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Predator: Hunting Grounds - What We Know So Far

Get ready for a shoulder cannon blast from the past. The Predator will soon return and this time he's bringing friends to hunt you and your buddies. 

Predator: Hunting Grounds, the latest project from developer IllFonic, puts you in the the invisible skin of Arnold Schwarzenegger's greatest enemy. IllFonic has something of a penchant for turning bloody, old school movies into games. Its previous work includes the delightfully chaotic Friday The 13th: The Game. Now, it's time to return to the jungles to hunt down the most dangerous prey of all: gamers.


When will Predator: Hunting Grounds release?

Announced during Sony's 2019 State of Play, IllFonic invited gamers to hunt or be hunted when Predator: Hunting Grounds releases on April 24, 2020. This little gem was perhaps eclipsed by some of the other news at the event: Resident Evil 3 making an unexpected return, Dreams capturing hearts and creative minds, and the Untitled Goose Game stealing the show and some common garden items. 


But hey: Predator: Hunting Grounds deserves some of the spotlight. The trailer was appropriately blood-soaked and exciting, giving players a glimpse into the world IllFonic has dreamed up.

Is there a trailer for Predator: Hunting Grounds?

If you're squeamish, avert your eyes. The Predator: Hunting Grounds reveal trailer takes some serious cues from the original films. IllFonic outfitted its cast of Predators with a deadly array of alien weapons that maim, dismember, and bloody the puny humans they pursue. The prey also have guns galore, but firearms are nothing compared to slicing smart discs, harpoons, bows, and that iconic shoulder cannon. 


Once Predators take out their prey, they collect a trophy from their kill. In case you haven't seen the films, here's the lowdown: they rip out their victim's skull and spinal column. It will, presumably, look real nice over their alien mantel. Sound brutal? Well, as the trailer warns: it's hunt or be hunted in Predator: Hunting Grounds.

What consoles will Predator: Hunting Grounds be on?

If you're able to handle this bloody adventure in the jungle then you'll be pleased to know Predator: Hunting Grounds will release on both PlayStation 4 and PC. This is ultimately a game best played with friends who don't mind being brutalized by their buddies, so online connectivity is key. The task of avoiding being murdered by the Predator might take some cooperation.


What characters are in Predator: Hunting Grounds?

While you shouldn't expect a cameo by Mr. Schwarzenegger himself, there are plenty of callbacks to the 1987 adventure. Upon pre-ordering the game, humans can unlock the "Ole Painless" minigun that is anything but painless and Predators will have access to a skin based on the Predator from the original film.


The Predators are wholly new characters with new backgrounds that IllFonic crafted. There are three different classes of Predator to mesh with players' favorite killing strategies: a Hunter for more balanced gameplay, a Berserker for those who want to unleash their inner beast, and a Scout for silent but deadly assassinations. IllFonic has also included a female Predator, a welcome addition to the game. Predators are all about the hunt, not gender roles, after all.