Hyper Scape, Ubisoft's Upstart Battle Royale, Leaves Beta and Hits Consoles Next Month

Hyper Scape, Ubisoft's Upstart Battle Royale, Leaves Beta and Hits Consoles Next Month

When it returns, it'll kick off its first season and full Battle Pass.

Haven't tried out Hyper Scape, Ubisoft's frenetic battle royale set in a sprawling digital city? In just a few days the open beta on PC will end, making way for proper launch of the game on August 11 for PC as well as Xbox One and PS4.

As the clock ticks over to 12:00 a.m. PT on August 3, Hyper Scape's beta will go offline, and then it'll have its multiplatform debut just over a week later. The official launch of the free-to-play game will also mark the start of Season 1 for Hyper Scape.

The main attraction with Hyper Scape's first season, as with so many other battle royales, will be its 100-level Battle Pass with cosmetic unlocks. On top of that Ubisoft is also promising that a new weapon, hack, and some limited-time modes are on the way.

Together, Hyper Scape's various hacks, its emphasis on urban verticality, and streamlined looting do give it something of a unique identity, but this full launch and move to consoles will be a big test of its longevity. As USgamer's Reviews Editor Mike Williams said in his early impressions of Hyper Scape, the battle royale space is plenty crowded and a handful of good design choices won't necessarily peel players away from the likes of Fortnite, Apex, Warzone, or even good ol' PUBG.

Once Hyper Scape is officially out there, we'll probably hear more about any future big updates planned for Season 1 or beyond at the next Ubisoft Forward. It's likely that we'll also see more on Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Far Cry 6 at the show.

The first Forward showcase, held earlier this month, sidestepped the allegations of abuse, harassment, and assault leveled against several prominent Ubisoft employees in recent weeks. The company promises that the next Forward in September will be accompanied by a message "sharing the status of Ubisoft's commitment to improving the culture, comfort and safety of Ubisoft employees and community."

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