Scavengers is an MMO shooter developed by Midwinter Entertainment – a studio comprising developers who previously worked on such series as Halo, Battlefield, Star Wars: Battlefront, Call of Duty, and Counter Strike. The game described herein is the debut project of this particular studio and is available on PC.
The action of Scavenger is set in a near future, when after a series of weather disasters, Earth was bound by another ice age. Those who managed to survive fight for their lives in the new, inhospitable world, where three feuding factions constantly fight one another – these factions include Scourge, mutated animals, Outlanders, remaining humans, and Salient, mysterious beings controlled by advanced AI.
When playing the PC release of Scavengers, one observes the action from the third-person perspective (TPP). The game gives at players’ disposal a vast open world designed to seem like a living ecosystem. Each one of the hundreds of enemies roaming around the map was given a unique set of features and behaviors – thus on their adventures, players are bound to encounter grand battles between the members of particular factions.
Gameplay has been divided into three stages. Upon starting the game (during which one can join a 4-player squad or join an already existing one), players are sent on reconnaissance missions, plan their next moves, and acquire necessary pieces of gear. The latter becomes useful during the next stage, when the player begins hunting down enemies (including both other players and AI-controlled opponents), completing missions, and acquiring resources. The last stage involves locating and defending designated areas that can be evacuated.
The entire experience is enriched with the elaborate survival elements – players have to protect their characters from cold, hunger, and thirst. The developers implemented into their game a complex crafting system that allows players to create pieces of equipment, most prominent ones being weapons and tools.
Thanks to the cooperation launched between the creators of Scavengers for PC and the company called Improbable (that helped with financing the game), the game is based on SpatialOS technology that takes all the algorithms and calculations related to the functioning of the in-game world into the could. This is why the “sandbox” is much greater in comparison to other games, and the AI responsible for NPC’s behavior is much more complex.