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Battle Royale games are growing at a steady pace. Major developers have come up with their games and now Ubisoft is all set to make its move with Hyper Scape. The game will make its way globally on August 11th, 2020.

First-person shooter Hyper Scape will compete with the likes of Fortnite and Call of Duty Warzone to be the biggest BR game.

The game’s beta was available for players starting June 12. Now, as they look to release the game globally, fans are thrilled.

Season 1 of the game will begin on August 11 for all players. The game, set in a sci-fi environment, looks to be quite engaging with new modes, weapons, and much more. It has already become a hit on Twitch, with many eager to see what the game is all about.

Hyper Scape Season 1

“Welcome to Hyperscape contenders. A digital frontier helping humanity to connect and compete. At Prisma dimension, we pride ourselves on shaping the future.”

The game is truly one of its kind. The kill animations are on point and it’s almost as if you are floating in the sky. Players can take huge leaps without worrying much and that just adds to the fun.

The new weapon, Dragonfly, has certainly caught everyone’s attention. New modes such as limited-time and a 100 player battle pass are already on their way. While Ubisoft didn’t let up on too many details, what we saw has us excited.

The current beta for Hyper Scape was limited only to PC players. But happy news for console owners, as the game will be made available for console platforms from August 11. The current beta comes to a close on August 2nd.

Items unlocked by the players during beta will carry over to the game once it’s available for all. If you played the beta on PC and are looking to shift to console when the game drops, that won’t be an issue either thanks to the cross-play feature.

Another striking feature in the game is its integration with Twitch. While streaming, viewers can set off some effects and even decide on the outcome of the match.

The game will be available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Make sure to try the game out when Season 1 arrives.

Source: Hyper Scape Twitter

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High-end clothing hire store Rent the Runway shuts down ALL of its physical stores and will operate online only after laying off its entire retail staff

The high-end clothing rental startup Rent the Runway has said it will permanently close all of its physical stores and will operate online only after laying off its entire retail staff in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rent the Runway will shutter its stores in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC, and convert the New York City location to a permanent drop-off site, the company told CNBC on Friday.

'This has been an evolution over the past two to three years,' Anushka Salinas, Rent the Runway president and COO, told the outlet. 

'We always knew we wanted and will continue to have a physical presence strategy. What we know now is the physical presence strategy is about drop boxes,' she said. 

Rent the Runway's West Coast flagship store in San Francisco is seen on opening day last year. The company is now closing all five of its physical stores

Rent the Runway co-founder and CEO Jenn Hyman (above) recently told the Wall Street Journal that she was hopeful business will bounce back after the pandemic

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It comes as many retailers move to permanently close physical locations, particularly those in major cities that have suffered under months of harsh lockdowns with no end in sight.

J.C. Penney and Neiman Marcus, the anchor tenants at two of the largest malls in Manhattan, recently filed for bankruptcy and announced that they would shutter those locations.

Microsoft in late June announced plans to permanently close its 83 retail locations, and Kate Spade and Coach owner Tapestry said this week they are planning a wave of closures.

Rent the Runway, which had raised $541 million in venture capital funding, was forced to cut costs early in the pandemic, laying off all of its retail staff. 

The company declined to say how many workers were laid off, but said that costs had been cut by 51 percent  

However, the company's online arm was deemed 'essential' because it shipped fashionable clothes to remote office workers for Zoom meetings, and warehouse employees complained about being asked to work in the pandemic. 

The Rent the Runway DC store is seen on its opening in 2014.The company was forced to cut costs early in the pandemic, laying off all of its retail staff

A photo obtained by the Huffington Post shows a packed Rent the Runway warehouse break room full of staff sitting side by side without gloves or masks on March 19

Its warehouses were kept open under New Jersey's and Texas 's executive orders around essential businesses, meaning staff who turned down work might not have been eligible for unemployment benefits.

Dozens of employees complained to the Huffington Post about crowded and unsanitary conditions.

'They don't care about us,' one worker, Sofia, told the outlet. 'We come from other countries, but we have rights. They have to treat us like human beings.' 

The company, on its press page, touts another Huffington Post article gushing that 71 percent of its employees are non-white.

Rent The Runway told the company was not operating through a loophole but had continued to keep its warehouses open in compliance with the executive orders in Texas and New Jersey. 

The company said it began implementing social distancing and other measures to protect staff mid-March, in line with CDC guidelines and state and local laws. 

Anushka Salinas (right), Rent the Runway president and COO, is seen attending the Benefit for Grace Outreach: Helping Women and Giving Them a Second Chance benefit in 2017

Rent the Runway works by sending designer clothing to a membership of women, who rent the garments for a limited time before sending them back to warehouses where they are cleaned and inspected by staff and sent to the next customer. 

The company has encouraged its members to maintain their subscriptions, and Salinas, the COO, told CNBC that the company had not seen a steep drop-off.

'The vast majority of our subscribers didn't cancel their accounts,' Salinas said. 'They put them on hold or just kept items at home. ... That tells me there is optimism.' 

Rent the Runway co-founder and CEO Jenn Hyman recently told the Wall Street Journal that she was hopeful business will bounce back, and said the company would come out of the pandemic stronger than ever.

'We repositioned the company financially and structurally to benefit coming out of the pandemic,' Hyman said in the interview. 'We don't need people to go back to work. We just need people to leave their home.'

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