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Hytale summer development update gives us a soft launch date

Published: 02:04, 02 July 2021
Hypixel Studios
Hytale updates after six months of silence
Hytale updates after six months of silence

Hytale combines the scope of a sandbox with the depth of a roleplaying game, immersing players in a procedurally generated world of great wonder, and now that world has become deeper and more enchanting

The first half of 2021 has been a period of significant change, both for Hytale and for Hypixel Studios. The company has continued to recruit new team members, whose talents and unique perspectives have expanded what Hytale can be. The way of doing things, the developers say, has changed as well. It is no longer focused on exploring, but on completing milestones set in their path.

To begin with, what has become increasingly apparent is that there are several more years of work remaining before Hytale is ready to launch. No longer can it be expected to launch Hytale before 2023 at the earliest, and it could very well take longer.

There are two key considerations driving this assessment. First of those is that the studios themselves have become far better at game development, and wish to leverage this into making the best game possible, which takes time.

Secondly, it is not enough to just create Hytale but to do it in such a way that it will be easily portable to other platforms as well. The game was always intended for mobile and consoles, and doing things this way makes for a shorter time period between platform releases.

However, this does not mean that there is no news regarding Hytale itself, especially after a six-month hiatus.

Player characters are Avatars—the powerful, playful, and protean denizens of a boundless realm known as the Alterverse. All Avatars are free to adjust their appearance as the mood strikes them. The name 'Avatar' captures the double role that every player character fulfills, both as a character in a high-fantasy adventure story and as an expression of their player's online identity.

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The combat system has been rebuilt as well, with weapon choices making the core of the said system. The developers focused on making weapons actually distinct from one another, in more ways than numbers and stats. And with AI and worldbuilding advancements in the game, it is certainly worth checking out their page and videos and screenshots posted there.

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