Riders Republic hopes to get off the mark later this year, after a couple of false starts and release date crash-outs.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Ubisoft’s best open-world game isn’t from any of the series you’d expect. It’s not anything from Watch Dogs or Far Cry or Assassin’s Creed or any of the Tom Clancy games; it’s Steep, the open-world snowsports game from Ubisoft Annecy, in the foothills of the French Alps.
All of the stuff that’s a bit annoying, comma, overwhelming in a story-driven game makes perfect sense in Steep. All of those map markers? Your piste map. Eagle Vision? Just binoculars. Fast travel? Nah, mate – heliskiing. Steep is pretty much flawless as an open world, and it’s a brilliant extreme sports game, too. (And we’re still upset we never got to play it in the mountains on Nintendo Switch.)
But hopefully, we’ll get to stop banging on about Steep soon, because its successor – Riders Republic – is almost here.
Originally slated for release in early 2021 (first, February, then April, then delayed until further notice) the Riders Republic release date was penciled back into calendars during the Ubisoft Forward E3 2021 press conference. It will now release on September 2, 2021. (And as we all know, once it’s in an E3 presentation trailer, it’s basically set in stone, right? Right?)
It feels more like an extreme sports battle royale than the mountain resort vibe, so maybe Riders Republic won’t quite take Steep’s crown. But it does still look like a heap of fun.
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