Eat, explore, and evolve your way to the top of the food chain in this open world shaRkPG! In Maneater you play as a giant Shark and can terrorize the beachgoers, no longer do you have to be afraid to go in the water. In the opening minutes you meet Scaly Pete, the star of a reality show where he hunts sharks, including you. Maneater will release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 22, and on Nintendo Switch at a later date.
The game is an action role-playing gameplayed from a third-person perspective. In the game, the player assumes control of a baby bull shark who must take revenge on shark hunter Scaly Pete, who killed the mother shark and disfigured the baby shark. The shark has several basic attacks, including charging into enemies, siloing out of the water, and whipping enemies with its tail to stun them. It can also use its surroundings for combat advantages, such as using a swordfish as a spear. The shark needs to hunt and consume other aquatic wildlife such as fish and turtles in order to obtain nutrients, namely proteins, fats, minerals, and rare mutagenics. Players can also attack humans by wreaking havoc along the coast, destroying yachts and ships, and knocking people off jet skis. As the player gains enough nutrients, the shark will unlock new abilities and increase in size, which allows the shark to take on larger and deadlier creatures. The shark will slowly evolve into an adult megalodon, and players can acquire advanced upgrades and customization options such as external bone plates and electromagnetic spikes to further enhance the shark’s combat abilities.
Playing as the shark, players can freely explore an open world, which consists of seven regions. Players can discover hidden locations and complete side objectives. Each region will also has its own apex predatorwhich may kill the shark. Defeating these predators include alligators, giant squids, killer whales, and even other sharks will earn the player special skills. The world is reactive. As the shark creates more havoc, human Bounty Hunters will be dispatched to hunt down the shark. If the shark manages to kill the ten lead hunters, which are named characters, it will receive additional rewards. The game is narrated by the host of an in-game reality TV show titled Maneaters vs. Sharkhunters (voiced by Chris Parnell), who guides the player throughout the game.