Ubisoft has totally officially entered the battle royale genre with the confirmation of Hyper Scape, a futuristic, free-to-play BR game that looks equal parts Ready Player One, Tron and The Hunger Games.
Set for a release in the next few months across “PC and consoles” — we’re assuming Xbox One and PS4, Hyper Scape is set in a dystopic future circa 2054, where most are poor and some choose to fight for a boost to their status. See? There are some major Katniss vibes going on here.
Prisma Dimensions, the mega-corp already seen in the leaked information that came earlier this week, has set up the virtual city of Neo-Arcadia for the big event, pitting players against one another in an attempt to either kill everyone else or walk away wearing a crown that spawns near the end of a match.
Ubisoft calls it “a fresh take on battle royale” and will introduce some variations to the established genre. First, the game’s Hero characters won’t have unique special abilities but will rather access “game-changing hacks” found scattered across the map. Picking a hack up will let you use it, and the hacks themselves range from invisibility, player-seeking mines, and more.
In terms of weaponry, a fusion system will let you pick up the same type of weapon you’re already carrying and combine them, upgrading the weapon itself. Not only does the act make you more powerful, but it also removes a weapon that an opponent could pick up. Clever, no?
The final big change is in how you’ll revive those in your squads… or really, how you’ll die and be revived yourself. Rather than getting murdered and spectating, you’ll respawn as an Echo. A ghost of sorts, you’ll not be able to take part in actual combat but will be able to ping a revival source (aka, still-alive opponent). If that pinged source expires, you’ll be able to turn that into an opportunity to jump back in the game.
The other unique attribute Hyper Scape is spruiking is an integration with Twitch called Crowncast. Those watching actual Hyper Scape games will be able to “vote on game-changing events that affect all contenders live” — things like decreased gravity, increased player speed, and more. Not only will you be able to impact actual games, but those spectating will also be earning points towards their own in-game Battle Passes. It’s a neat little idea.
Hyper Scape heads to Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4 in this, the Australian winter. A technical test is on offer in some regions, but not Australia — we’ll keep you informed as we learn more about the game and Aussie opportunities to play. In the meantime, check out an extensive interview with Game Designer, Chris Pope.