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CREATED OCT.07.2011
UPDATED OCT.07.2011
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MARTIN NIELSEN
HYPE - TIME QUEST
IT CAME AND WENT, BUT THE OFFICIAL GAME NEVER ARRIVED (FOR THE N64 THAT IS)
DEVELOPER UBI SOFT (MONTREAL)
PUBLISHER UBI SOFT
GAME TYPE ADVENTURE
PLAYERS 1 - 4
MULTIPLAYER TYPE SIMULTANEOUS
ROM SIZE UNKNOWN
COMPLETENESS UNKNOWN

Early 1998 Ubi Soft announced that they would bring the world of Playmobil to the Nintendo64, and other video game consoles of that era, as they had acquired the license from Playmobil. The first game for the N64 would be Hype - Time Quest. Ubi Soft announced that Hype would be released in Europe, in limited quantities - whatever that meant sometime late 1998. A few months later an announcement was made that Hype also would reach the American market.

However time passed and Hype slipped past 1998 with no further announcements or the like.

In February 1999 the website "IGN" once again mentioned Hype as one of the most promising titles in line for Nintendo64 owners, but also noted that they had yet to see a running Nintendo64 version, probably a very good reason as to why no screenshots or videos had been released.

Hype was in development for the PC though and this version was released in 1999, with Ubi Soft commenting that the N64 version would be just as visually great as the PC counterpart.

Featuring 13 levels of puzzles and sword fighting, Hype would play much like Zelda, with the main difference being that it was targeted at a younger audience.

While 1999 still didn't show much sign of a Nintendo64 version of Hype, owners of the PlayStation 2 got a ported PC version in 2000. The Nintendo64 version was then pushed to December 2000.

As far as I've been able to find, or the lack there of, Ubi Soft never officially cancelled Hype - Time Quest for the Nintendo64 and as no magazine seems to have reviewed an actual N64 version of the game, one can only wonder if the N64 version ever really existed.

I did however find the video above here on an old CD that came with a danish N64 magazine. I knew I had the disc with the video but was pretty sure it was just a video from the PC counterpart, but this sure looks like N64 to me. The CD also included some high-res screenshots, to the content on the CD could've been from a presskit released at E3 in 1998.

Also, I've attempted to contact a few Ubi Soft employees in hope for some sort of non-official reason why the game never made it, but my mails have gone unanswered.

As a side note I'd better mention that Hype also was planned for the Dreamcast, for an early 2001 release, but by the looks of it, this version went unreleased as well.

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