedly agree.
    Yeah, I love the crossover and all, but in my opinion, they should retcon all of it to make it so they haven't had their first proper meeting yet, I hate the idea that the xenomorphs are this common fodder creature in space, they should be rare and deadly like in the first 2 movies of the Franchise
  19. JokersWarPig
    The closest I would ever want to see Hunting Grounds get to Alien would be DLC maps set in the future with Colonial Marines (kind of like Predator Life and Death).

    That's not even something I think the game "needs" to do or that I really want anyway, its standing just fine on its own two legs in in the setting we have.
  20. Corporal Hicks
    Me either. I do not want the Aliens in this. Let Predator enjoy his Predator titles! It was the same problem I had with Concrete Jungle and their Alien level. If you want ETs in this, have the River Ghost or something based on the various trophies from P2 or AvPR, or even go with the creatures Ahab was hunting.
  21. SuperiorIronman
    Quote from: HateCrime on May 28, 2020, 09:03:53 AM
    A lot can be done to this game bigger Maps bigger PVP lobbies more integrated in PCS such as Prometheus other predators and also aliens please add in Xenomorphs we need Xenomorphs yesterday

    Xenomorphs are under a separate license. They only have access to whatever falls under the Predator license. Weapons like Lex's spear are presumed fair-game (it appears in The Predator) but an actual Xenomorph would require going through Fox and they likely spend enough time on approvals. The current image of the DLC roadmap also doesn't really account for this and they are presumed to have about a year planned out so I'd imagine they'd wantto hit all the major beats before going into a seperate property.

    June we can presume may be the Alpha Predator since it recently got leaked and the Alpha Predator figure releases in June.

    July would be the 10th anniversary of Predators and the Falcon was discovered in the files

    This leaves August which AVP was released in and we know about the shuriken already.

    I just wouldn't expect Xenomorphs outside maybe a line of dialogue referencing them or something like Lex's spear. At best it's going to be weapons and armor based on AVP.
  22. HateCrime
    A lot can be done to this game bigger Maps bigger PVP lobbies more integrated in PCS such as Prometheus other predators and also aliens please add in Xenomorphs we need Xenomorphs yesterday
  23. Still Collating...
    I'm in love with that backstory, I think it's perfect. Canon or not, it's official part of my own fanon now. All of the tapes have also been great. Even though PHG isn't perfect, I love how much they and Neca respect the lore with great expansions. Another case of the EU doing a better job than the recent movie. This unexpected and combined effort from Neca and Ilfonic is getting me excited about predator again.
  24. TheWonderfulOne
    My friends and I were playing last night and we were killed by this Predator. I collect Predator figures soo I knew about this one being released I was just in shock because I didn't think it would be in the game!
  25. Voodoo Magic
    Quote from: Kradan on May 27, 2020, 10:40:41 AM
    Why I still haven't seen Voodoo's comment here?

    Even if it's fake, it's damn well-made one.

    My comment...

    https://media1.tenor.com/images/88fffe8e516b573984b1a1c3157954cc/tenor.gif

    Quote from: Samhain13 on May 27, 2020, 12:47:09 AM
    I really would prefer City Hunter, Wolf or predators from previous games than this.

    I suspect a City Hunter drop will be timed with it's 30th Anniversary this November.

    Quote from: PAS Spinelli on May 26, 2020, 11:47:19 PM
    Seems like the last Neca figure made it into the game

    Or is it..  did Neca build a Hunting Grounds character? 

    Stick with me here.  I know the 100th figure rigmarole with Neca doing concept and design, but the Predator: Hunting Grounds game trailer dropped in May 2019, which means it was likely in development roughly a year prior. With the Keyes recordings, and now Dutch's recordings, Stargazer developments, OWLF history, the entire human side component of Predator lore has been a huge focus for the Illfonic developers BIG TIME...  so why not think Illfonic would give that same love and attention to the Predator side of lore?  So subsequently, 20th Century brings in Titan Books and Neca to come in and work with Illfonic, to partner up and flesh all this out, including having Neca develop the design of the very first Alpha Predator which would be used in game. So did Neca build, in essence, a Hunting Grounds character to be used in game? 

    I'm not arguing the probability of this scenario, but at this point I guess I wouldn't dismiss it.
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