Three sources have confirmed that Ubisoft is working on a new third-person shooter dubbed ‘Pathfinder’, which could be a codename for the project.
Images and videos of the game, that have been provided with the request of anonymity show a similar graphical design to the soon-to-be shutdown Hyper Scape developed by Ubisoft Montreal. The game, however, does appear to be a little more cartoony in nature.
Hyper Scape will be closing down its servers at the end of April, which is believed to be due to the lack of players playing the game. Ubisoft issued the following statement on Hyper Scape’s future: “We have made the difficult decision to end development of Hyper Scape and shut the game down as of April 28th. 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. We will be taking key learnings from this game into future products.”
Pathfinder appears to be a slightly different take on a Battle Royale, where a team of four players will drop into the map and find their path towards the center to fight the main AI boss. Players need to navigate their way through two walls (an outer wall and an inner wall) that have a series of gates around them that can be breachable. The catch? Different gates are breachable or locked every single game, making each game different in terms of the path you need to navigate.
In order to get to the middle of the map, players will need to fight AI enemies to level up and get stronger, with AI getting noticeably more difficult the further toward the middle of the map you get. Presumably, the game will be PvPvE, as you’ll be dropping into the map with other players, so the AI will not be your only threat.
Players are called ‘Heroes’, with each having their own unique abilities, although those abilities can not yet be determined as the game is in early development.
The game also features a central hub, which is similar to the Destiny Tower, where players can use a firing range, join an event area, have fun races with vehicles, go to the shop, and more.
Pathfinder is clearly in very early development, but the game seems to have a unique flair that in my opinion, Ubisoft games have been missing these past several years.
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