Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, a multiplayer shooter in development at Crytek, has been rebooted as Hunt: Showdown. The Crysis developer announced the name change in a press release, and provided a teaser trailer.
"Based on the previously announced title Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, Crytek’s Hunt: Showdown has taken the original concept in a different direction under a new development team," the developer said.
Both the press release and teaser only scratch the surface of the motivation behind Hunt: Showdown's name change. Crytek will dig deeper at E3, less than two weeks away. As something of a game historian, the developer's explanation is on my radar in a big way. Hunt has been in development since 2014, and was primed to be Crytek USA's debut title. Back then it was positioned as a free-to-play title set in the 19th century. That summer, the studio ran into financial difficulties that led to its closure.
Hunt survived Crytek USA's dismantlement, however, and development was passed to Crytek Frankfurt, best known for Crysis and Ryse: Son of Rome, which launched alongside Xbox One in 2013 and made its way to PC almost one year later.
Crytek Frankfurt has experienced its share of turbulence. Back in December, Crytek shuttered five other studios and announced that the remaining Frankfurt and Kiev branches would focus on "premium IPs." That Hunt: Showdown is still on the company's docket seems to testify to Crytek's faith in its potential.
Hunt's teaser trailer, viewable below, indicates that the game is going in a PVP direction. We'll find out more in two weeks.