Extreme sports MMO, Ubisoft has unveiled Riders Republic, a “mass multiplayer outdoor extreme sports game” and something of a spiritual successor to its under-appreciated winter sports affair Steep.
As in that game, Riders Republic is focussed on extreme sporting action across a vast open-world, but while Steep limited itself to snow-covered mountains and other frosty locales, Ubisoft’s latest effort features a wide range of terrain.
Riders Republic’s world draws from seven different US national parks Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain, and Grand Teton – taking actual GPS data and stitching each iconic area together in a way that supposedly feels natural.
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It looks quite a bit like 2016’s Steep, in that there’s a big open world to both explore and race through, either alone or with friends and strangers though Riders Republic has a much more goofy and colorful vibe. Spectacular wipeouts seem to be just as much of a draw as coming in first.
The world of Riders Republic is a mash-up of United States national parks, like Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Mammoth Mountain, and more. As you level up through career mode you’ll unlock new gear and costumes, Extreme sports MMO, and there will be social hubs where you can show off your duds and join up with “more than 50 players simultaneously.”
The studio that’s working on Riders Republic is Ubisoft Annecy. That’s the same development team that gave us 2016’s Steep. While not a direct sequel, Riders Republic builds on many of the ideas the studio explored with Steep. As you play the game, you’ll also be able to get new equipment for your character and compete in X Games-style competitions.
You’ll be able to play Riders Republic on February 25th, 2021 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Stadia and PC where the game will be available through the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft’s UPlay storefront.