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Maneater devs say they used lion noises to create sound of a shark chomping

Kitty got wet

Tripwire has been hard at work on Maneater, and experience they're calling a shark RPG. Creating the game lead to all sorts of unique challenges, including nailing the sound of a shark attack. In an interview with Venturebeat, Tripwire's John Gibson revealed some interesting details on how they created the final chomping sound.

The chomping is interesting. It’s a mix of a lot of sounds. Because a shark biting, a real shark biting, doesn’t make a lot of sound. It makes a bit of sound. But it has to feel powerful. It has to feel like you expect it to feel, not what it really sounds like. Not being the audio engineer, I can’t completely explain it. There’s some growls associated with the biting. Sharks don’t growl, but it feels cool if they growl when they bite. There’s a bit of lion in there, big cats in there.

IGN Video - 8 Minutes of Bloody, Violent Open World Chaos and Boss Battles in Maneater

Presented by Maneater. Maneater is a brand new open-world RPG with intense boss fights, crazy kills, tons of customization, and the ultimate revenge story. Oh, and you play the whole game as a shark. Let's tear into it!

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Experience the ultimate power fantasy as the apex predator of the seas - a giant Shark! Terrorize the coastal waterways. Tear swimmers and divers limb from limb, give the humans a reason to fear you!

Check out the latest trailer for Maneater

Take a bite out of this

Maneater is a single player, open-world action-RPG (ShARkPG) where YOU are the shark. Starting as a small bull shark pup you are tasked with surviving the harsh world while eating your way up the ecosystem. To do this, you will explore a large and varied open world encountering diverse enemies -- both human and wildlife. Find the right resources and you can grow and evolve far beyond what nature intended, allowing the player to tailor the shark to their play style. This is fortunate, because to get revenge on the cruel fisherman that dismembered you will take evolving into a massive shark, an apex predator of legends. Eat. Explore. Evolve.

Meat the Enemies, Environments, and Evolutions of the Gulf Coast in Maneater

Deadly waters

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As we approach the May 22nd launch of Maneater on PS4, Xbox One and PC via the Epic Games Store (and later to Nintendo Switch), we felt it was time to properly introduce some of the key enemies, environments, and evolutions awaiting players on the high seas. That’s right! Scaly Pete isn’t the only trouble in these rough waters. Whether it be one of the many deadly Apex Predators, the boisterous bounty hunters looking to make you the catch of the day, or the varied underwater locations of the Gulf Coast, Maneater is ready to start the frenzy!

Fight or flee from these challengers! …or just cruise and enjoy the gorgeous settings such as Caviar Key or Prosperity Sands—complete with 5 star resorts and reservations for the super, ultra, and mega rich! Or, take on some maritime exploration in the vast and uncharted Gulf Coast. Whatever the setting, Maneater is ready to make a splash.

Please, don’t just take our word for it; see all of this in motion! Tripwire Interactive is pleased to share introductory videos for all these enemies, environments, and evolutions! Looking for more depth? Whale, we have you covered! Shark evolutions in-action are available as well. Can you say Bone Evolution?!

With a truly unique premise and never-before-seen approach to the action-RPG genre, Tripwire Interactive looks forward to taking players on a journey through uncharted waters with Maneater.

Get a look at more Maneater gameplay

Oooooooh here she comes

We have some more Maneater gameplay to share you, which comes from a live-stream hosted by Tripwire Interactive. We're still waiting on a final release date for the Switch version, but we do know it's coming out sometime in 2020.

Maneater’s Final Developer Diary Is Now Available

Take a bite out of this one!

On behalf of publisher and developer Tripwire Interactive, we are pleased to share the final installation in the Maneater Developer Diary Series! Maneater Developer Diary 4: The Final Countdown comes ahead of Maneater’s launch on May 22nd for PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The release date for the Nintendo Switch version has not been announced yet but will release later this year.

Dive in for the final chapter of this developer diary series, detailing Maneater’s unique tone, premise, and presentation. View the sea through the eyes of Tripwire Interactive’s animators, directors, and artists, as they describe the visual, aural, and interactive detail in this whale of a tale. You won’t want to miss this final chance to learn more about gaming’s first open-world action-RPG (shARkPG) where players Eat, Explore, and Evolve!

Maneater dev reveals the craziest thing you can do as a shark

Whip it good

Maneater puts you in the role of a shark and lets you run wild in the open waters, terrorizing anyone you come across. As a shark, you can of course chomp down ferociously on your prey, but there's more to it than that. In an interview with IndieObscura, John Gibson of Tripwire Interactive reveals his favorite crazy move.

The crazy carnage that you can inflict as the Shark is hilariously awesome, and most importantly a blast to play. My personal favorite is the whipshot. It’s a move that allows the Shark to launch small prey as a projectile, and lemme tell ya, it’s extremely fun to hurl a mahi mahi at some unsuspecting beachgoers.

GamesRadar Video - Maneater gameplay

You were cut from your mother's body and left to die in the unforgiving waters of the Gulf Coast. Your only tools are your wits, your jaws, and an uncanny ability to evolve as you feed. Anything and everything is on the menu... provided you kill it before it kills you.

Maneater Bringing Big Battles by Sea to PAX EAST 2020

Cafe in those waters...

Independent developer and publisher Tripwire Interactive and developer Torn Banner Studios are set to unleash a tidal wave of big battles by both land and sea with the first-ever public hands-on demos for Maneater, the action-RPG where you play as a shark, and Chivalry 2, the ultimate medieval battlefield. All this and more will be happening at PAX East 2020! Be sure to visit the Tripwire Interactive booth #18011 at the Boston Convention Center throughout the show, from Thurs., Feb. 27 through Sun., Mar. 1.

In addition to public demos, photo opportunities, swag, and the chance to meet the developers, Tripwire Interactive is also excited to announce a new partnership with Intel© Corporation for Chivalry 2, which means the game will support the latest Intel© Core™ processor and platform technologies at launch! To celebrate the partnership, Intel© Core™ powered gaming systems will be driving the Chivalry 2 portion of Tripwire's PAX East booth and we will also be running a contest where entrants will have a chance to win an Intel® NUC Hades Canyon Mini PC along with a copy of the original Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and Chivalry 2 upon release later in 2020! Another 50 winners will receive a Chivalry game bundle including the original Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and a copy of Chivalry 2 upon release. The contest starts 2/27/20 and ends on 3/2/20 (valid in US only). Look for more details in the Tripwire Interactive booth at PAX East next week as well as the various Tripwire Interactive social media channels

Tripwire Interactive and Torn Banner Studios are also excited to announce that the Chivalry 2 Closed Alpha starts March 2020. Testers can sign up through the mailing list at http://chivalry2.com/alpha

Maneater is a single-player action-RPG (aka a shARkPG), players must fight to survive as a baby bull shark. Grow in power as you explore a wide range of underwater environments, from swamps and rivers to beachside resorts and the deep blue sea. Your only tools are your wits, your jaws, and the uncanny ability to evolve as you feed. Eat, explore, and evolve the ultimate killing machine in Maneater -- coming soon on May 22, 2020 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC (via the Epic Games Store), followed by a release for the Nintendo Switch at a later date. Be sure to visit the official website and follow the Maneater team on Twitter and Facebook.

PAX East attendees can look forward to the first-ever, public hands-on demo for Maneater. Players will get a taste for blood with the game’s prologue, learn the basics of controlling an apex predator, feed on wildlife and humans, fight off shark hunters, and meet the game’s antagonist, Scaly Pete.

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