Even as it looks a lot like Steep, Ubisoft's newly revealed extreme sports multiplayer game is Riders Republic, featuring a multitude of different sports and ways to play. The game is scheduled for early next year, February 25, on virtually all platforms, including Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Stadia, and PC via the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store.
Riders Republic gives players the opportunity to race and socialize across five types of extreme sports at launch: biking, skiing, snowboarding, wing suiting and rocket wing suiting. That's a somewhat different offering of sports than 2016's Steep, but it still seems close enough to consider this Steep 2, so it's interesting to see the team go with a new name for this pseudo-sequel. You can see the game in action below.
The game takes place across several US National Parks, spanning different states and climates including Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain and Grand Teton. Game modes include tournaments to things reminiscent of massive hit Fall Guys.
Many events can be played in solo or PvP, such as competitive races and trick challenges, while Mass Starts give players a 50-person sprawl to battle downhill. Online Cups and 6v6 modes round out the game modes at launch, and Riders Republic is expected to grow over time through post-launch support. On next-gen consoles, it will run at 60 FPS.
Riders Republic will also offer fully customizable characters, a career mode, and a Year 1 Pass which can be pre-ordered with the game's Gold or Ultimate Editions. It descends into stores physical and digital on February 25, 2021.