New Exoprimal trailer reveals AI villain Leviathan, new dinosaurs

Shoot dinos while contending with an evil AI.


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Exoprimal, Capcom’s four-player co-operative dinosaur shooter, was revealed during this year’s March Sony State of Play livestream. Following that event, we learned about its basic premise and the platforms Exoprimal will be releasing on. Today’s new trailer gives us further insight into the way its gameplay loop works.

Most notably, today’s Capcom Showcase unveiled Leviathan, which is an AI villain. The reason these dinos are being unleashed upon cityscapes is because of Leviathan, whom treats the entire situation like a game. It leads players along Exoprimal’s ruined cityscapes just before unleashing a deadly onslaught, meanwhile taunting your chances of success.

The most interesting thing about Leviathan is that it acts in a similar manner to the AI director from the Left 4 Dead franchise, except this director is a tangible character within the Exoprimal universe. Objectives and difficulty shift on the fly depending on how well players are doing.

The mystery behind Leviathan and its games will be uncovered through Dino Survival, the closest thing it has to a campaign. This mode pits two teams of five players against each other as they race to complete Leviathan’s objectives.

The most recent trailer showed off Dinosaur Cull and VTOL Defense, two of the objectives you can expect in Dino Survival. In Dinosaur Cull, the teams are competing to defeat a specific marked dinosaur. In VTOL Defense, however, teams are tasked with protecting a grounded aircraft from waves of enemies.

As the name implies, Exoprimal makes use of various mechanical suits that fit either assault, tank, or support roles. This includes the Roadblock, Witchdoctor, Deadeye, and Zephyr.

Exoprimal is scheudled to be released sometime in 2023 on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.