If you’ve been waiting for a new PS4 free game to try out, next week will see something special launched via the PlayStation Store.
And PS Plus May subscribers will also be able to claim some new loot with the launch of Dauntless on consoles.
It has now been confirmed that the Monster Hunting game from Phoenix Labs is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on May 21.
The good news is that it will be the latest free-to-play title to land on the platform, following the likes of World of Warships: Legends in April.
For those that have never heard of it, Dauntless is an action RPG that has been compared to Monster Hunter World.
Friends – using an active PlayStation Plus account – can band together to take on Behemoths, giant beasts threatening humanity’s survival in the Shattered Isles.
Cooperating with your teammates to strategize the best approach to each encounter is core to the Dauntless multiplayer experience, according to Phoenix Labs.
“The untamed world of Dauntless experienced a cataclysmic event that quite literally shattered the land into disparate islands, and these islands remain afloat thanks to a mysterious energy source known as aether,” a message from Jesse Houston, CEO and co-founder of Phoenix Labs explains.
“Players take on the role of Slayers, brave warriors fighting for humanity’s survival.”
“Completing a hunt nets you valuable resources and materials that you take back to the frontier city of Ramsgate to forge new weapons, armour, supplies, and accessories to take on your next outing. As you progress, you’ll begin harvesting Behemoth parts that imbue elemental attributes and other buffs to your gear, and you can further customise your play-style using the Cell system to socket the way you approach combat and team support.
“The only thing standing in your way of gaining all these resources is…actually taking down the Behemoths.
“We currently have six unique weapon classes, with hundreds of variations and options in each class that can help your prowess depending on the type of Behemoth you’re hunting.
“Customising your loadout and collaborating with your team before heading out on a hunt is paramount to success in Dauntless.”
Dauntless features microtransactions to support it and will also include a special Battle Pass for those who want to unlock new gear.
Dauntless doesn’t provide paid-for content that can give you an upper hand, meaning that If you see someone walking around with a high-level weapon or armour set, you can rest assured that they crafted it by defeating Behemoths in the game, and not through a microtransaction.
Phoenix Labs has confirmed that following a delay, Dauntless will be launching on PS4 on May 21.
It has also been confirmed that shortly after the game launches, Phoenix Labs will have some special in-game goodies for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
This will include an exclusive pack containing cosmetics, potions, and more, which will be found on the PlayStation Store.
More PS Plus rewards and packs are expected to be added to the PlayStation Store over the coming weeks, with new F2P RPG, Caravan Stories, launching in July 2019.