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As Yellowstone’s biggest carnivore, grizzly bears deserve an upgrade in WolfQuest 3, so here’s our new griz, hanging out at a carcass. As in the old game, you’ll want to be careful around grizzlies. They like to dine on carcasses and are quite effective at taking carcasses (or whatever they want) from wolves. Even a big pack of wolves knows better than to take one on. But we are creating more interesting AI for the grizzlies, and depending on its hunger and your own patience and tactics, you might be able to claim a carcass from a grizzly. And stay tuned — we’ll have more about grizzlies in future devblogs!

Quick Facts About Grizzly Bears • POPULATION: About 150 grizzly bears (Ursus arctos horribilis) live in Yellowstone. They are generally solitary and avoid conflict except when obtaining food or protecting offspring. • SIZE: Females weigh 130-180 kg (300-400 lb), males 180-650 kg (400-800 lb). • TOP SPEED: 64 kph (40 mph) — which makes them just a bit faster than wolves. • DIET: Generalist omnivores. They eat rodents and other small mammals, insects, ungulates (especially young), fish, roots, pine nuts, and grasses. Grizzlies often scavenge wolf-killed carcasses.

Our bear is another great animal model from our partner, GIM, in Slovakia. This video also offers a preview of another new track by our composer Tim Buzza. We haven’t actually decided yet if this is the grizzly theme or better suited for something else in the game, but I love it so much that I wanted to share it here.

This week Tommi finished coding the genetics and other aspects of wolf identity, Andrei finished building the new wolf customizer, Zach made more progress with core multiplayer functionality, and Susan researched and collected animal sound effects, including the new grizzly vocalizations in this video. I worked on…well, more rocks as well as some game mechanic designs and a few other things we aren’t ready to share yet. We are, unfortunately, still a long way from release. Tommi said “There must be some kind of a rule that says ‘Twice the quality, ten times the work’.” Susan said this post should be titled “Bear with Us” and I was tempted by “Pokey the Bear.” But we’re making progress, slow and steady.

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