Fear the Wolves – New Battle Royale game
Battle Royale games are the hottest thing at the moment. Fortnite, PUBG and half a dozen wannabe games that may or may not each have their advantages, but sadly fail to make the bucket-loads of money that the big two make. It’s no surprise really that more and more game makers are trying to make a few quick bucks with more Battle Royale games. Fear The Wolves looks to change things up a bit within the genre.
Neither Fortnite nor PUBG invented the genre, but it was them that really brought it to the top of the news-boards (which is why there are so many articles on it for those of you that STILL haven’t figured out the reason).
Now there’s yet another star on the BR horizon, and this one is looking brighter than the rest – Fear the Wolves is another 100 person BR game, but it looks to be very, very different from most of the ones we’ve seen so far.
Focus Home Interactive and Vostok Games are working on it. If that doesn’t mean much to you, many of their team were working on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise before this, so they’ve got some pretty solid credentials.
The game was only announced in February, but is scheduled for release some time this year. Now then, we promised some new mechanics to it, and there are several. The game is set in the radiation-ravaged Chernobyl. Unlike most BR games, it won’t just be other players that the contestants will have to measure up against, but also the hostile lands, animals and even mutants.
While in most BR games the players will be lead to a certain area, usually in or near the middle of the map, this game will be different, and there will be actual benefits to stay away from the masses. The game will feature a fluent day-night cycle and weather conditions that can change at the drop of a hat. In addition the game will feature special high-radiation zones that will only be accessible with special gear…which of course has to be salvaged first of course.
The wasteland itself will feature more than just ‘generic rock A’ next to ‘generic tree B’ and from what we’ve seen so far, the game will be stunning. The weapons, gear and equipment you can find are relatively standard but well-crafted, and despite being a BR game, we really feel that this one could be a star. Maybe it will assuage the many angry Facebook-commenters? No, I’d imagine not.
In addition to all that, the game will feature some additional game modes, including some PvE elements that have players facing off against mutants. There will be AI-lead characters, but it’s not yet known what exactly they will be doing. Despite what we said about not being forced to the middle of the map earlier, there will in fact be a dynamic and shrinking safe zone, but the surrounding areas won’t be quite so cut and dry. They will have varying levels of damage that allow for different play-styles…assuming you can find the right equipment in time to make your play of course.
Fear The Wolves Summary
The game isn’t on Steam yet but it will appear in early access at some point in the next few months. The EA has been announced for ‘summer’ which could be anywhere from tomorrow until August, so we’re hoping for the best. Cost is unknown, but the developers website does feature a PC/Console option, so although no official announcements have been made, we can definitely expect a console port in the future. Further announcements are expected at the E3, which Vostok Games have confirmed they will be attending. We’re hoping for a bit of actual gameplay footage, as so far they’ve only released a few screenshots.
Watch the E3 Trailer here: