How the Best of 80s Action Culture Hatched Huntdown, Out May 12

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How the Best of 80s Action Culture Hatched Huntdown, Out May 12

The hard boiled arcade shooter hits PS4 next week.

Hello! Huntdown, our retro action comedy co-op arcade shooter, is launching on PS4 on May 12, and ahead of release we wanted to give you an overview of the game, as well as how and why 80s action movies influenced the Huntdown universe.

In Huntdown you take up arms as three bounty hunters — alone or in two player co-op — cleansing the criminal gangs controlling the dystopian city. Visually, our platformer is drawn by hand, pixel by pixel, like a vintage 16-bit game but with modern, intuitive gameplay.

The concept and world we’ve built in Huntdown is heavily inspired by the timeless action movies and sci-fi pictures that we were raised on, and we hope we’ve done them justice.

The City

Huntdown plays out across 20 levels, taking our bounty hunters through a load of graffiti strewn, dystopian cityscapes. The biggest influence on our gritty concrete jungle was Blade Runner’s masterful neo noir future Los Angeles. We’ve tried to build a city where replicants would feel right at home. 

The city features environmental features to build the atmosphere such as steam grates, bleak urban skylines and flaming vintage sports cars. We were inspired by the darkness of movies like Escape From New York, Death Race 2000 (the original) and Total Recall (original.) We also studied design from the era and tried to replicate it in the game, from art deco interiors through to black marble pillars, we wanted to create a world that’s bleak, but stylish.

Bounty Hunters

Our 16-bit bounty hunters are modelled on classic 80s action movie heroes. From their snappy one liners to billowing leather trench coats, these guys were built around our childhood icons. 

Mow Man is a modified recon droid who was stolen and empowered with banned software, creating the ultimate killing machine, an unashamed love letter to Robocop and Terminator. 

Anna Conda is an ex-commando and firearms expert and a bit of a loose-cannon, trained to assassinate without question or mercy, created with cocky rebel marine Vasquez from Aliens in mind.

John Sawyer is an ex special forces cop who left the law behind, he’s lost so many limbs in combat he’s practically half robot. The jaded, tough as nails ex cop is a beloved 80s trope of ours, a mish mash of action movie anti-heroes such as Snake Plissken and Stallone as Cobra, John Sawyer has a literal steel jaw, representing the silly over-the-top budget movie era.

Gangs

The gangs in Huntdown were first and foremost a twisted mashup of The Warriors (technically a 70s movie but who’s counting) and our nihilistic imaginations. Each gang in Huntdown has their own unique characteristics and confronting them means different strategic gameplay. 

The Hoodlum Dolls are feral punks winning the gang war with the toothless authorities, who wouldn’t look out of place in Class of 1999. The Misconducts are organised hockey hooligans focused on robbery and extortion, with bosses inspired by Mad Max’s Immortan Joe ‘The Unholy Goalie’ and  Sub-Zero in The Running Man (Nadja Drago).

The Heatseekers are a murderous rockabilly motorcycle club who fashion themselves on the  Centurians of ancient Rome, and the NO.1 Suspects are martial arts experts controlling organised crime from casinos and nightclubs, inspired by the triads in films like Big Trouble in Little China and The Last Dragon.

In creating Huntdown we’ve tried to harness the best of these legendary movies to create something Stallone and Schwarzenneger would be proud of. We can’t wait to share Huntdown with you all, and to finally launch our tribute to old school, over the top action.

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  • FalseCracMedEvac

    Looks amazing!

  • I can’t wait for the 12th to get here! This games looks to a game I’m gonna be playing for months… well, until Ghosts of Tsushima comes out. :)

  • Pvp101insession

    Day 1. This looks amazingly fun.

  • So cool. The vo for the trailer was hilarious! Looking forward to this.

  • One of the best trailers I’ve seen. I was laughing the entire time!!!

  • This looks awesome!

  • Huntdown looks like it will be great for local co-op even if it will be limited to just 2P. It would have been even better if it supported up to 4P like the recent Streets of Rage 4 (awesome game).

  • OMFGoodness! Everytime I peruse Playstation Blog and see another random game that seems like another METOO indie with a silly name that makes me say “Nah, ill pass”! I make the brave decision to then say “F#&k it, let me take a look at this”. Then after taking said look I say to myself “Holymother Motherholy this looks f#&k’n amazing”! And so, time and time again im always glad I gave these games a second look because looks, interestingly enough, can be deceiving. Thanks for another GREAT game reveal, looks bloody ass fun and funny ass good too!

  • EverythingOnFire

    Will definitely pick this one up. That trailer was amazing! The writer of the dialogue is a genius.

  • Looks good but how much?

  • Who wrote the narration? I’m dead… hahahah

  • With her eyepatch and snake-like name, Anna Conda seems more Snake Plissken than Vasquez. Great stuff.

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