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Predator: Hunting Grounds is a 2020 asymmetric multiplayer shooter developed by Illfonic and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 and PC. Set in the remote jungles of the world, it tasks a team of four elite operatives with completing paramilitary operations before a single Predator can find and eliminate them. The game was released on April 24, 2020.

Predator: Hunting Grounds was the first Predator video game in a decade, following the Predators-themed mobile games from Angry Mob and Gameloft released in 2010, and the first full title for consoles since 2005's Predator: Concrete Jungle (although several other games featuring the Yautja were released in the interim).

Gameplay

Players either take on the role of an elite operative with Fireteam Voodoo, a four-man team conducting counter-terrorist operations in remote jungle locations, or the singular Predator that is hunting the squad. As a Fireteam member, players have access to a state-of-the-art arsenal, from pistols to assault rifles, shotguns, grenades and heavy weapons. The Predator player, meanwhile, is able to hunt its human prey with deadly alien tech including the shoulder-mounted Plasma Caster, Combistick, Smart Disc, Wrist Blades and more.

Objectives for Fireteam Voodoo include neutralizing computer-controlled enemy operatives, sabotaging their shipments and retrieving important VIP targets from them, as well as other special tasks. The game's maps offer various tactical opportunities for Fireteam players, from working together as a cohesive unit to splitting their force to reach their objectives. While this element of the game plays out, another player takes control of the Predator and tries to wipe out all of the special forces team members. If the human players manage to kill the Predator, their operation will be taken over by the OWLF and they will be instructed to guard the body against hostiles until they can be extracted.

For the first time in a Predator game, players have the option of playing as a female Yautja.

Field Lockers

The game includes a lootcrate system known a "Field Lockers", which are unlocked during gameplay and grant various appearance and weapon customization options for both Fireteam and Predator characters. Field Lockers are randomized and can contain duplicate items, in which case the duplicate item will be converted to additional XP. As well as being a reward for increasing in rank, Field Lockers can also be purchased, either using "Veritanium", a form of in-game currency that can be earned through gameplay or found hidden within the game map. Items may also be purchased directly for Veritanium, although some of the rarer items can be many times more expensive than a single Field Locker.

Development

Klok at Work

Inside Illfonic's studios during the production of Predator: Hunting Grounds

Hunting Grounds was developed by IllFonic (working closely with 20th Century Fox), published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for release on the PlayStation 4 and PC via the Epic Games Store. The game is currently being developed as a multiplayer-only experience.[1] The team primarily took inspiration from the '87 film for the setting of the game (citing it as the "true crown jewel" of the IP); additionally, as a result of working closely with Fox, IllFonic has been given a unique opportunity in that, everything they make in this game will become a part of the official lore.[2]

Yautja Gear

The Predator may utilize the following equipment.

Weapons

  • Alpha Sickle - Melee weapon once used by the legendary Alpha Predator.
  • Combistick - Melee weapon with a broad swing, and can be thrown like a javelin.
  • Elder Sword - Melee weapon with fast swings.
  • Hand Held Plasma Caster - Ranged weapon with ammunition independent of the Yautja's energy reserve. Each shot fires three small plasma bolts that spread, with better performance at short range.
  • Katana - Melee weapon that causes targets to bleed, inflicting continual damage for several additional seconds.
  • Net Gun - Ranged weapon that binds a target's arms, making them take light damage and become unable to use weapons until they can break free.
  • Plasmacaster - Ranged weapon that may fire powerful projectiles over long ranges.
  • Smart Disc - Ranged weapon that may be thrown and manually guided by the Yautja.
  • War Club - Melee weapon with slow, powerful swings.
  • Wristblades - The default melee weapon with relatively weak, but fast attacks.
  • Yautja Bow - Ranged weapon that utilizes arrows instead of energy.

Miscellaneous Gear

  • Audio Decoy - Thrown device that generates confusing sounds.
  • Bear Trap - Thrown device that can hold a target in place until they can break free.
  • Bio-helmet - Enables infrared vision and provides laser targeting for the Plasmacaster. The Bio-helmet may be destroyed if it takes enough damage, disabling infrared vision and causing the Plasmacaster to become wildly inaccurate.
  • Healing kit - Medical syringe that can completely restore the Yautja's health.
  • Motion Detector - Thrown device that highlights targets who move within the device's proximity.
  • Self-Destruct Device - If the Yautja is mortally wounded, he or she may initiate the self-destruct device to commit honorable suicide rather than allow their corpse to be captured by the Fireteam.
  • Wrist Gauntlet - Tactical tool; provides information about the Yautja's status and highlights high-value prey.

Missions

There are several playable missions in Hunting Grounds, including the tutorial.

Backwater Map

Boat Tracking

In Boat Tracking, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Breaking Point

In Breaking Point, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Drug Destruction

In Drug Destruction, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

False Positive

"A member of Stargazer's leadership has moved into the open, which gives us an opportunity to take them out. While the intel is solid, we're not sure exactly where this guy is. We're equipping you with a AI-driven voice modulator that should be able to fake a voice sampled from their radio chatter. Once you flush him out, take him down and retrieve his security token, then access their operational database and purge him from their records. We don't just want him dead, we want him to disappear."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In False Positive, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Going Dark

In Going Dark, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Halted Shipment

In Halted Shipment, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Pulling Plugs

In Pulling Plugs, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Radar Control

In Radar Control, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Stockpile

"Guerrilla forces have consolidated their stockpiles of cash before distributing payments across their network. We have a chance to hit the guerrillas in their wallet. Your orders are to intecept the stockpile, collect samples for tracing, tag others for tracking, and then burn the rest."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Stockpile, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Substation Sabotage

In Substation Sabotage, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Tainted Livestock

"Reports of diseased and poisoned livestock have revealed a drug smuggling operation wherein pigs are being used as couriers. The drugs are killing the pigs and poisoning the local population. This is a hearts and minds mission, Voodoo. Time to do some good."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Tainted Livestock, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Weapons Truck

In Weapons Truck, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Derailed Map

Amassed Destruction

"Guerrilla forces have been procuring materials for what we now believe is a high-yield chemical bomb. If technical has this right, the bomb would kill everything in its blast radius while also poisoning the soil so nothing could ever grow in it again. The motives behind the bomb are unclear, though this detonation is likely a weapons test. Your orders are to find the bomb and neutralize it."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Amassed Destruction, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Clean Sweep

"Guerrilla forces have established a communication's outpost in the area. Standard op, eliminate the guerrilla threat, destroy their communications capabilities, and set up our own surveillance package. Keep your eyes open and an ear to the ground. It's the simple ones that go south fast."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Clean Sweep, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Counterfeit Funds

"We've been tracking a counterfeiting operation that has destabilized the region's economy over the last few months. We've tracked the counterfeit bills to a guerrilla group operating out of the jungle. While we're not sure how they managed to get their hands on a press, we're certain they've only got the one. Get evidence, destroy the press, and track down any other shipments of counterfeit bills that be at large."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Counterfeit Funds, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Drug Bust

"We've been taking out drug ops across the region, but more always take their place. Until we have a better long-term solution, the best thing we can do is keep up the fight and take out their operations wherever we find them. Such a target has been identified and your team is being dispatched to wipe it out."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Drug Bust, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Fire From the Heavens

"Guerrilas contracted through Stargazer have established a foothold in the region. We'd like to use this opportunity to let Stargazer know we're to be fucked with. Technical has been itching to test a weapons platform they've recently placed in orbit. The targeting is still off, so we'll want to access on site transmitters to get a fix on our target. Should be fun though."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Fire From the Heavens, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Jammed Up

"One of our surveillance sites has, essentially, gone dark. We're receiving a signal from the site, but the quality is down to 15%. We don't have eyes down there, so we're dispatching your team in case the worst case scenario is in play. Find out what's wrong and sort it out."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Jammed Up, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Liquid Gold

"Due to a recent train accident, locals are incapable of resuming the trade of commodities. Specifically, a tanker of crude oil is ready to ship once the wreckage is cleared. Unfortunately, guerrilla soldiers have secured the area. We're allocating extra choppers to lift the tanker out of the trainyard. This is something of a humanitarian mission, so let's make it count."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Liquid Gold, the Fireteam's objective is to extract the stranded oil tanker via airlift. However, before this can be accomplished they must first make their way to the trainyard and kill the trainyard officer and then take his keys to unlock the foreman's office. They must then search the office for intel to confirm that they have the right tanker, after which they must locate the oil tanker and place a transponder beacon on it so that the transport helicopters are able to locate it. The Fireteam must then defend against any hostile forces while they wait for the helicopters.

Once the helicopters arrive, the Fireteam must secure the transport cables to the tanker so the helicopters can lift it. They must then escort the airlift to the other side of the trainyard where an escape train is waiting. TBF

Stolen Goods

"A close ally, and source of funding, had an extremely valuable heirloom stolen. The thief in question was killed in a train accident attempting to flee the region. This might seem outside our scope, but every once in a while we've got to keep the VIPs happy. If we're lucky, the heirloom was in the crash and this will be a very short mission."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Stolen Goods, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Suspicious Cargo

"Stargazer has managed to secure a rera piece of tech that will be of significant benefit to their research. We've got a short window to secure this tech for ourselves. Intel is light in this one, so we'll be figuring this one out as we go. Good luck."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Suspicious Cargo, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

The Popular Crowd

"Three high-ranking Stargazer operatives have been moving through the area completing ops with a concerning success rate. Our intel on the three is spotty, but we do know they've employed extreme and violent methods to carry out Stargazer's agenda. We've already lost two teams in pursuit of these targets, so, to be clear, this is not to be taken lightly. Eliminate the targets by any means necessary."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In The Popular Crowd, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

The Traitor

"One of our agents has defected to Stargazer, taking a substantial amount of sensitive information with him. We tracked the agent down to a Stargazer facility, but now he's out of pocket. Your orders are to deploy into the area and track down the traitor before he can be debriefed. Use of lethal force is authorized."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In The Traitor, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Overgrowth Map

Brilliance Among Ruin

"After the recent military coup, a number of important cultural artifacts were reported stolen by the new acting government. To avoid embarrassment, they want these artifacts returned by any means necessary. A buyer from the old regime has been identified, so we need to recover these artifacts ASAP."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Brilliance Among Ruin, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Bug in the System

"We've been tracking members of former intelligence project "Stargazer" and intel suggests they're working to link local bases to their gloabl network. We have a short window to upload malware onto that network and create a backdoor into their system. Before that window closes, your team must establish terminal access, disable countermeasures, and confirm the upload is complete."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Bug in the System, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Dirty Water

"Civilians at the river's mouth have reported symptoms that mirror those of a military-grade neurotoxin reported missing by disavowed project "Stargazer". Obtain water samples upriver and exploit local assets to confirm the source of the contamination. Recon drones have identified two camps with possible manufacturing capabilities. Utilize the camp facilities to analyze your samples. Once confirmed, stop any further contamination and eliminate all responsible parties."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Dirty Water, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Drug Blaze

"Normally, narcotics wouldn't be on our radar, but we've been receiving troubling intel on a number of unidentified substances being trafficked in the area. The sample we've recovered have dangerous chemical compositions with unknown effects for purposes we don't yet understand. Your orders are to gather any and all intel on their formulas and then destroy them and the latest shipment of narcotics."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Drug Blaze, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Exposure

"We've received intel that suggests Stargazer has established itself as a data broker for various cartels, guerrilla factions, and other paramilitary groups. We're sending you in to download evidence off their equipment so we can out them for what they really are."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Exposure, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Fractured Bloodline

"A valuable Stargazer operative has gone dark. Intel has his last known whereabouts somewhere in this valley. With such a low profile, hunting him down would be impractical. Instead, we're going to make him come to us. Everyone has pressure points. We've found something important to him, so all we have to do is squeeze."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Fractured Bloodline, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Fuel Cutoff

"Guerrilla forces are buying massive fuel shipments from an elusive black market contact. We're sending you in to find the fuel stores and destroy them. This should disrupt operations in the area for the foreseeable future. Once the fuel has been dealt with, find the black market operative and take them off the board."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Fuel Cutoff, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Safe and Sorry

"A Stargazer captain has intel on a number of VIP's friendly to our operation. Given the nature of the intel, it's likely that Stargazer plans to blackmail these individuals, which leaves us vulnerable. So, this is a black bag operation: Eliminate the Stargazer captain, obtain his safe credentials, and destroy the intel."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Safe and Sorry, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Solar Sabotage

"Guerrillas in the area have received substantial financial backing in order to build an expensive solar power network. Our techs have uncovered a fatal flaw in the power system that could allow us to turn it into a very expensive hunk of scrap. Exploiting this flaw correctly will permanently brick the entire system, so let's do this one by the numbers."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Solar Sabotage, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

The Drug Lord

"Stargazer is paying a particulary violent drug lord to destabilize the region by flooding it with cheap narcotics. If we don't intervene, we're looking at a full blown economic collapse. If Stargazer's play relies on the drug lord, then we take him off the board."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In The Drug Lord, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Toxic

"To find out where these drugs are going and indentify the buyers, we need to map the drug trafficking network in real time. We're sending you in with dummy bricks containing GPS beacons. Swap the real bricks with trackers, then get out."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.

In Toxic, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Weapon Destruction

"Intel suggests a shipment of advanced weaponry is being shipped from a remote guerrilla camp. We're not sure why, but our money's on using the guerrilla camps to avoid suspicion while they find a buyer. We don't know who procured the weapons or who's buying them, but nothing good can come from it."
Zeus from Predator: Hunting Grounds.
In Weapon Destruction, the Fireteam's objective is TBA

Merchandising

A tie-in prequel novel, Predator: Stalking Shadows, was written by James A. Moore and Mark Morris to accompany the game.

DLC

IllFonic recently announced the first of their paid DLC plans for Hunting Grounds: the return of Dutch Schaefer.[3][4]

Trivia

  • As previously stated, Hunting Grounds will be the first Predator video game produced for home gaming systems since Predator: Concrete Jungle, released on PlayStation 2 and Xbox in 2005, some 15 years previously. Since that time, the only Predator games made have been mobile titles, although the Predator has featured in several Alien vs. Predator games, as well as making "guest" appearances in games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Mortal Kombat X and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands.
  • The development of Predator VR was first leaked around the announcement of Hunting Grounds, leading to rumors that the two could be connected as PlayStation 4 exclusives. However, Predator VR was subsequently confirmed to be a separate product.
  • This is the first video game to prominently feature female Predators. Female Predators have, however, appeared several times before in other media (except films).
  • NECA had a promo code for the alpha predator skin which was included with the first run of the alpha predator action figure

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References

  1. https://blog.us.playstation.com/2019/05/09/predator-hunting-grounds-revealed-during-state-of-play/
  2. https://blog.us.playstation.com/2019/08/19/new-footage-of-predator-hunting-grounds-unveiled-at-gamescom-2019/
  3. https://blog.playstation.com/2020/05/12/dutch-returns-to-the-jungle-in-predator-hunting-grounds/?ref-tag=253779
  4. https://blog.playstation.com/2020/05/26/dutch-arrives-in-predator-hunting-grounds/?ref-tag=253779


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