Side-scrolling, 2D MOBA Hyper Universe is gearing up to leave Early Access by hosting a its final free weekend event on Steam, starting today. The free weekend event ends December 20. The official release date has not yet been announced.

“We were excited to offer our passionate community the opportunity to join Hyper Universe’s Early Access period, allowing them to test the game and provide their valuable feedback,” said Jungsoo Lee, General Manager of Nexon America. “The development team has made great strides since beginning the process and remain committed to supporting Hyper Universe through launch and beyond. We’re looking forward to getting the final game into the hands of our loyal fans and new players soon after gathering feedback from this important test period.”

Hyper Universe is also currently on sale. Until January 4, 2018, you can grab the Founder’s Pack for $7.99, 50% off. The Founder’s Pack grants access to all 24 characters, called Hypers. When the game officially launches it will be free-to-play, but you’ll have to purchase (or earn) each Hyper.

A patch released today adds a new Bruiser Hyper, Hongdukei, as well as the new Ranked mode. Players must be level 5 and own at least 12 Hypers to access Ranked, which only be available until December 21. On December 21, a new update will add holiday-themed maps and skins.

Given the timing of this free weekend, Hyper Universe will most likely launch in early 2018. If you want to purchase all the heroes, now would be the time to do it. Otherwise wait until release and play the game for free, earning Hypers along the way.

The Hyper Universe free weekend begins today, and ends December 20.

Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric has been writing for over five years with bylines in Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer and Tabletop Gaming magazine, covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on YouTube. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.