One of my favorite games from PAX South 2017 is finally launching in two weeks. Hyper Universe will officially move from Early Access to launch on January 17. It’s available on PC through Steam and the Nexon Launcher.

Hyper Universe will launch as a free-to-play title, with purchasable (or earned) hero characters called Hypers. The currently available Early Access edition is paid, but grants access to all the Hypers up front.

“Since releasing through Steam’s Early Access program this past August, the development team carefully reviewed all player feedback, implementing wide-ranging gameplay changes,” said Jungsoo Lee, General Manager of Nexon America. “We want to thank our passionate and dedicated community for their hard work to help shape the development of this game and we eagerly await their response when it goes live for everyone later this month.”

In a recent blog post, producer Hyun K. noted that Hyper Universe will not feature any loot boxes. Instead the cash shop will be purchasable skins and other aesthetic items. Hypers can be purchased for $5 each, or earned through playing the game.

Hyper Universe plays like a traditional MOBA with multiple lanes of AI armies marching towards each other. The big twist is that it plays on a large 2D battlefield with multiple floors, controlling more like an old-school arcade game but with modern MOBA characters and gameplay.

The official launch will also add a big update as well as adding six new Hypers, one for each class, bringing the total number of characters to 41. Hyper Universe will launch on January 17 on PC.


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