There’s a new battle royale game in town! Hyper Scape, from Ubisoft, was announced yesterday on Twitch via access to a technical test and it caught the attention of half a million streamers in just half an hour.
The game developers started teasing the game at the beginning of the week by launching a fake company website, Prisma Dimensions, and posting mysterious Twitter updates, but it was only yesterday that Ubisoft started a direct marketing campaign on Twitch and gave popular streamers a technical test to run. Other users who were live could also receive a Twitch Drop and join the stream.
With Battle Royale being one of the most popular genres in recent years, it comes as no surprise that gamers were instantly curious to know what was going on.
We don’t have the full details yet, but, from what Ubisoft has announced so far and what we’ve seen in the technical test, Hyper Scape has all the mechanics of a classic battle royale game: you can play alone or in groups of three, and, at the beginning of the game, all players are dropped onto a map that gets smaller and smaller. From then, you have to find gear and weapons to survive and, of course, kill other players.
We don’t have any details about a release date so far, not even the beta release, but we do know that it will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
But, with many other battle royale games out there, you may be wondering how this particular one stands out and what details keep it from becoming too repetitive. Here are a few interesting things we spotted in yesterday’s technical test:
Battle royale with a story
If you play battle royale games, you know that the focus doesn’t usually fall on the story. This time, we could be seeing some of that. In the game, Hyper Scape is a virtual world overseen by a technology company called Prisma Dimension, similar to OASIS in Ready Player One. Players enter this world to win, like a futuristic competitive sport.
Battle royale games usually take place in deserted areas, like abandoned buildings, forests, or war zones. For Hyper Scape, Ubisoft switched things up a bit and introduced a futurist setting that we’ve never seen before. Things are much more dynamic and you’ll see more action in the background.
There’s more than one way to win
Killing all the other opponents and being the last one alive is the main mechanic in battle royale games. However, it can also be a cause of BR fatigue, which is why Ubisoft came up with a new twist: apart from killing everyone else, players can also win by capturing a flag that descendeds from the sky and holding on to it for at least 45 seconds. However, all the other players will know your location. Since this happens when the final circle closes in, it changes the strategy completely and forces players to explore a new way of playing battle royale games.