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Hyper Jam: New Arena Brawler Comes to PS4 February 12

Get first details on this high-energy fighter developed by Australian developer Bit Dragon.

Roman Maksymyschyn's Avatar Posted by Director, Bit Dragon

Hey everyone! My name is Roman, an indie developer from Australia, and after years of hard but rewarding work, I am extremely excited to announce our studio’s very first title Hyper Jam will be launching on PS4 on February 12!

For those of you who don’t know, Hyper Jam is a fast-paced arena brawler with a killer synthwave soundtrack and a dynamic perk drafting system that makes each match different from the last.

We are only a small team, but for the past few years we’ve been putting everything we’ve got into transforming Hyper Jam from a humble prototype into a fully fledged game (with online multiplayer!).

Hyper Jam is a wild mix that draws inspiration from many places, particularly fighting games and roguelites. We’ve spent a lot of time designing the game in such a way that it’s intuitive and fun for new or casual players, while still having lots of mechanical depth for players to discover in the long term. We’re very proud of how it’s turned out!

One of my favorite mechanics is deflecting projectiles back at your opponent using the parry ability. Although parrying is a great defensive option, timing is essential — if you mistime you’ll be vulnerable! This makes for an interesting mind game. Sometimes, it can be better to bait your opponent into trying a parry, then punish the recovery instead of going for an immediate attack.

Perk drafting is another central mechanic in Hyper Jam. After every round, each player chooses a new perk that will stay with them for the rest of the match, stacking and combining with their existing perks to create stronger effects. Certain perks synergize better than others, and it’s a lot of fun to try out different strategies.

And since it’s a draft, whoever’s coming in last gets first pick of the perks available for that round, leaving the leading player to make do with whatever’s left.

The different combinations of perks that players end up with results in many different (and often hilarious) scenarios, guaranteeing a unique experience every time you play. We truly look forward to seeing the different perk combinations and play styles you are able to come up with once the game is out!

Our team still loves playing the game despite having worked on it for years, and we hope Hyper Jam can be a staple in your library for years to come as well. See you February 12. Thanks for reading!

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GaMeR_bOi_83 said:

January 7th, 7:24 am

The trailer said online cross play. With who?

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    Roman Maksymyschyn said:

    January 7th, 8:22 am

    In the PS4 version of Hyper Jam, you will encounter other PS4 players and PC players in online matchmaking.
    Of course if you would prefer, there is also an option to turn cross-platform matchmaking off!

Infinite_rar said:

January 7th, 8:00 am

Alright, I’m hearing Carpenter Brut…or at least what sounds like sampling of Carpenter Brut. Who’s doing the music for this?

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    Roman Maksymyschyn said:

    January 7th, 8:24 am

    You’re absolutely right, the song in the trailer is Paradise Warfare by Carpenter Brut!
    There are a multitude of other synthwave artists who feature in the game’s soundtrack too, including more Carpenter Brut, Dance with the Dead, Meteor, Electric Dragon, Vulta and Cloud Battalion!

AlanScrotes said:

January 7th, 8:04 am

Please tell me there is local multiplayer! My friends and I have a Game Night every month and would love to add this game to our rotation of Crawl, Towerfall, Nidhogg, Tricky Towers, Speedrunners, etc.

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    Roman Maksymyschyn said:

    January 7th, 8:25 am

    Indeed there is, you can play Hyper Jam with up to 4 players online or offline, and can fill any empty slots with AI Bots!

GourmetPain said:

January 7th, 10:53 am

I have a question
there are no new games to ps now this month or what

jarjarace23 said:

January 7th, 11:24 am

Wow… Interesting

cusman said:

January 7th, 4:43 pm

I am sold on this. Why can’t I find it on the PSN Store to pre-order / purchase yet?

    simsnet said:

    January 9th, 7:24 pm

    It releases on Feb 12.

Axecution said:

January 7th, 6:51 pm

This looks right up my alley !
Day 1 for me !

I know you def can’t talk about this on here but just know that a Switch version would be amazing <3

LoatheMe396 said:

January 7th, 8:03 pm

wow definitely gonna try this out love arena brawlers

BlindSeraph said:

January 7th, 9:09 pm

this looks awesome. when can i give you my money?

paulogy said:

January 8th, 9:59 am

I’m loving the style of this game! Looking forward to trying it out :-)

geauxWave said:

January 10th, 2:06 am

Looks fun! Any plans for a physical release?

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    Roman Maksymyschyn said:

    January 15th, 8:43 pm

    Thanks!

    No plans for a physical release at this stage, but maybe one day haha

AvSteve159 said:

January 10th, 5:06 am

Not gonna lie this looks really cool I do however feel like a jerk for saying it depends on how much the price is

cristonian said:

January 10th, 7:03 am

Couch co-op? or any plans to add it? looks like a great game for me and my wife!

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    Roman Maksymyschyn said:

    January 15th, 8:49 pm

    Hyper Jam supports up to 4 local players and AI bots, but no explicit ‘co-op’ modes yet.

    That being said, can definitely team up and take out the bots first, but will have to turn on each other eventually since there can only be one winner :)

SpacetimeRunner said:

January 10th, 3:03 pm

Looks like your team has crafted a solid arena brawler formula–the gameplay looks great! Not sure I’ve seen a top-down arena fighter game look so stylish

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