Two teasers on the Hunt: Showdown Twitter account in the last two days have convinced me that the next feature and creature added to the game will be a flying surveillance bug that players can use to spy on opponents. And I think it could be coming as soon as next month.
The image above, shared yesterday, actually focused on the return of the Billy Story promo mask, a cute homage to Daniel Day Lewis’ character from Gangs of New York. But careful observers (meaning those with at least one eye) can get more out of the fluttering silhouette released from the hand of Billy, a flying beetle we’ve never seen before. Surely this scary beetle is not just for decoration; It would be unprecedented for Crytek to show a detail like this and not back it up with something concrete.
And very quickly, it did. Exactly 24 hours and 1 minute later, the Crytek team shared this short video:
As the current findings are relatively new and scientists have yet to conclude their research, we can only assume that more information about this species and its origins will be revealed in the near future. pic.twitter.com/OfRPlCSZiNSeptember 22, 2022
It shows a floating first-person camera patrolling one of Hunt’s prison compounds. An annoying and creepy exoskeletal sound can be heard. The heavily vignetting vision, blackened like a modern security camera, beats to the rhythm of a heartbeat. This has to be our mistake.
The story blurb that accompanies the video even alludes to a newly discovered creature: “As the current findings are relatively new and scientists have yet to conclude their research, we can only assume that more information about this species and its origins will be revealed in the near future.”
To be clear, Crytek and the Hunt: Showdown team have not explicitly announced the existence of a bug item or feature. But several facts support this educated guess:
- Crytek has been talking about camping for years as a behavior in Hunt: Showdown, something it probably doesn’t want to completely eliminate, but has taken steps in the past to reduce, such as when the studio redesigned composite layouts in 2018. An aerial drone would be another incremental way to literally push campers out of your comfort zone.
- On September 5, the studio shared a fictional sketchbook artwork showing a flying beetle along with a description that read “…unified, erratic movement, so-called ‘mental hive behavior’, between the beetles and their guardians”. With the added context of today’s video, this sounds like a traditional explanation of how players will take control of the flying beetles: Through some version of the existing darkvision ability.
- A flying surveillance camera, as shown in the video, would be a Hunt equivalent of the devices we’ve seen in games like Rainbow Six Siegewhere the character Echo has an aerial RC drone that behaves similarly to the clip
- Billy Story’s previous promo from summer 2020 did not feature this familiar bug
Members of the Hunt community had previously been speculating that some sort of beetle monster would be Hunt’s next unannounced boss. A video by Hunt YouTuber HomeReel laid the case out on September 9, pointing to patch notes and bug fixes that had reduced “the performance overhead of idle AI,” which HomeReel believed might indicate that Crytek laid the groundwork for a bug or swarm-themed boss. made up of many
Of course, Hunt already has a bug-based boss: the Assassin, a bunch of bugs that slither in and out of their humanoid form, splitting into copies of themselves, and occasionally covering the player’s screen with bugs.
Hunt is just days away from the end of its 60-day Serpent Moon event, and Halloween is a perfect thematic match for the game’s spooky and horrific atmosphere, releasing a new creature to go along with Twitch’s exclusive Billy Story character promo. (scheduled for October 12) would be a good way to start the season.