Ubisoft's battle royale title Hyper Scape is going offline on April 28th.
The game's demise was announced in a short blog post that did not provide reason for the shutdown (though it's worth assuming underperformance was a key motivation). "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," the company wrote. "We will be taking key learnings from this game into future products."
The game originally launched on July 12, 2020. This shutdown sadly means that Hyper Scape was not able to cross the two-year mark.
Though buoyed by an original setting and some unique mechanics, Hyper Scape faced stiff competition from major industry contenders like Fortnite, PUBG Battlegrounds, Apex Legends, and more.
It's worth noting that both PUBG Battlegrounds and Fortnite have ballooned well past their Battle Royale origins in different ways. Fortnite is a business built partially on crossovers with media and other games, and PUBG Arena has followed a similar path, with fast-follow modes like a Red Light/Green Light mode inspired by TV show Squid Game.
Apex Legends has managed to maintain its originality, but it's begun to splinter outward into adding other game modes.
Ubisoft concluded its note about the game's shutdown with a note for the game's dedicated playerbase. "To the Hyper Scape community, thank you for your passion and dedication to the world of Neo Arcadia both inside and outside of the game," they wrote. "Your devotion to the game we built will always be cherished."