The showdown brings a new zombie enemy to annoy the campers – “I love this!”

With update 1.8.1 comes a lot of new content in the horror shooter Hunt: Showdown. Including new types of zombies (grunts), which, among other things, should increase the heat of the camp. We at MeinMMO summarize.

What is this update? Last week, the developers of Hunt: Showdown introduced their upcoming update 1.8.1 in a livestream to developers. It follows the critically acclaimed update 1.8.0 and should be released in the coming weeks.

In addition to comprehensive bug fixes, new legendary hunters and weapon skins, you can expect completely new gameplay content. This includes minor revisions on different maps as well as two new types of NPC zombie opponents, also known as grunts.

The most prominent features of the next patch:

  • Monetization System Changes – Here Crytek would like to be able to rely more on game sales than on DLC. Changes are necessary for this. What exactly it will look like is not yet known.
  • Brand new mission system – there should be more different daily and weekly missions. You can then collect points throughout the week by completing daily tasks, which are then rewarded. The system should also be expanded further after the 1.8.1 update.
  • Two new types of Grunts are coming to the game with the update. Also, some of the Grunts that are already in the game change.
  • Some changes in balance, including brass knuckles weapons – these now take as much damage as the brass knuckles themselves.
The new skin for the Lebel rifle also comes with 1.8.1

The new grunt shoots again, annoying campers

pistol grunt: One of the two new zombie skins carries a firearm for the first time and is primarily intended to increase the overall speed of the game. Zombies equipped with guns are supposed to multiply on all maps and even carry different weapons.

However, the zombie brain is unable to shoot with it. Grunts using guns in close combat. If someone hits you with it, a bullet is fired from the weapon, and it can be heard from a distance.

With this said, the new pistol’s grunt acts as a sonic trap, similar to the already existing crows and branch snaps. It’s just louder and more confusing, as you can’t tell from the sound alone whether there are zombies or a player shooting in there.

Also, like everyone else now, Grunt will drop his weapons if he kills him. However, if you fire a bullet earlier, it cracks and can no longer be captured.

Why bother campers? So it is important to kill the new Grunts before they can attack you if you want to be cool. But since you can not always move calmly and quickly, the grunts of a pistol will significantly speed up the general gameplay and annoy the campers in particular.

For them, it is not only difficult to move silently. Estimating whether two teams are fighting or a gun grunt is in the works is becoming more and more difficult. This generally makes you feel less safe in the Hunt maps and keeps you moving.

Even louder than these crows – the grunt of a gun is said to be heard from afar

lantern grunt: The second undead fellow new to the game carries a lantern with him. This is a coincidence either already ignited or extinguished. If zombies attack you, the lamp they hold will break.

  • Once ignited, it sets fire to the first blow
  • When the lamp goes out, it shatters and leaves a speck of oil on the floor

These pools of oil can then be ignited with any source of fire as well, and then burn for much longer than a regular fire. If you kill Grunt before he attacks you, he will also drop his lantern and you can use it like any other lamp you find in the game world.

Players are still skeptical after getting frustrated with the latest update

How is society reacting? Basically, the announced changes are well received by fans of the shooter, but the mood is rather weak at the moment. This was due to various wrong decisions in the past, including update 1.8.0 and Traitor’s Moon event.

In the live broadcast, the developers explain how they want to respond to the criticisms of the latest update

Developer Crytek explained in a live broadcast and apologized for the latest updates. They said they wanted to learn from their mistakes. Many fans are still not completely convinced of this. Some say that you need to address the underlying issues before addressing new content.

There is currently a bug in the game that allows you to look through walls and shoot. On top of that, server issues are the order of the day, and just last week some players reported in a thread that they were apparently banned for no reason (via reddit).

In general, however, the community hopes that the developers will stick to their promise, get the bugs under control and that the new update will be successful again. Because the announced changes are generally well received by fans.

What do the players say? In a thread on reddit where the new update was discussed, the comments were completely positive:

  • TheRoot_ wrote, “Having ammo boxes that make a sound is really interesting.”
  • fcvino writes: “I’m a huge fan of the pistol grunt. It’s sure to make players feel more anxious and move more. Love it!”
  • Canadiancookie also agrees: “These sound traps make the game worse if you keep stopping in the same place. Which is where they went up. The changes are great.”
  • Ontyyy takes it with more humor: “More ways to be destroyed by NPCs. I love it haha.”

What do you think of the changes? Are you currently playing Hunt: Showdown actively and have you been following the latest updates? Or are you not active at the moment and are you using the 1.8.1 update as a reason to take another look at the shooter?

Mark Sellner, author of MeinMMO, will endorse this, saying, “I played Hunt: Showdown for over 700 hours in 2021, so you should too.”

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