Ubisoft entered the battle royale scene quite late. Its newest free-to-play BR game “Hyper Scape” released earlier this week for PS4, Xbox One and PC and so far, interest is dwindling. Sure, the game had quite a successful test phase topping Twitch’s most-viewed charts the day it was announced. In addition, the game’s Twitch viewership remained high for about a week after the technical test went up. The same cannot be said for the multi-platform launch as viewership is dropping by the hour.
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Hyper Scape is sitting on around 250,000 followers on Twitch. At max, the game has 10,000 viewers across the various channels. In comparison, Fall Guys is sitting close to 500,000. Other battle royale games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Warzone and PUBG have millions of followers with hundreds of thousands of viewers at any given time.
To make matters worse, Hyper Scape kind of relies on Twitch. Ubisoft is working on Twitch integration features where viewers can vote on random map events that would temporarily affect a streamer’s active match. Modifiers such as infinite ammo, low gravity and weapon buffs are added to the map to allow streamers to interact and change the game depending on their viewers.
But why is the game suffering? Well, is it most likely due to the overall saturated battle royale landscape on Twitch. Viewers have already found their preferred BR games so Hyper Scape is finding it hard to break into their schedules. In addition, the game is also still new so there’s nothing much happening but the base experience at the moment. If Ubisoft plans on releasing seasonal themed content and other updates, perhaps users can find some interest in this.
Ubisoft won’t give up though. The company is known for growing its titles over the years. Games which we all thought would crash and burn terribly, are still going strong today. For Honor, for example, launched with some major gameplay issues and low player base. A few years later, it is thriving with a massive online community and following. The same can be said for Rainbow Six Siege. Still, it is concerning to see the game perform so poorly. That is no doubt due to the fact that its a battle royale.