The PlayStation 4 has another upcoming exclusive title with Predator: Hunting Grounds, which has some very rough graphics but has an intriguing concept that could make for an excellent game. The alien from the Predator movie series has been in numerous video games, but it has often been treated as just another enemy that can be defeated by pumping enough bullets into it.
The idea of the Predator being a nigh-invincible hunter that stalks humans in the wilderness is a great one, but many games reduce it to the standard of a regular enemy. The most common use for the Predator in video games is as an opponent for the Xenomorph from the Alien franchise.
One of the trailers that were revealed during Gamescom 2019 was for a PlayStation 4 exclusive title called Predator: Hunting Grounds, which is an upcoming shooter where the player either takes on the role of a soldier who is part of a squad that has to complete missions in the wilderness, or play as the powerful Predator that must hunt them down on its own. The footage of Predator: Hunting Grounds comes from an early stage of development, which might explain why the quality of the graphics is so sketchy and why the character animations are still unrefined.
The development studio behind Predator: Hunting Grounds is IllFonic, which is the same company behind Friday the 13th: The Game, which was recently ported to the Nintendo Switch. It seems that the two titles share a basic concept, with both games involving a group of weaker characters who need to complete objectives while avoiding a more powerful foe who is controlled by another player. The main difference is in the type of enemy, as Jason Voorhees is less mobile than the other characters, but the Predator is an incredibly agile creature with several dangerous abilities and weapons that allow it to scale trees, leap huge distances, disappear from sight with alien technology, and vaporize enemies from a distance with its shoulder cannon. The fact that the other players will be taking on the role of soldiers means that the odds have been evened somewhat, as they will possess weapons that can allow them to fight back against a Predator player who rushes into combat without thinking.
The initial footage of Predator: Hunting Grounds is pretty rough, but the game isn't expected to launch until 2020, so there is plenty of time for the visuals to be polished. The concept of the game is very strong and it promises to take the concept behind Friday the 13th: The Game and making it even more exciting by pitting a team of soldiers with automatic weapons against a Predator.
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