Hyenas - a sci-fi, team-based shooter by Creative Assembly, will be playable for the first time this week, when its first alpha opens on July 14. The initial alpha will be open to players on PC in the US, with testing opportunities for other regions and platforms coming in the future.
On July 11 Creative Assembly and Sega announced that HYENAS will soon be receiving an alpha. Set to begin on July 14, this will be the first opportunity to go hands-on with what the developers describe as a “smash-and-grab shooter.” As an alpha, it will be a very early version of the game and is primarily meant for the developers to receive meaningful feedback from players. Those interested in joining the action can register for the HYENAS Alpha on the game’s official website.
In the initial alpha, players will be able to check out characters Doctor Hotfix, The Pro, and Commander Wright, along with other Hyenas who are still yet to be announced. Interested players can sign up for the alpha at Hyenas' official website.
The multiplayer title will have five teams of three fight against each other and AI security forces as they attempt to grab valuable loot from space stations - Plunderships. The dystopian setting sees Earth’s wealthy elites hoarding relics of the ruined planet after scuttling off to our red neighbor in the sky.
“Earth is gone, the rich have colonized Mars and the rest of humanity is living their worst life in The Taint, a giant orbiting slum,” the game’s description reads. “While humanity is trying to survive, the Mars billionaires are more worried about fulfilling their nostalgic dreams. Plunderships, massive retail spacecraft dedicated to selling salvaged pop-culture artifacts from Earth, our artifacts, at space-high prices to satisfy their desires.”
Fights will jump between traditional grounded shootouts and zero-G zones which see players free-floating through the environment. The alpha is likely to be the first real experience of the game because no gameplay footage has been released thus far.
Hyenas will be released on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC, with the release window currently set for some time in 2023.
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