Off One Bandwagon and Onto Another
It’s nearly impossible to keep track of every game that comes out, but if you hear a name that’s been out for a few years, it usually jogs your memory. You can usually recall hearing about it. That being said, I had no idea there was a game called Hyper Scape before today. Anyway, Hyper Scape is shutting down.
Released back in August 2020, Hyper Scape is a free-to-play battle royale from Ubisoft. This was an attempt to scrape some attention and money away from the Fortnite and Apex Legends crowds, but… well, you know how that turned out.
Yesterday, the game’s Twitter account, which had been dormant for about six months, released a statement. It reads in part, “We have made the difficult decision to end development of Hyper Scape and shut the game down as of April 28th. We set out to create a vertical, close-quarters, and fast-paced shooter experience and we are extremely grateful to our community for joining us on our journey. We will be taking key learnings from this game into future products.”
Ubisoft does not give a specific reason for shutting down. It is likely to cut their losses and start up some other cash grab. Speaking of which, they are doubling down on NFTs! That’s right, one trend ends and other doesn’t take off.
To Hyper Scape’s credit, the game tried out a lot of cool things. While most battle royale games tended to play at long to mid ranges, this game focused on close-quarter combat and involved a lot of verticality. There was also a lot of Twitch integration, where viewers could affect the flow of the game. Unfortunately, those elements did not help it stick. Hyper Scape is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S, but will go offline on April 28th.
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