Out this week: UFC 4, Hyper Scape, Bite the Bullet, Cooking Simulator, Escape from Tethys, Brunch Club, more

With almost twenty new releases on Xbox One alone, we can safely say it’s a busy week for new releases. Amongst these are two big hitters – EA’s UFC 4, which cranks up the realism this year to allow for a greater variety of outcomes, and Ubisoft’s free-to-play shooter Hyper Scape.

Hyper Scape is Ubisoft’s first stab at battle royale, believe it or not. Set within the virtual city of Neo Arcadia, it’s a 100-player urban affair with battles taking place in cluttered city streets, rooftops and plazas.

There are two ways to win – either be the last one standing or by capturing the crown – and new ‘hacks’ can be acquired during play, including the ability to turn into a giant ball. Twitch integration lets viewers choose a variety of world-altering effects, meanwhile.

It’s a pretty good week for indie oddities too, including the psychedelic twin-stick shooter Zero Strain, the surreal bug-based adventure Metamorphosis, four-player physics party game Brunch Club, and an Xbox release of the curiously well-received Cooking Simulator.

Sticking with the food theme, Bite the Bullet – due on Switch and Xbox One – is a roguelike RPG shooter where every enemy is edible.

We’ve spent some time with Escape from Tethys – a pixel art Metroidvania set within an off-world research facility teeming with alien life. While it doesn’t do much to push the genre forward, it’s competently put together and there’s a good sense of progression.

Hellraid is back from the dead too. Well, kinda – Techland’s cancelled gothic slasher is about to be reborn as Dying Light DLC, reusing some assets and accessible from a “mysterious” arcade cabinet.

Mad Games Tycoon also gets a retail release on both Switch and PS4. We really enjoyed this game development sim. It lets you set up a studio, hire staff, and create a portfolio of releases across a wide range of genres. Seeing your hot new release reviewed by the press is a really neat touch – it takes a decent amount of experimentation to gain critical praise. Expect to pay around £20-£25 for this one.

New release showcase


Hyper Scape

Cooking Simulator

Banner of the Maid


Brunch Club

Darkestville Castle


Zero Strain 


Bite the Bullet

New multiformat releases

  • EA Sports UFC 4
  • Dying Light: Hellraid
  • Brunch Club
  • Hyper Scape
  • Prehistoric Dude
  • Darkestville Castle
  • Metamorphosis 
  • The Alto Collection

New on PSN

  • Banner of the Maid

New on Xbox One store

  • Bite the Bullet
  • Escape from Tethys
  • The Ambassador: Fractured Timelines
  • Boomerang Fu
  • Linn: Path of Orchards
  • Car Mechanic Simulator Classic
  • Zero Strain
  • Faeria
  • Through the Darkest of Times    
  • Cooking Simulator
  • The Explorer of Night
  • Linn: Path of Orchards
  • Of Tanks and Demons III

New Switch retail releases

  • Mad Games Tycoon
  • Beholder: Complete Edition Collector’s Edition
  • Mountain Rescue

Next week: Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time, Battletoads,  Peaky Blinders: Mastermind, Beyond Enemy Lines 2, Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Definitive Edition, Mortal Shell, Gleamlight, Stones of the Revenant, Norman’s Great Illusion, PGA TOUR 2K21 Digital Deluxe, and Dungeon Scavenger.

Matt Gander

Matt is Games Asylum's most prolific writer, having produced a non-stop stream of articles since 2001. A retro collector and bargain hunter, his knowledge has been found in the pages of tree-based publication Retro Gamer.

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