Fear the Wolves, a Battle Royale spin-off of S.T.A.L.K.E.R, is going start its Early Access on Steam on July 18th. It will feature the core gameplay elements, with more content to come later. The game will throw several fresh ideas to the Battle Royale genre, including a different endgame system, PvE elements, and more.
Fear the Wolves is a somewhat fresh take on the Battle Royale genre. It’s coming from Vostok Studios, the veterans behind the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. So, needless to say, they’re putting their own spin on the whole thing. There’s no lighthearted playfulness that you can see in the likes of Fortnite, and there are some mechanics that differ from the genre staples. And, of course, it takes place in Chernobyl, so expect a brutal, irradiated wasteland. If you want to hop in on the fun, you’ll be able to do so starting July 18th, when Early Access launches on Steam.
Let’s get into some of the details. A hundred players falls into a 25-square-kilometer map of Chernobyl, with destroyed towns, rivers, forests, hidden army bases, etc. You have to kill others, collect guns, armor, consumables, air drops, etc. So far, so good. Here’s where it gets interesting. There’s a PvE element, with wolves stalking players and anomalies presenting another danger. Time will pass during the match, meaning you can go from morning to dusk. There’ll also be dynamic weather, which players vote for, even if they’re dead and spectating. There’s jeeps to get around in, and radiation to watch out for. As for the endgame, it’s also different. A chopper lands somewhere on the map, and you have to get there, battling all the remaining players to get in there and leave Chernobyl.
Of course, as any Early Access thing, Fear the Wolves is probably going to be a little rough around the edges. The developers are going to be listening to feedback and fixing what needs fixing. The Early Access version will have just the core gameplay, but much more content will be coming down the pipeline. So, if Fear the Wolves seems like something you’d like, make sure to mark your calendar. And, if you want to see Fear the Wolves in action, you can check out the trailer from this year’s E3.