Tripwire Interactive have released the launch trailer for their upcoming open-world shark RPG, Maneater. The video sets the silly, over-the-top tone of the game perfectly, and shows off some gameplay, as well as story elements. Based on the trailer alone, it seems like the developers have made a solid effort that keeps its tongue firmly in the cheek out of a fairly original idea.
So, what exactly do we get to see in this trailer? Well, as I’ve already mentioned, it sets up the story. Basically, your mommy-shark got caught by a Duck Dynasty-style reality show fisherman, who pulled you from her belly, alive and squirming. You then bit of his arm and fled into the water. From there on, you have to feed, grow and evolve to become the ultimate killing machine and exact your revenge. Meanwhile, the above-mentioned fisherman seems to be out to get you, not unlike a redneck captain Ahab.
Aside from the gory comedy of the story, we also get to see some gameplay. There’s combat with both humans and other water creatures, like crocodiles and other sharks and so on. On top of that, we see glimpses of the many different upgrades we can unlock. These range from stone skin to shooting electricity, and god only knows where else you’ll go. Then, to top it all off, the trailer ends on the shark resting and belching on a unicorn floatie covered with beer bottles. You immediately get what kind of game you’re getting yourself into.
Maneater is coming out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Epic Games on Friday, May 22nd; you can pre-order it for $40. Later on in the year, the Nintendo Switch version is going to come out, but we don’t know exactly when. And, of course, it’ll also launch on Steam at some point; no exact launch date for it just yet, though.