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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Midwinter Entertainment
Release Date: 2021

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'Scavengers' Season 1: Winter's Fury Begins Next Week, Adds New Playable Explorer, New Boss And More - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 10, 2021 @ 2:28 a.m. PDT

Scavengers is a co-opetition shooter that puts players in the role of young survivors fighting in a not-so-distant future, where cataclysmic events have triggered a new ice age.

Scavengers puts players in the role of young explorers fighting in a not-so-distant future, where cataclysmic events have triggered a new ice age. The game will combine exploration, survival and combat elements, while maintaining a focus on teamwork and cooperative game mechanics. 

Players will begin each game by equipping their Explorer, venturing into the wilds, competing and allying with other human players to complete objectives, gathering resources and battling against AI-controlled enemy factions. Large and unpredictable AI populations, combined with the balance of co-operation and competition between the human players, will create rich, repeatable gameplay.

Scavengers will allow players to experience vast play spaces, densely populated with satisfying AI combatants and supported by rich simulation of the surrounding world, providing endless emergent gameplay possibilities resulting from the interplay of human competitors and AI adversaries within a large, dynamic world.

Scavengers will build on the game design principles that made Halo 5’s Warzone a revolutionary new mode for Halo players, by allowing teams of players to compete with one another while exploring a large game map populated with hundreds of free-roaming and highly sophisticated AI enemies, with distinct factions, weapons and behaviors.

Players braving the frigid wasteland will soon be able to jump into the action with a brand new Explorer, challenge a fierce new boss, experiment with more weapons, and earn special rewards when Winter’s Fury kicks off on September 15, 2021.

In Winter’s Fury, players will be able to take command of a powerful new survivor of the frozen apocalypse: Rin - the first playable Explorer added to Scavengers following the game’s launch into Early Access for PC. With an uncanny aptitude for chemistry (particularly chemicals that explode), Rin traps her enemies in a suffocating fog of dazzling magenta smoke, disorientating and debilitating her targets just long enough to pick them off. When targeted at enemies, Rin’s slick Smoke Screen ability obscures vision, slows movement, and drains stamina over time.

Rin is voiced by actress and singer Jennifer Sun Bell, known for her roles on NCIS, American Pie, and more.

The Winter’s Fury Battle Pass will be available for purchase on September 15, alongside Rin. With the Battle Pass, players can unlock additional specialty items as they play matches.

Scavengers: Winter’s Fury season includes a number of new features, including:

  • New Explorer: A disruptive force of nature across the frost-bitten battleground, Rin’s Smoke Screen creates a dizzying magenta cloud, obscuring enemy vision and depleting their stamina, allowing her to get the jump on rivals using her deadly SHIN-48 rifle.
  • First Major Battle Pass: An all new Battle Pass for Scavengers. The Winter’s Fury season boasts 90 curated items for Explorers to unlock across the season.
  • Gameplay Updates: Intrepid Explorers can get to grips with a slew of new gameplay features introduced across the season. These include the Bait Bomb: a ranged projectile that summons Scourge to attack nearby players; and the R.A.S.P. Rockets: an evac device that Explorers can summon to get off-planet mid-match with their Datapoints intact.
  • New Boss Encounter: Dual-shields, heavy-armour, and a surly disposition, Bulwark offers an almighty challenge for Explorers looking to take on the ferocious Outlander.

The multiplayer “co-opetition” survival shooter will be built with Unreal Engine and powered by Improbable’s SpatialOS game development platform. With these technologies, Scavengers will provide endless emergent gameplay possibilities resulting from the interplay of human competitors and AI adversaries within a large, living world.

By dividing the action between multiple servers in the cloud, all of which contribute to building and running a seamless and consistent world, SpatialOS allows more sophisticated artificial intelligence, more AI entities and players occupying a seamless, shared environment, and a larger, more detailed and more deeply simulated game world than can be supported by the traditional client-server architecture used in online gaming.

Scavengers is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam and Epic Games Store), scheduled for 2021.

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