Crytek has joined other companies in contributing to Australian bushfire relief. The game has released a Fire Flight DLC for its top game, Hunt: Showdown. This DLC includes two weapons, similar to New Orleans firefighters from the 1980s. These items include, The Algiers Phoenix Heavy knife, and the Spark LRR, which is a heavy-duty gun to stop a fire.
“The New Orleans Fire Department began in April of 1829, when a group of men organized a volunteer fire department called the Fireman’s Charitable Association. After 62 years of volunteer service, the New Orleans Fire Department became a paid fire-fighting force in 1891 – just four years before the main action of Hunt takes place,” Crytek wrote.
“In October of 1895, a fire that started in a tenement building took out most of the New Orleans West Bank neighborhood of Algiers. Horse drawn fire trucks arrived to fight the blaze, but they were unable to stop the fire’s spread. In memory of these historic fire fights, and with our hats raised to the fire fighters working tirelessly across Australia even now, we dedicate these two new items.”
All revenue generated from Fire Flight DLC will goto Wires, which is Australia’s large wildlife rescue organization. Wires have had more than 20,000 calls in December alone, which makes 3300 rescues.
Bad Start for The Fire Flight DLC
Lastly, The Fire Flight DLC has had a terrible start. The DLC has mixed with negative reviews, players are having trouble accessing DLC after purchasing it. Furthermore, there are numerous reports of bugs, crashes, and corrupted profiles. Crytek came forward and rolled back to the previous version which has solved the problem, but negative reviews are still headlines on Steam’s page.
“We want to assure players that their purchased DLCs will be provided once we have a fix available,” Crytek explained in an update. “In the following week all players who played in-between the release of update 1.2 and the rollback will receive a compensation.”