'Co-opetition' Survival Shooter Scavengers Revealed, Sounds A Lot Like Destiny

Destiny, Destiny 2, and The Division have laid the groundwork. Is a new dev team with some heavy hitters going to take the genre to the next level?

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Midwinter Entertainment, the new development team featuring former Halo and Farmville devs, has revealed their flagship game Scavengers. Details are scarce, but this debut will be a survival shooter set in a freezing post-apocalyptic setting.

Co-opetition. See that word. Remember it. I personally never heard that before Scavengers was announced, but that’s what the devs are calling their ambitious undertaking. With a mixture of PvE and PvP elements, it sounds like the Midwinter team is working on a connected shooter similar to Destiny and The Division. It’s all speculation at this time, so take it with a grain of salt, but the team stands to make a significant leap in a genre that doesn’t have a lot of competition yet. Anthem is another title that seems to be headed down a similar path, but that game’s development is getting a bit turbulent.

The game will be built with Unreal Engine and, revealed in a blog post on Improbable.io, "will build on the game design principles that made Halo 5: Guardians' 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 behaviours."

The portfolios of the team working on Scavenger will play a part in the game’s potential success, as will that team’s awareness of missteps by Bungie and Massive Entertainment/Ubisoft, but another element could be the platform that powers it.

Consider this the second major title revealed to be taking advantage of SpatialOS. The first involved a dev team that secured $10 million in funding for PUBG-like, 1000 player game. This cloud-based computational platform from Improbable may be one of the sleeper topics of gaming in 2018, a year completely dominated by the battle royale genre thus far. Considering some well-known developers are staking their careers on it, expect Shacknews dive deep into the technology in the near future. Stay tuned for more details on Scavengers as well.

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