Websites from fictional, sketchy looking megacorporations are a tried-and-true technique for worldbuilding and buzz, and that's what Ubisoft has released as the public's first official look at something called Hyper Scape. A full unveiling is scheduled for Thursday, July 2.
Today, Ubisoft launched a page for Prisma Dimensions, a fake company specializing in far-flung future tech. "How far we've come from Eiffel's early work on direct neural stimulation, to being the world's leading multinational technology, media, and service company," reads an intro from Prisma's fictional CEO, Dr. Ivy Tan. "We could only have achieved this with our worldwide workforce of specialized and passionate individuals."
The page goes on to tease a reveal for something called the "Hyper Scape" on July 2, but someone already spilled the beans. On Twitter, esports insider and consultant Rod Breslau says his sources have revealed that Hyper Scape is a free-to-play FPS battle royale developed by Ubisoft Montreal (the same branch that leads Assassin's Creed and Rainbow Six development). Breslau says it's set to launch for PC and current-gen consoles and will feature cross-play, as well as deep integrations with Twitch.
The text from the Prisma Dimensions teaser website certainly backs up the idea that this will be a battle royale. "Get ready to drop into the neon-drenched streets of the world's premiere virtual city, Neo Arcadia," reads the section about the Hyper Scape. "You'll want to hit the ground running, as you'll need every advantage you can find to give yourself a leg up on the competition. Only the best contenders will make it to the final showdown."
Earlier this year, Ubisoft said that it plans five major releases for its fiscal year: four known and one unannounced triple-A title belonging to one of its "biggest franchises." It doesn't seem like Hyper Scape is an offshoot of one of Ubisoft's other properties (as Apex Legends was to Titanfall), which would suggest this fifth game is still unidentified.
This announcement comes in the midst of an internal shake-up at Ubisoft, as two executives—Tommy François and Maxime Béland—and an undisclosed number of other employees have been placed on leave following allegations of misconduct. Other the past few weeks, dozens of serious allegations regarding sexual harassment and other forms of abuse have reverberated throughout the games industry.
On July 12, the publisher will host Ubisoft Forward, a digital showcase devised in place of having an E3 2020 showing. In addition to likely learning more about Hyper Scape there, it's likely that we'll see more from Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs Legion, and Rainbow Six Quarantine.