Hunt: Showdown is an upcoming video game in development and to be publish by Crytek. The game was originally in development at Crytek USA, who wish to create a spiritual successor to Darksiders—a video game series develop by their predecessor, Vigil Games—under the title Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age. After the initial announcement in June 2014, Crytek USA was shut down due to financial issues, and the development was brought to the Crytek headquarters. The game, under the new title Hunt: Showdown, was re-announce in May 2017.
Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age was announce in June 2014 as Crytek USA’s first game. Hunt was designe to be a co-operative game; Adams recall having been frequently ask about the possibility of adding co-op to a future instalment of Darksiders, and state that “one of the first things we said when we got here was, we are absolutely doing a four-player co-op game. That wasn’t even up for discussion.”
The game will be set in the late-19th century, and feature weapons and classes reminiscent of the era. In response to comparisons to The Order: 1886, another 19th century third-person survival horror game. that was unveiled at E3, Adams contended that there were few similarities between the games. Noting their focus on co-op and arguing that the portrayal of the era in The Hunt was more “authentic”. Unlike that of The Order, which he felt was the “BioShock version” of the era. Players will be able to customize their characters with different skills and outfits. Adams said that “if you want to make Sherlock Holmes or a gunslinger from the Old West. Or a witch hunter from Eastern Europe, you have the costume choices. You have the weapon choices, you have the skill choices.”
On December 13, 2014, Crytek delayed the late 2014 planned closed beta without giving a date or range for when it may come. The delay was due to the transition of development from their Austin studio to their Frankfurt team.