Primal Carnage: Extinction was finally given a release date for the PlayStation 4 on Friday. The human versus dinosaur class-based shooter has had a troubled and interesting history, but the console release of the Jurassic Park-inspired video game is only a couple of weeks away.
Panic Button Director of Development Adam Creighton announced an October 20 release date for Primal Carnage: Extinction on the PS4 via a PlayStation Blog article posted on Friday. The game is expected to cost $20.
Primal Carnage: Extinction originally started out as a single-player story-based game called Primal Carnage: Genesis, meant to explain the origins of the island and why dinosaurs are running amuck. It was being developed by Lukewarm Media before that studio ran out of money and folded.
Rights to the Primal Carnage franchise was picked up by a group of indie developers called Circle 5 Studios in 2014, who quickly took the game in a new multiplayer direction that more closely resembled the original release of the game. Extinction was initially published via Steam Early Access before the full release of the game landed on Valve's PC game distribution platform in 2015.
Panic Button was brought on board in June 2015 to handle porting Primal Carnage: Extinction to the PlayStation 4. That backstory leads to the new announcement of the PS4 release date along with the classes and dinosaurs that will be available at launch.
Here's the official description of both sides of the dinosaur versus human equation:
Playing as dinosaurs, spit, pounce, chomp, and tail-swing your way to the top of the food chain. Not exactly your typical FPS.
- Dilophosaurus — Ambush and blind your enemies from a distance or put your poisonous fangs to use, which will blind and slow the bipedal meat sacks.
- Novaraptor — Fast and scary is your namesake. Mercilessly slash your enemies or pounce and maul them into the ground. Watch out for the counterattack, though!
- Pteranodon — Reconnoiter from the sky and hone your swoop-down-and-carry-off skills or practice juggling your prey with a Pteranodon friend.
- Carnotaurus — You're a two-legged cross between a bull and a T-Rex that charges your victims to death and can also heal by taking a bite out of them.
- Tyrannosaurus Rex — As the King of Lizards, be a high-health fearsome tank of an adversary.
As far as the human team, use weapons unique among first-person shooters to tranq, net, snipe, shoot, flame, or rocket your way to homo sapien superiority.Primal Carnage: Extinction has received "mostly positive" user reviews on Steam thus far. The game launched with some initial bugs that were fairly severe, but subsequent patches corrected the issues. The only has two reviews on Metacritic, and those can only be described as "mixed" from smaller gaming websites. The complaints mostly center around a lack of polish and sticking to traditional team deathmatch and other modes despite the twist with dinosaurs.
- The Scientist — Snipe from afar, or slow down opponents with your unique-to-class tranquilizers, but don't let the beasts get in your personal space (You can say goodbye if they do).
- The Commando— On the other end of the spectrum, humble those legendary beasts with your assault rifle or rocket launcher. Remember you may be strong, but you're not quick. Good thing you can take a beating.
- The Pathfinder — Get up close and personal with your powerful short-ranged shotgun and leverage your agility to reload without getting eaten.
- The Trapper — Net smaller dinos and lock the jaws of the larger ones to make them more susceptible to damage — a great tactic to slow them down for your team mates.
- The Pyro — Because fire.
[Images via PlayStation Blog]