Ubisoft has revealed Hyper Scape, a free-to-play, fast-paced, sci-fi, multiplayer shooter set in a virtual world of the same name. In the game, 99 players descend onto the map of Neo-Arcadia, either solo or in teams of three, to compete in Crown Rush, the most popular game in the Hyper Scape.
The game’s Technical Test is live on PC, meaning that you can tune in to watch Founders’ livestreams right now. Founders are streamers and content creators granted access to the test, and watching their streams makes you eligible to earn drops and have a chance to participate in the Hyper Scape Technical Test yourself.
Hyper Scape introduces a number of new features to the battle royale genre, and it all starts with the dense, entirely urban map of Neo-Arcadia. Speed and verticality are crucial in the streets, courtyards, and multi-story buildings of Hyper Scape, and you’ll have to stay on your toes and make smart use of your weapons and unique abilities.
These abilities, called Hacks, can dramatically alter your playstyle by allowing you to do things like teleport; turn invisible; heal yourself and your allies; leap into the air to come crashing down on enemies; and so much more. As matches progress, you’ll upgrade your weapons and Hacks by picking up duplicate copies and fusing them into more powerful iterations.
In Hyper Scape, death is not the end of the game. Players who are eliminated become Echoes, active participants who can still move throughout the map to ping enemies, weapons, and locations for their surviving teammates. Eliminating enemy players creates a Restore point at the location they went down, so if you want to bring back a teammate, you’ll have to take out an opposing player, or find a spot where someone else already did.
Survive long enough to be one of the last squads standing, and you’ll enter the Showdown phase. At this point, a crown spawns somewhere on the map, and players can win the match in one of two ways: eliminate all other players, or capture the crown and hold onto it for 45 seconds. But keep in mind that when you’re holding the crown, your location is revealed to all players.
Thanks to a partnership with Twitch, Hyper Scape features a brand-new Twitch extension called Crowncast. Crowncast allows viewers to impact matches in real time by voting on in-game events that affect all players, like turning on low gravity or giving everyone the ability to triple-jump for a limited time.
Viewers can also earn in-game rewards just by watching, and streamers can invite viewers to party up with them, all through Crowncast.
The Hyper Scape Technical Test begins today, July 2, and you have an opportunity to join the battle before it concludes on July 7 at 11:59PM PT/2:59AM ET. The Technical Test initially features Crown Rush mode, which groups players into three-person squads; the solo Dark Haze mode will become available later during the test.
If you’re in one of the eligible regions and want to be part of the action, you can watch select Twitch streams and earn Twitch Drops, including access to the Technical Test. But before you do that, be sure to link your Uplay and Twitch accounts at Drops-Register.Ubi.com, and then find a stream from the list below that has “Drops Enabled” marked when you’re tuned-in.
Once you’ve successfully earned a Technical Test Drop, you’ll need to download the Uplay client (if you haven’t already) and add the game to your library by clicking the Hyper Scape banner within Uplay.
All progress made during the Technical Test will carry over into the game when it becomes widely available.