Ubisoft is discontinuing development on Hyper Scape. On Thursday, the company announced it will shut down the game on 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," Ubisoft said. "We will be taking key learnings from this game into future products." Well I think the name kind of gave away what would happen.
Ubisoft is jumping into the battle royale arena with Hyper Scape, its futuristic first-person take on the genre. The publisher will reveal more details in a Twitch stream starting at 2 PM ET, but we've already learned quite a bit after streamers started sharing their gameplay at noon. According to Twitch megastar Turner "Tfue" Tenney (via Reddit), Hyper Scape will only allow gamers to play in teams of three for now, as did Apex Legends at the outset. There'll be up to 33 teams in each match. Your health will regenerate over time and you can revive teammates by taking out other players.
If you missed out on early access to Hyper Scape, you now have another, much easier opportunity to try it. Ubisoft has launched an open beta for its cyberspace-inspired battle royale shooter on PC. You'll need UPlay to install it, but it beats having to be a streamer (or get a Twitch code drop) to see what the fuss is about. The title adds a few wrinkles into the standard battle royale formula. It's still a last-one-standing showdown based around an ever-shrinking play space, but a crown that pops up late in the match will liven things up by giving you a chance to win without shooting your last opponent. There's also much more vertical movement, and abilities like wall-building and teleportation can throw off your foes.
Sony has been promising for a while that 99 percent of PlayStation 4 games will be backward compatible on PS5. It recently released a list of just a few titles that won't make the cut. However, Ubisoft says PlayStation 5 won't support some of its games either. In a blog post laying out how cross-play and cross-progression work on Ubisoft Connect, the publisher revealed some Assassin's Creed titles and other games won't work on PlayStation 5. The console won't be able to run Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Assassin's Creed Chronicles Trilogy Pack, Assassin's Creed Chronicles India, Assassin's Creed Chronicles China, Assassin's Creed Chronicles Russia, Risk, Star Trek Bridge Crew, Werewolves Within and Space Junkies.
The Ubisoft Forward showcase that's taking place this Sunday will offer more details on the likes of Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Hyper Scape, as well as some other upcoming Ubisoft titles. While you might be content to catch up with all of the news after the fact, Ubisoft is sweetening the pot for those who watch the event as it happens -- live viewers can claim a free PC copy of Watch Dogs 2. If you log in with your Uplay account during the main Ubisoft Forward stream, which gets under way at 3PM ET, the hacking-centered game is yours to keep. Ubisoft is also giving away goodies for other games to some folks who answer trivia questions correctly during the event. There's also a 90-minute pre-show, which starts at 1:30PM. Ubisoft said the showcase will include more details about Watch Dogs: Legion.