Hyper Scape Server will be shutting down soon

A year and a half after its launch, Ubisoft is officially ending development of Hyperscape and will shut down its servers. While the game saw significant hype at launch, it quickly faded from the radar. As a result, Ubisoft quietly stopped supporting the game long before this announcement. Hyper Scape servers will go offline on April 28, 2022.

Why is Hyperscape Dead?

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Even though today marks the official announcement that development has ended on Hyperscapethe last update for the game came in April 2021. After that, Ubisoft fell silent and the game never got past Season 3. HyperscapeThe director, Jean-Christophe Guyot, appears to have joined a new studio in April 2021, coinciding with the end of support for the game. Although the game was discontinued, Ubisoft continued to sell microtransactions and battle passes.

The studio confirmed the end of development with this message:

We have made the difficult decision to continue the development of Hyperscape and close the game on April 28. We wanted to create a vertical, close-quarters, and fast-paced shooter experience, and we are immensely grateful to our community for joining us on our journey. We will carry the key lessons from this game into future products.

To the Hyperscape community, thank you for your passion and dedication to the world of Neo Arcadia, both inside and outside the game. Your dedication to the game we built will always be cherished.

Hyperscape‘s death comes as a result of Ubisoft’s lack of commitment and oversaturation of the battle royale genre. Other than the initial push, where Ubisoft paid major streamers to play the game, there was little marketing. The company tried to surprise the launch Hyperscape like EA did with Apex Legends. Streamers, however, quickly lost interest when the money ran out and a community refused to unite around the game.

Posts in the game’s subreddit indicate that players are typically unable to find the 60 (versus 100 at launch) players needed to fill a match. So it’s been on life support for a while and it was inevitable that Ubisoft would pull the plug. A game flop after a two-year development cycle and a massive initial marketing campaign couldn’t have been good for Ubisoft’s bottom line. Unfortunately, no financial data on the game is available. Still, we’re willing to bet it’s probably one of the company’s most expensive failures.

In other news, gameplay of the canceled Star Wars 1313 leaked, and Crusader Kings 3 is PS5 bound this spring.

[Source: Ubisoft]