Steep Gets a Sequel In All But Name

Ubisoft closed out their virtual presentation with the reveal of Riders Republic, a new multiplayer extreme sports game from the Steep developers.

Remember Steep? You should, because it was a surprisingly addictive Winter sports game (combining Skis, Snowboarding, and wing-gliding). Well, it’s not coming back, at least not in the way we know it. Instead, we’re getting a new game called Riders Republic:

Developed by Ubisoft Annecy, Riders Republic invites players to an exhilarating social playground, where they can experience the thrill of extreme sports in an open and densely populated world. Players will connect, compete and slay tricks through an exciting range of sports such as biking, skiing, snowboarding, wing suiting and rocket wing suiting. Whenever players explore or gather in the vibrant social hub, they will always find themselves surrounded by fellow riders.

From arid canyons to snowy mountains, Riders Republic allows players to ride through some of the most magnificent destinations on earth. The American National Parks, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain and Grand Teton have been faithfully recreated and imaginatively mashed together to create the liveliest sports park.

Players can squad up with or against friends in these insane multiplayer modes:

Competitive Races and Trick Challenges: Playable in PvP and solo, players will feel the rush during these races and challenges.
Mass Starts: Nothing is off-limits in these frantic races with more than 50 players***. Players will need to watch their blind spots and protect their position as they collide, grind and fight their way to the finish line.
Multiplayer Arenas: Dominate maps in 6v6 PvP matchups.
Online Cups: Made for the very best riders to show off and show out, ultimately making it to the top of the leaderboard.

The similarities to Steep are uncanny, even down to the overworld map system and X-Games inclusion. It adds in some more activities to play around with and some new features to play around with, which is exactly what you’d expect any sequel to do. So why go with an all new IP and branding?

Oh well! It still looks pretty awesome and as someone who loved Steep, I’m eager to get my hands on this one.

Riders Republic arrives on February 25, 2021 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, Stadia and Windows PC.