Hunt: Ryse dev's new game is basically Left 4 Dead meets Castlevania

Crytek has revealed HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age, a third-person, free-to-play action game for up to four players for consoles and PC. Which consoles? That’s for them to know and you to speculate about. The game will be sold under Crytek’s “games as a service” model, which presumably means it’s a free-to-play affair.

HUNT is set in the late 1800s, when “so-called myths and folklore actually point to the terrifying truth about evil lurking just beyond the fringes of day-to-day life”. Players must “band together to fend off an onslaught of bloodthirsty creatures and track down breathtaking bosses”. A procedural generation system creates new versions of environments and different sets of enemies every time you play. “Defeating bosses will require close collaboration between hunters as they attempt to figure out and take down some truly terrifying monsters.”

According to David Adams, CEO of Crytek USA, “players will be counting their bullets and crying out for help as they delve deeper into the shadowy world we’ve created. From the outset of the development process, we’ve poured our imaginations into the game so that everyone who plays HUNT will discover a challenging experience that feels fresh, captivating and rich in possibilities.”

Beta testing will begin on PC later this year, which suggests that the game won’t be released till at least 2015. Check out the official site for lurid artworks of hats and things.