HUNT: HORRORS OF THE GILDED AGE
Publisher/developer Crytek (Austin)
Format PC, PS4, Xbox One Release Autumn 2014
Set in an 18th-century world where every urban legend is real, Hunt throws teams of four up against legendary monsters and legions of cultists and ghouls in thirdperson shootouts. No two matches should be the same, since random generation will create a fresh threat and new maps every time you play. In the same breath, Crytek calls it “cowboys versus monsters” and “Holmes versus Lovecraft”. That sounds ludicrous, but indeed microtransaction costumes will allow players to dress as Sherlock Holmes or Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name. Hunt, as Crytek Austin has it, is a game the studio could box and sell but is instead giving away for free. Crytek’s new triple-A free-to-play model meant a cultural shift at the former Darksiders developer, but a modest one.
Hunt is as billed: a complete co-op RPG that just so happens to be free.