NA Server Focus Test for HypeSquad Now Live

It's time to get hyped. Netmarble

The NA Server Focus Test for HypeSquad is finally here and players can now see what this battle royale TPS has to offer. With the test running from May 11 to May 29, this makes it the longest test period of the game. Those who want to join can download the demo on Steam.

For this test, players can look forward to seeing new changes implemented based on player feedback. They should also be happy to know that rewards earned at the Battle Pass Beta like character skins, weapon skins, and emotes will be usable when the game is officially launched.

Here are some of the game content and improvements included in the test:

  • New Mode
    • A new Competitive Mode is available that measures a player's skill.
    • Available tiers include Rookie, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
    • Different rewards are provided for each tier so players can continuously try out for higher grades.
  • Battle Pass System (Battle Pass Beta)
    • Pass Points can be obtained by playing a match and completing battle pass missions.
    • Players can obtain Battle Pass Rewards, including emote and skins for weapons and characters based on the accumulated Pass Points.
  • Growth System Changes
    • To allow players to fully enjoy the experience of close-ranged combat during gameplay, the Augmenter, Vending Machine, and Hype Point Systems are removed.
    • A new Level-up System is added.
    • Players can level up by getting experience items found through defeating other players or the newly added PvE elements, the Patrol Robot and Vainin.
    • All players start the game at level 1 and can reach up to level 12.
    • Each time a player levels up, they can choose 1 Talent among attack, defense, and utility and form unique strategies.
  • Combat System Change
    • The number of weapons that can be equipped has been changed to one so players can focus on one weapon rather than continuously choosing other artillery.
  • Weapon Skills and Passives Rework
    • Several weapon skills and passives are changed to improve the unique usability and characteristics of each weapon.
    • For example, various effects are added to the skill sets of Link Cleaver to allow players to confuse enemies and engage in a more dynamic combat environment.
  • Rule Changes
    • Extra time is added after the final round in Survival Mode.
    • Unlike the previous rounds, the safe zone won't shrink during the extra time.
    • Instead of holding out in the safe zone or being forced to fight due to the gray field, the extra time allows players to determine the battle's outcome through combat.
    • Farming-type bots Vainin and Patrol Robot, which enable players to carry out alternative strategies by dropping experience items and other combat-assist items, are added.

AI Fan Art

Aside from the test, players can also join the AI Fan Art event until June 5. To join, they have to access the newly added AI Beta Service and create their very own images of characters.

Popular keywords used by players are going to be used to design new skins in the future. They can participate in the AI Fan Art event on the official HypeSquad Discord channel.

HypeSquad is a game where you join a three-man squad in a 20-squad battle and try to survive intense close-quarters combat. Different weapons and options let you creatively personalize your combat style to lead your squad to victory.

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