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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Creative Assembly
Release Date: 2023

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'Hyenas' Alpha Test Adds New We Took Manhattan Map, Playable This Weekend, More Tests Dates Revealed - Trailer

by Rainier on Jan. 19, 2023 @ 11:23 a.m. PST

Hyenas is a new multiplayer sci-fi FPS where you team up with your pack to steal priceless pop culture loot from the Mars billionaires and rival crews.

Earth is gone, the rich have colonised Mars and the rest of humanity is living their worst life in The Taint, a giant orbiting slum. While humanity is trying to survive, the Mars billionaires are more worried about fulfilling their nostalgic dreams. Plunderships, massive retail spacecrafts dedicated to selling salvaged pop-culture artefacts from Earth, our artefacts, at space-high prices to satisfy their desires.

We, an unlikely pack of talented robbers, hit the Mars elite where it hurts most: their stuff A.K.A. OUR stuff. They call us "Hyenas". We get in, empty some clips into their security clones and other ""preventative measures"", steal all the best stuff then get out. Exploding a clone in zero gravity is kind of messy, but as long as we make it out with the merch it’s worth it.

So, you in?

Hyenas is offering PC players the chance to #JoinThePack and be the very first to test the brand-new Plundership map ‘We Took Manhattan’ this weekend.

A celebration of all things New York, ‘We Took Manhattan’ is the brand-new playground offered in Alpha 1.11, which opens its doors at 09:00 PT / 17:00 GMT on Friday 20th January and ends at 01:00 PT / 09:00 GMT on Monday 23rd January. From Wall Street signs to the Brooklyn Bridge, see how many New York references you can spot in the above trailer.

We Took Manhattan’ offers a more compact Plundership arena than the previous Alpha map ‘Greed is Good’, keeping experienced Hyenas crews on their toes as they zip across the ship in search of Merch and rival teams.

The big centerpiece of the map is none other than the iconic Statue of Liberty. Found in its new Hyenas home of Liberty Hall, a cavernous area that also serves as the main thoroughfare for the Plundership, it’s a stunning backdrop that offers tactical cover and strategic opportunities for crews fighting around the famous landmark.

Around the edges of the map are four large cargo modules, where CLOUT’s gig workers process the salvaged Merch to make it ready for retail. These allow players to use their ZERO-G skills to best suit their personal combat tactics. All cargo modules have their own unique landmark offering different cover and combat opportunities.

‘We Took Manhattan’ is the perfect retail experience for Mars Elites who hunger for that New York vibe and Merch while building up their CLOUT status points with their purchases.

There’s more good news for Hyenas players who want to plan ahead, as we can also reveal the next four Alpha tests dates in the months to come, with plenty of surprises in store for returning players.

All Alpha players will get a chance to share their feedback and shape development of the extraction shooter via the bustling Hyenas Discord. “The Hyenas Alpha community are a bunch of eclectic misfits, just like the Hyenas themselves,” said Kirk, Hyenas Senior Community Manager. “Hailing from all kinds of gaming and social backgrounds you won’t find the FPS stereotypes here. We have an environment that’s welcoming, friendly, and filled with people eager to show newbies the ins and outs of zero-g heisting. It's awesome to see the community grow as Hyenas smashes into the FPS landscape, and we're excited to give away more goodies, run more events, and make more memes with you all.”

PC players in the US, Canada, EU and Brazil can sign-up to the Alpha here.

What’s the minimum spec required to play Hyenas

  • OS: Windows 7  
  • Processor: Quad core processor running at 2.5 Ghz  
  • RAM: 10GB  
  • VRAM: 5GB  
  • DirectX: 12  
  • Drive Space: ~31GB  

What’s the recommended spec for playing HYENAS? 

  • OS: 64bit Windows 10  
  • Processor: Any 6th Gen Intel processor, or any Ryzen 1000 series or above  
  • RAM: 16GB  
  • VRAM: 6GB – Nvidia 1660 or AMD 5600 XT or Vega 556  
  • DirectX: 12  
  • Drive Space: ~31GB 

How do I sign up to the closed alpha?

  • First, click the sign-up button on the homepage
  • Then, sign into or create a new Creative Assembly account
  • Finally, complete and submit the alpha application form
  • If you are selected, you’ll be sent an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) to read and sign
  • Part of this form includes accepting an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement.) Feel free to read through it first
  • Additionally, you’ll be asked to link your Steam account to your CA account. Please see below if you need help doing so. This can be done before or after signing the NDA

Once the accounts are linked and the NDA is signed, you’re done. After that, all you have to do is wait for an email from us containing your key. 

Key Features:

  • Give Zero Fs in Zero-G: Why walk when you can fly? Traverse seamlessly into zero-G zones where movement and combat take flight.
  • Meet the HYENAS: A cast of memorable misfits with unique abilities and big personalities. Pick a Hyena to suit your style, whether that's all guns blazing, or manipulating the environment to your advantage.
  • Steal Iconic Merch: Yesterday's pop culture collectibles are priceless artefacts in a post-Earth age. Steal iconic memorabilia from the Plunderships' vaults before rival crews do.
  • Become the Top Pack: Compete against other packs of players while taking down Plundership security forces. Meet your loot quota and make your escape to win.
  • An Evolving Challenge: Look forward to new HYENAS joining the party and the launch of extra Plunderships with more precious merch to steal.
  • Escape to Win: Use unique skills and abilities to face-off in fast-paced battles in a bid to secure your stolen merch, ESCAPE TO WIN, BABY!

Hyenas is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC (Steam/Epic Games Store) in 2023.

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