With E3 cancelled this year, video game companies have had to get creative with new game releases. Ubisoft streamed an online event called “Ubisoft Forward” on Sunday, where it showcased the latest updates of its most-anticipated upcoming games. One of these titles is Hyper Scape, a free-to-play battle royale shooter developed by Ubisoft Montreal. While battle royale games are nothing new, elements such as gameplay influenced by live stream viewers certainly set Hyper Scape apart.
Set in a dystopian future, characters in the game battle in a metaverse called Neo Arcadia and in a sport known as Crown Rush – similar to the movie Ready Player One. Gamers can play solo or as a team of three, with up to 99 players able to compete together. One interesting feature of the game happens when a player is shot – instead of dying, they are given the ability to wander around as a ghost and wait for the chance to respawn when an enemy dies. Everything takes place in the first person too, which adds to the excitement. In addition to the standard shoot-to-survive-and-win gameplay, a crown appears towards the end and any player who can hold the crown for 45 seconds becomes the winner.
Viewers on Twitch will also be able to influence the game, with Ubisoft currently working on Twitch integration. Viewers will be able to vote for the location of map events in favour of the player/team they are rooting for.
The free beta version of Hyper Scape is now available for Window PC. Playstation and Xbox versions will also be released later this year.