Ubisoft Reportedly Working on Hero Shooter Battle Royale
Ubisoft is working on a new third-person hero shooter battle royale currently titled Pathfinder, Exputer reports. If true, this would be Ubisoft's second attempt to break into the genre after its first, Hyper Scape, failed to reach the ubiquity enjoyed by Fortnite, Apex Legends or Call of Duty: Warzone.
Games leaker and author of the report Tom Henderson says images and video of the game show a product similar to Hyper Scape, but with a more cartoony visual aesthetic. Games feature teams of four players dropping onto a map, then heading toward its center to fight an AI boss. Along the way, they'll have to navigate a pair of walls with different entryways each game, and guarded by AI enemies.
The closer to the map's center, the more powerful the AI enemies become. In the shrinking play area, it also becomes more common to run into other teams, who you will presumably have to fight.
Players will choose different Heroes, each with their own unique abilities. Details about the abilities are still under wraps.
The game will also have a central hub players can use to socialize, practice with weapons and abilities, race with vehicles, and more.
Pathfinder is being developed by Ubisoft Montreal, the same team that built Hyper Scape. Ubisoft plans to shut that game down April 28, saying it would take "key learnings" from the game into future products.
Ubisoft has another battle royale in development: the free-to-play Ghost Recon: Frontline, developed by Ubisoft Bucharest. The company revealed the game in 2021, but delayed its first closed multiplayer test delayed indefinitely in October. The test has yet to be rescheduled.