Inside ‘The Hive’ a New Indie FPS
- What if the folklore was real?
- Face creatures and other players.
- Expected to release in 2020, Kickstarter running now.
You ever see a game concept where you’re not sure if you like it or hate it, but regardless of your uncertainty, you’re intrigued? That’s the vibe I’m getting from the new Kickstarter venture called The Hive. The Hive is a game inspired by the likes of The Hunt: Showdown and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. Players participate in different rounds of gameplay, during which they have to secure weapons, equipment, and other loot to set them up for success later.
In a trailer running just under five minutes, we’re given an in-depth look at what the team at 3 Day Monk is aiming for in The Hive. Spread across maps that range in size from modest to massive, it’s up to players to explore as well as face off against a range of enemies from hostile, militant NPCs, various creatures from different folklore tales, and of course other players. Let’s backtrack to the creatures though. I did say previously that the developers are inspired by The Hunt: Showdown.
In The Hunt: Showdown, players are out to collect bounties on different creatures they have to track down through the map, but they’re always contained to certain areas. The Hive wants to change that up a bit with the creatures being randomly placed, and your only warning that something lurks nearby is a variety of environmental or equipment effects. The creatures are supposed to be incredibly rare, but if you manage to take one down, you’ll get special loot to give you a larger advantage over the enemies you’ll face.
The example given on the kickstarter describes a key that has coordinates engraved on the back of it, but every day the coordinates change. Make it to those coordinates and any lock in that area can be opened; it doesn’t matter how simple or complicated a door looks. Of course, it won’t just be handed to you, the player will still have to figure out where those coordinates are, and if other players catch wind that you have that special item, they’ll be gunning for you to be sure.
The premise is interesting, the concept footage itself looks promising; it’s the Kickstarter that worries me. There are some Kickstarters that offer too little, but ask for the fortunes of the world in funding. Inversely, there are Kickstarters that look like they’re offering a lot but ask for too little. For The Hive, the main funding ceiling is only set at $110,761. For what they’re offering up that seems incredibly cheap, so I’m wary. I don’t think I have to remind anyone of The War Z (later renamed Infestation: Survivor Stories) and how it looked like it was going to be incredible competition for the DayZ mod at the tim,e only to be one of the biggest crowdfunding scams of the decade. I’ll be keeping an eye on it, but I’m not entirely sold yet.