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Riders Republic, Ubisoft’s New IP, Looks Like a Cross Between Trials and Steep

Riders Republic

During last night’s Ubisoft Forward presentation, Ubisoft revealed a brand new title: Riders Republic.

Dubbed a “massive multiplayer playground”, Riders Republic is an open world filled with a range of extreme sports. Want to snowboard? You can do that. Fancy taking to the skies in a rocket-powered wingsuit? You can do that too. Or how about cycle down a craggy mountain, Trials style? Sure, you can do that too. And in first person view, if you dare.

It’s being developed by Ubisoft Annecy, the team behind Steep, so its extreme sports slant should come as no surprise. It feels like the next generation of Steep in fact, combining winter sports with other types of activities to make for a bigger playground.

You can tackle Riders Republic by yourself if you wish, but it’s designed to be played with friends. You can compete in a range of multiplayer events, be it team versus team or player versus player in huge races comprising up to 50 other players

There’s a huge range of locations in the game too; you’ll find iconic American National Parks here including Yosemite, Sequoia, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Mammoth Mountain and more. Rather than just jumping in and enjoying random events, you’ll create your own character who’ll evolve through a career that encompasses a variety of sports. As you progress, you’ll sign with sponsors, take part in numerous events, and rise to the top of the leaderboards.

Set to release on 25 February 2021, Riders Republic will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, PS4, PS5, PC and Stadia. On next generation consoles, players will be able to experience 60 FPS performance along with other enhancements to make full use of the hardware.

Give the trailer a watch below. Needless to say, if you’ve ever enjoyed a Trials game or racing down a mountain in Steep, this is one to watch.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.