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Co-op action game Dauntless sounds a lot like Monster Hunter

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Dauntless (opens in new tab), which was revealed at the Game Awards this evening, is a new 4-player online co-op game from a Vancouver-based studio which describes itself as a collection of former BioWare, Riot Games, Capcom, and Blizzard devs. The group has struck off to do its own thing as Phoenix Labs (opens in new tab) , but wears its influences on its sleeve. 

"We’ve taken inspiration from games like Dark Souls, Monster Hunter, and World of Warcraft,” said co-founder and president Jesse Houston—who formerly worked on League of Legends and Mass Effect—in a press release we received prior to the debut trailer.

The Monster Hunter bit is definitely true: According to the press release, Dauntless is about hunting down monsters called Behemoths (solo or online as a group of up to four), collecting rewards, and crafting new weapons. 

"Behemoths, as cunning as they are vicious, consume the land, and it’s up to the Slayers to hunt them down before they destroy what remains of the world," reads the release. "Slayers will explore an ever-changing frontier, brimming with verdant flora and unique wildlife."

Dauntless will be free-to-play and is set to come out next year on PC. We've embedded the trailer above, and the first (possibly optimistic) images below:

Tyler Wilde
Tyler Wilde

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.