Dread Hunger

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: Digital Confectioners
Developer: Dread Hunger Team
Release Date: Jan. 26, 2022

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'Dread Hunger' Gets Early Access Update, Release Date - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2021 @ 5:18 p.m. PDT

Dread Hunger is an 8 player game of survival and betrayal where explorers path their ship through the unforgiving Arctic, but among the crew, two traitors call on dark powers to undermine them.

Prepare to sail to uncharted lands where human nature can be deadlier than the bitter cold

Dread Hunger immerses players in a rich world of 19th century Arctic exploration where eight player-controlled ‘Explorers’ depend on each other for survival—but two of them are ‘Thralls’ determined to sabotage the mission!

Players use voice chat to role play and give life to their chosen character aboard the ship while completing objectives in an action-adventure game world. The six Explorers must work together to gather resources to power the ship towards its destination while contending with the harsh climate.

Meanwhile, Thralls plot to poison food, massacre crewmembers, detonate explosives in the ship, plunder resources, and invoke dark magic to undermine the mission—all while pretending to be loyal Explorers. Starvation, wolves, cannibal attacks, and other gruesome fates abound, any misplaced trust can quickly lead to a knife in the back. When food is sparse, fellow crewmates appear more and more appetizing.

Digital Confectioners announced that Dread Hunger will launch Nov. 10, 2021 on PC (Steam), and in preparation for the global rollout, the game received a new update that highlights a more social player experience.  

The new Dread Hunger “Bad Medicine” update strengthens social gameplay while deemphasizing player vs. player combat. It also adds the powerful new Armory team objective, a new model for the Doctor, and other content.

“We’ve been listening closely to player feedback over the last few months, and one thing that kept coming up was a consensus that the game was a ‘PvP game with Social Deduction elements,’” said Alex Quick, Creative Director of the Dread Hunger Team.

“To many of our players, the most rewarding and unique aspect of Dread Hunger is the shock of an unexpected poisoning, or the subtle manipulation of a masterful liar that leads to distrust (and mutiny!) aboard the ship. With this update we are striving to bring those elements to the forefront, and make Dread Hunger more of a ‘Social Deduction game with PvP elements.’”

Key Features

  • Survive the Arctic: Build fires to stay warm, fend off predators, and hunt for food to stay alive in the unforgiving Canadian Arctic 
  • Betray Your Friends: Feed them tainted food, lure animals to attack them, hex them with blood magic, or if all else fails… shoot them in the back and blame someone else 
  • Roleplay Your Character: Add flavor and personality to your character by using integrated voice chat and your in-game actions. Play as the Captain, Navigator, Engineer, Cook, Doctor, Chaplain, Royal Marine, Hunter, or Engineer, all equipped with a unique starting kit and passive ability. 
  • You Are What You Eat: In the Arctic, you must make grim choices to stay fed; butcher bodies and use the pieces as weapons—or food 
  • Captain a Ship: Steer a 19th century warship around (or into) icebergs and find coal for the ever-hungry boiler to keep the ship moving... or blow it up 
  • Brave a Perilous World: Plan around a full day and night cycle while trying to outrun a massive blizzard that looms over the expedition 
  • New Armory Secondary Crew Objective: The Armory can provide powerful weapons to Explorers or Thralls, depending on who manages to unlock it first 

Currently available through Steam Early Access, Dread Hunger is coming to PC (Steam) on November 10, 2021 for $29.99 / £23.79 / €24.99, with other platforms being considered.

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