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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – September 3, 2020 — Today, Ubisoft and Dark Horse Comics announced a brand-new comic, “HYPER SCAPE #1 The First Principle Part 1.” It has been helmed by a strong creative team: Scripted by Christofer Emgård (Mirror’s Edge: Exordium, The Whispering Dark), illustrated by Gabriel Guzman (StarCraft: Survivors, Predators), colored by Michael Atiyeh (Halo: Escalation, The Orville), and lettered by Comicraft (Ghost, Conan). The free digital comic book series is developed in collaboration with Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape team – the overall story itself is written by Ubisoft’s Marielle Quesney and Jesse Scoble.

“We are ecstatic to be partnering with Dark Horse and expand the world of Hyper Scape beyond the game itself so players and other audiences can dive deeper into our lore,” says Jean-Christophe Guyot, Creative Director for Hyper Scape. “From the very start we’ve developed Hyper Scape not only as a Battle Royale but also a rich universe full of diverse characters and mysteries to unfold. Comics are for us the perfect medium to tell those stories so we’re very excited to release our first one today!”

“Working with the team at Ubisoft to create a comics series that is being released along with the seasons of the actual game has been a challenge, but with the enthusiasm on both sides for such a cool and unique concept it has been a real pleasure. I hope players of the game enjoy the added experience of the comics.” — Freddye Miller, Editor at Dark Horse Comics.

Based on a video game played by millions of people worldwide, “HYPER SCAPE #1 The First Principle Part 1” immerses readers in a dystopian future. This is the year 2054. The world has turned darker over the last three decades, with 10 billion people now suffocating in mega-cities. A megacorporation called Prisma Dimensions have created a massive and ubiquitous digital world, the HYPER SCAPE. People have found solace in this virtual landscape where they can access recreation, entertainment, and social community in the blink of an eye. An upgrade to the system is about to be unveiled, revolutionizing the experience . . . but at what cost?

“HYPER SCAPE #1 The First Principle Part 1” is the first issue in a free digital series made up of twelve ten-page comics to be released monthly starting today. It is available on the Hyper Scape website – as well Dark Horse Digital, Comixology, and other digital comics websites.

About Dark Horse Comics 
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics is an excellent example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and transform a company with humble beginnings into an industry giant. Under a new partnership with Vanguard Visionary Associates, Dark Horse is positioned to further expand its reach globally with publishing, products, and filmed entertainment. Over the years, Dark Horse has published the work of creative legends such as Yoshitaka Amano, Margaret Atwood, Paul Chadwick, Geof Darrow, Will Eisner, Neil Gaiman, Dave Gibbons, Faith Erin Hicks, Kazuo Koike, Matt Kindt, Jeff Lemire, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Moebius, Chuck Palahniuk, Wendy Pini, and Gerard Way. In addition, Dark Horse has a long tradition of establishing exciting new creative talent throughout all of its divisions. The company has also set the industry standard for quality licensed comics, graphic novels, collectibles, and art books, including Stranger Things, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Minecraft, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Dragon Age, James Cameron’s Avatar, Game of Thrones, Mass Effect, StarCraft, The Witcher, and Halo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

About Hyper Scape

Hyper Scape is an urban, fast-paced, free-to-play battle royale game developed by Ubisoft Montreal. Set in the virtual city of Neo-Arcadia, up to 100 players face each other to become champion of the Hyper Scape. Bringing a fresh take on the battle royale genre, Hyper Scape is a fast-paced experience that introduces innovative gameplay mechanics such as Hacks, the Fusion, the Decay, the Showdown and many others. Through Hyper Scape Crowncast, a Twitch extension developed in partnership with Twitch, Hyper Scape offers a unique viewing experience, but also offers new tools for streamers to interact with their community. Hyper Scape is available on PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. It supports cross-progression across platforms.

About Ubisoft

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2019–20 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €1,534 million. To learn more, please visit:

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