There were a few concerns that cross-play functionality would be enforced on all players after Hyper Scape released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Ubisoft has now provided clarifications that those concerns are unfounded.
Speaking with SegmentNext in a recent interview, creative director Jean-Christophe Guyot stated that cross-play will be added “quickly” to Hyper Scape and once the feature goes live, players will be allowed to “set their preferences” for the matchmaking. Ubisoft has already confirmed previously that the game has no skill-based matchmaking, at least not yet. Hence, going hand in hand, being allowed to set matchmaking preferences means that console players will be able to disable cross-play in order to not match against PC players.
We understand that cross-play is an important feature for our player and we plan to include it quickly. Players will then be able to set their preferences about how they would like matchmaking to behave.
There are two main reasons why consoles players are often concerned with playing against PC players. The first has to do with the added precision advantage that mice and keyboards offer on PC. The second has to do with cheating, which has traditionally been more of a PC problem than a console problem.
Hyper Scape is free to play and as such, an open invitation for players to try their luck with the current BattlEye anti-cheat. Being forced to play against cheating PC players on a regular basis is something that console players are always afraid of. Hence, the player-base will be glad to know that Hyper Scape will allow them to disable cross-play at will. Doing so will presumably restrict them to either their own console platform or both consoles in general.
Do note that Hyper Scape now issues hardware bans to any player caught cheating in addition to banning their Ubisoft account. The only way for a banned player to return in the game would be to change their PC hardware.
Guyot also confirmed that Hyper Scape will be releasing for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One “later this summer,” which should be before September. With the console launch, Ubisoft will be releasing the first seasonal content as well across all platforms, which will be with a brand new battle pass.
When we launch on console later this summer, we will have cross-progression available, letting players easily swap from one platform to another and leverage all the items they have unlocked on the different platforms.
Hyper Scape is available on PC in open beta right now. The game will be available day-one on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Though, Ubisoft will be releasing the same current-generation version of the game on the upcoming consoles. Any next-generation-specific enhancements such as improved frame-rate will come somewhere down the road.