During its Ubisoft Forward stream, the company announced a new extreme sports game from the studio that made Steep. It’s called Riders Republic, and it’s coming on February 25, 2021 to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Google Stadia.
The game from Ubisoft Annecy takes the downhill experience of Steep and applies it to a wide range of sports: biking, skiing, snowboarding, wing suiting, and rocket wing suiting. A career mode has you build up your reputation across a variety of sports and win over sponsors to unlock new gear.
You’ll be awarded for pulling off risky tricks in competitive races and trick challenges against other riders. It will include 6v6 PvP matches, online cups with leaderboards, and large-scale “Mass Starts” with 50 players all trying to make it to the finish first–and without colliding with one another. In some races you’ll also be switching between different vehicle types mid-race, creative director Igor Manceau told GameSpot.
For the setting, Ubisoft settled on American national parks for its variety of settings and weather and environment types. Those include Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain, and Grand Teton.
The studio promises 60 FPS on next-gen consoles. Purchasing the PS4 or Xbox One version will grant you access to the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions, respectively.
A Gold Edition will grant you a Year 1 pass with exotic kits and gear upgrades, while an Ultimate Edition will also give you four exclusive cosmetic parks: Cosmic, Rainbow, Neon, and Skull’n Style. Pre-ordering any version will grant you a Bunny Pack with a custom outfit and snowboard paint.