Ubisoft Annecy did not go far from what they did with STEEP (which sports game’s development was also handled mainly by them).
„Live out the rider’s fantasy as you roam free in a huge, vibrant open world, always buzzing with other players around you. Immerse yourself in iconic American national parks including Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain and Grand Teton … all mashed up for you to shred! The American National Parks have all been faithfully transposed and mashed up together to create the most unique and lively playground. Squad up with your friends and compete in a wide range of multiplayer modes: feel the rush of downhill races, dominate maps in team vs team competitions, or give it your best shot in epic mass player-versus-player races with more than 50 other players. Gather in a vibrant social hub and meet a wild community of fellow riders.
Enjoy a full-fledged multiplayer experience with a wide variety of modes: Competitive Races and Trick Challenges – Playable in player-versus-player / cooperative / solo. Mass Starts – Frantic 50-plus player races where nothing is off-limits. Community Jams – Wild 50-plus player events which randomly pop up on the map. Multiplayer Arenas – Six-versus-six team player-versus-player matchups. Online Cups – For the very best only, make your way up the leaderboard.
[…] Create and shape your rider through evolutive, progression-based gear and define every aspect of your avatar. Whether you want to be the best snowboarder alive or the fastest thing on two wheels, everything is possible. Make a name for yourself in a variety of sports, rise to the top of the leaderboard in career mode and sign with legendary sponsors from a wide range of outdoor action sports.
[…] Riders Republic will run at 60 frames per second on next-generation consoles and display more than 50 players simultaneously live on screen. With the game’s very intuitive character and camera control combined with an innovative trick system, all players, casual and hardcore, will have the chance to experience untapped joy from the very beginning,” Ubisoft’s press release says. We think the current-gen consoles will see either fewer players or only thirty frames per second frame rate. The game will also feature a mentor called Brett Nale.
If you pre-order the game, you will receive the Bunny Pack (a custom bunny outfit, an additional blue bunny head, and rainbow snowboard paint). Riders Republic will be available in a Gold and an Ultimate Edition as well, and we wouldn’t rule out a Collectors’ Edition. „The Gold Edition includes the base game and the Year 1 Pass, including exotic kits that allow players to modify gameplay in the form of gear upgrades throughout the year, the BMX Sport add-on as well as exclusive content added after launch. Ultimate Edition includes the Year 1 Pass and four exclusive cosmetic packs: Cosmic, Rainbow, Neon and Skull’n Style. Players will also enjoy 20 helicopter tickets to reach their favourite summits faster than ever,” Ubisoft adds. Wait… do you mean that the fast travel will cost money? What’s this helicopter ticket thing again…? Time to get the wingsuit out.
Riders Republic will launch on February 25 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC (UPlay, Epic Games Store, and we believe it will also be riddled with Denuvo DRM, even though it’s an MMO), Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The PlayStation 4 > PlayStation 5, Xbox One > Xbox Series upgrade will be free. The name of the game doesn’t seem to fit. The term rider hints at a vehicle, not a snowboard, for example… and the game’s developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, Ubisoft Belgrade, Ubisoft Pune, Ubisoft Berlin, Ubisoft Kyiv, and Ubisoft Odessa as well.
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