Video: New Ubisoft Video Game Lets You Ride Red Bull Rampage

Sep 15, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

Mountain bike video games have a pretty patchy history with some notable highs being Downhill Domination, Descenders and Shred 2 and some notable lows being... pretty much everything else. While skateboarding got Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, snowboarding got SSX and BMX got Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX, mountain biking has been left by the wayside with no big developers really stepping up to the plate to make an mtb game, until now.


Riders Republic (sic) is a new video game from Ubisoft that pits action sports fans against each other in a mass multiplayer experience. Players can choose to ride snowboards, skis, wingsuits, road bikes, or, most interestingly to us, slopestyle and downhill mountain bikes.

From what we can gather, this isn't going to be a hyper-realistic sim game but a cartoony, fun experience that allows you to compete between disciplines. There is an element of realism though that comes from being able to ride licensed bikes from brands including Commencal, YT, Santa Cruz, and Specialized, and the ability to ride real events and locations such as Red Bull Rampage and Mammoth Mountain. In fact, you can ride at seven US National Parks in total: Mammoth Mountain, Yosemite, Grand Teton, Sequoia Park, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Canyonland.


The Red Bull Rampage section of the trailer hints at a first person mode

There's a solo play career mode where you can climb through the ranks to become a pro or there will also be online modes that include the following competitions:

- Competitions: Competitive races and trick challenges playable in PvP
- Mass Starts: 50+ player races where nothing is off limits
- Multiplayer Team Modes: 6v6 team PvP matchups
- Community Jams: 50+ player events which randomly pop up on the map
- Online Cups: The ranked multiplayer progression of the game, where you can make your way up the leaderboard


The game will be released on February 25 2021 on Playstation 5, Playstation 4, X Box Series X, X Box One, PC and Stadia but it can be pre-ordered now. More info, here.

Press Release: Ubisoft

ABOUT RIDERS REPUBLIC

Live out the rider's fantasy as you roam free in a huge, vibrant open world, always buzzing with other players around you. Immerse yourself in iconic American national parks including Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Mammoth Mountain... all mashed up for you to shred! Squad up with your friends and compete in a wide range of multiplayer modes: feel the rush of downhill races, dominate maps in team vs team competitions, or give it your best shot in epic mass PvP races with more than 50 other players.

Key Features:

JUMP INTO A MASS SOCIAL PLAYGROUND

From snowy mountains to arid canyons, 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 all been faithfully transposed and mashed up together to create the most unique and lively playground. Gather in a vibrant social hub and meet a wild community of fellow riders.

MANAGE YOUR CAREER AND MAKE IT TO THE TOP OF THE LADDER

Create and shape your own rider through evolutive, progression-based gear and define every aspect of your avatar. Whether you want to be the best snowboarder alive or the fastest thing on two wheels, everything is possible. Make a name for yourself in a variety of sports, rise to the top of the leaderboard in career mode and sign with legendary sponsors from a wide range of outdoor action sports.

MAKE THE MOST OF NEXT GEN GAMEPLAY

Riders Republic will run at 60 FPS on next gen consoles and display more than 50 players simultaneously live on screen. With the game’s very intuitive character and camera control combined with an innovative trick system, all players, casual and hardcore, will have the chance to experience untapped joy from the very beginning.



114 Comments

  • 130 5
 I want to know more about the road bike mode? Can it replicate the thrill of grinding away up a massive hill, desperately pressing on the lever looking for that one extra easier gear? How about riding in a group of 50-60yr old men, dodging their snot rockets, while they talk about caravans?
  • 30 0
 No. That's what Zwift is for. Now, if I could hook this Rampage mode up to my Wahoo...
  • 3 0
 If it doesn't connect to this, I ain't interested. www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DseC78ShNc&ab_channel=Bowflex
  • 2 0
 @thustlewhumber: 2 water bottles!!? I’m sold.
  • 1 0
 From what I've seen, it involves riding a fixie across a canyon. On a slack line.
  • 52 8
 We need a battle royale in this. everyone has to do rampage runs, if you crash you're out. repeat until one guy left. than fortnite dance on tiktok
  • 39 6
 Pls go away ????
  • 4 1
 I got it! Seems fitting because rampage is in the US, buuuut, Rampage Battle Royal with Guns. What do you think?
  • 12 0
 I can't stop hearing the Twisted Metal soundtrack...
  • 1 0
 Squad up?
  • 2 0
 @oragy: I'm down if you wanna join my R6 squad. PSN is YaBoiZiggiy69
  • 3 1
 @DaFreerider44: Dude. I wish I had a PS4. Would definitely play some R6
  • 1 0
 @DaFreerider44: noice, more mountainbikers loving R6 Smile
  • 33 0
 I'm not interested, if i cant build a 20lbs downcountry bike and brag about in in the parking lot.
  • 27 3
 Just wait til the release to see the downgrade
  • 6 0
 Ubisoft? You mean Poobisoft!
  • 3 0
 @LindLTaylor: You mean Glitchosoft
  • 20 0
 I am 49

though I can´t play the 50+player events?

damnit
  • 20 3
 I stopped watching it after seeing the stupid Tik Tok dancing.....
  • 3 1
 that's what drew me in. I can't wait to dance along side my character!
  • 15 3
 Its seems really cheesy. Like borderlands, motocross madness and fortnite banged then this came out. Step it up ubisoft! I want all the world cup tracks, athletes and bikes to be legit. Racing for points and the the overall.
  • 9 3
 ubisoft made a game called steep, that is really good, so i personally think it should be fantastic.
  • 8 1
 @ajaypate1: this seems like them trying to expand on Steep which is really fun, but i agree i'd like something a liiiittle more realistic
  • 2 0
 @laxguy: i totally agree, this mechcanics compared to real life in steep and this game are not realistic, but i like that with the mechaanics in steep. looking forward to the game though!
  • 2 0
 @ajaypate1: I also like the r6 charm. Works well with the 416 black ice
  • 1 0
 @ajaypate1: I forgot about that game. Off to find a CDkey for it.
  • 15 0
 Not Zwift compatible?
  • 17 6
 Downhill Domination is still the king of Mountain Bike games. Those realistic games just don't feel right.

Also is that POV camera mounted on the characters dick or what?
  • 1 0
 Flasche 3 for life 3
  • 1 0
 Second three should have been a heart ^^
  • 7 0
 Does your dick come out of your chest? You should have that looked at.
  • 2 0
 @Pedro404:maybe he have a boner?
  • 1 0
 about what realistic mtb games are you talking? I don't know a single one, but I would like to learn more
  • 1 1
 @derechtefux: Realistic as in you don't go round throwin sticks in other peoples wheels
  • 1 0
 Dong Cam.
  • 13 1
 A "vibrant social hub". Yeah okay.

Also looks terrible IMO.
  • 10 0
 Pinkbike Comments Simulator. I'd buy that.
  • 5 0
 @slovenian6474: absolutely , but only if they include AI generated hot takes from WIKI
  • 7 0
 Looks like they basically added bikes to Steep.

Not a bad idea, but did the physics just look totally "off" to everyone else watching the trailer?

I don't mind if they want to do an over-the-top, silly MTB game - but if you can't make the physics make me think "WTF?" I a trailer, I'm not super-hopeful.

To be clear, I'm not asking for a 100% accurate simulation of mountain biking. But in Steep for example, you can do things no human could ever do in real-life, but it feels like they more or less got the physics right. A realistic-if-inflated simulation of skiing and snowboarding.

Watching that horde of mountain bikers go down the mountain didn't feel that way at all. It felt like there was no kind of simulation of the way mountain biking's physics work in the real world at all.

Bummer, because this could be a fun waste of time.
  • 2 0
 Considering its the same developer as steep, I imagine it'll be a pretty similar feel regarding physics
  • 5 1
 There are a few pretty cool mtb games. One is called "Descenders" and looks kind of like this, without all the branding. The second modern one I know of it "Lonely Mountains Downhill" it has a bit of a different approach to the genre, but imo it's the better game. Let's hope this will not be as bad as "Steep".
  • 3 0
 steep was a nice game
  • 4 0
 I thought Steep was pretty neat! This clearly has influence from steep
  • 6 1
 I think I downloaded Steep for free, played it twice then deleted it. This game looks like I'll buy it for $65 play it 5 times then delete it and wish I bought a tire or shorts instead.
  • 2 0
 The problem I had with steep, was, that it didn't have anything for players to return to. It was a game, that you play for few hours, say "that's kinda cool" and never return to it again. For that kinda money, that's pretty bad.
  • 2 0
 yeah, Lonely Mountains is actually a really good skill game, far from the bro attitude of most xtreme sports simulator.
  • 2 1
 @adrennan: it's not influence, its the same developer, its literally their next project.
  • 4 0
 Man there's some real Buzzy McKillertons in the comments here. Clearly this game is an outlandish shred fest for anything that goes down mountains in some regard. If you think it's too expensive, wait a year and pay half price. It looks fun and entertaining. The first thing I thought of was ESPN Extreme Games!
  • 7 0
 That... doesn't look right. But I'll probably end up buying it anyway.
  • 1 0
 Need a new game for my phone, not console.
  • 7 0
 Does it provide ‘get robbed’ mode?
  • 6 0
 Only if you play as Brendog
  • 7 1
 "Poach 7 iconic bike-illegal National Parks on mountain bikes!"
  • 6 0
 Got excited then read the comments and felt cynical about it.
  • 4 0
 Fuck the comments section.
  • 3 0
 We wanted a mtb video game for so long and now it's finally here and all people do is bitch about details that don't really matter. I can't wait for this game to come out and play it when the weather is bad outside. cheers!
  • 2 0
 I’m super hyped for this! I loved Steep - I never played much if the story/missions as they were all a bit too ‘try hard to be rad’, but I’ve spend hours just cruising down the slopes and doing different runs.

It’s a belter of a game, but I was always wishing they’d bring bikes into it as they introduced different sports.

This has pretty much answered what I was hoping for! As long as you can skip all the challenges and rad crap, and still be able to just freeride the mountains on your own, then I’m sold! I guess I’ll have to buy a ps5 to play it on, but this is the one game that’s sold it to me so far!

Buzzing!
  • 3 1
 Ok, it's a little cheesy the start, but the gameplay and all the settings look superb, as do the GFX! I havent had a games console for about 15 years, but will for sure get one to play this with my kids!
  • 3 0
 Man if they would have made this a bit more serious and focused only on the mountain bike world it would have a lot of potential.
  • 1 0
 MXGP 2019 is probably the most realistic 2-wheel game available. The biggest issue with so many of these games is they try to make MTB into something it's not. We don't ride highways down 60º slopes. MXGP 2019 has a track called "Enduro Hillclimb" that's tight and dusty. It's a great example of what an MTB game COULD be.

Give us a realistic perception of speed, tight and twisty tracks on realistic slopes and that's it. Heck, if an MX game like MXGP with a "MTB Mode" would be fantastic!
  • 2 0
 The fine for riding a mountain bike in a National Park is $5000.

X Box X: $499
Rider's Republic $69
Huge Ass TV to play it on: $899

Hell, I'd have enough left over to buy a new bike!
  • 2 1
 Wow, I'm surprised at all the negative reactions here - I think this game looks great! Seems to combine the good parts of several other games, including some Fall Guys stuff, and even the flying from Anthem. I've played descenders, and while it's OK, it's too realistic. This game looks like it has a Tony Hawk vibe, which I'm all over.
  • 4 0
 The only way I have the balls to ride rampage
  • 5 0
 Reflex will never die
  • 1 0
 Reflex... Arena?
  • 2 1
 Looks more SSX than Steep. That short First Person section looked shit. The track looked 4ft wide, with little to no actual features. i think it needs less Fortnite and more Snowrunner.
  • 4 0
 Question is tho, can you get the grim donut on this game?
  • 2 0
 Seems super cheesy but it does seem more replayable than Tony Hawk 1&2 that I dropped $45 on and finished in 2 days. Won't be preordering it but it seems kinda fun
  • 1 0
 Not worth getting Tony Hawk? Or wait until it's massively reduced?
  • 1 0
 @Allen82: If you played the originals then you'll know exactly what you're getting and paying for. Pretty much exactly the same games, but with current-gen visuals. I think they've done a top-notch job with it and no regrets about dropping full price on it.

If you've not played the originals, then it's a great game but you could finish the main single-player challenges in a few days (bit longer if you have limited playing time and/or mediocre playing skills. I have both). Local and online multiplayer can give it a longer shelf life though.

That soundtrack though... worth every penny.
  • 1 0
 @DidNotSendIt: Played the originals.

Was looking forward to re-playing for nostalgia and like you said, the sound track.
  • 1 0
 @Allen82: the controls are exactly the same as the originals. It’s a TON of fun getting back in the groove. The soundtrack isn’t the same but it’s in the same vein, more hip hop on the new one but still fantastic.

Like @Didnotsendit says, you can polish off the main stories quickly. There are a lot of pro skaters you can do the campaign in which have slightly different special challenges, and create a skater is pretty well fleshed out. I’d say take your time playing it and just have fun.

No regrets buying it - just wished my friends had xboxes so I could play online with them, but cross-platform play is a rumored possibility. The servers are stable and I’ve played a bunch with people around the world with no issues. Create-a-park seems to be seriously reduced from prior versions and nobody is really putting out many levels that are good at the moment.
  • 1 0
 @Allen82: Millencolin, Fu Manchu and Anthrax & Public Enemy still on there. Soundtrack is pretty much fully intact as far as i can tell, with the addition of some new stuff.

The nostalgia is strong. And you get straight back into it within 3 seconds of rolling down the ramp of the warehouse.

Just don't forget that the PS4 controllers aren't wired like they were for PS1. So if you throw it across the room in frustration*, you gotta go fetch it back.


*There's the secret tape, there's the ramp to get to it, line myself up straight and... [taxi out of nowhere]
  • 1 1
 Also- a simulation riding game for PC/console would be cool, of course that'd be fun for us here... but c'mon, there's almost zero money to be made in that, all 43 of us who would buy it wouldn't make it worth the company's investment. There's a reason there's not many MTB video games as is, and a sim style one sure as hell isn't going to go like hot cakes. It's just too niche.

Although... to be fair, maybe the continued emergence of the "connected exercise bike" and the larger scale fitness culture (fitbits, garmins, etc.) could mean a larger audience to sell to. An MTB sim game which doubled as a piece of fitness equipment could amount to something, I guess. But then again, who wants to work up a sweat playing a game? Nah, pass me another beer instead, please.
  • 3 0
 Looks fun....Definitely not a fan of this "fortnite vibe" at all though.
  • 1 0
 Every time I have been to Bryce Canyon. I have looked down upon those trails with a fair amount of singletrack lust. This game looks sick AF.
  • 2 0
 I hope that's actually Cam McCaul narrating Red Bull and they didn't just get someone that sounds like him...
  • 1 0
 I would be interested to know the level of realism.

Like will you be able to get the YT in the North American release.

(I like YT by the way)
  • 2 0
 THANK THE LORD! I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS DAY FOR SO LONG! MY TWO PASSIONS! AHHHHH
  • 2 0
 i simply think that this is getting a bit too much...
  • 1 0
 The real question is can I throw bottle or punch other rider ingame to make them fall like in SSX/Downhill domination ?
  • 2 0
 Descenders is actually not a bad little game. Try it out on Steam.
  • 1 0
 I've been hurt by Ubisoft before. Getting The Crew vibes from this, but I'll wait for it to come out this time.
  • 2 0
 Looks, in the parlance of the '90s, "Radical" and "Extreme!"
  • 3 1
 What happens if I don't want to ride a Commencal?
  • 1 0
 Looking at the trailer, this game is probably not going to be as good as hyped, pick up Descenders instead.
  • 1 0
 As soon as I saw this article, I knew YT were going to be a part of the bike selection for the character...
  • 1 0
 A Red Bull Rampage section in VR would be cool. You could sit on your own bike and pretend you are there.
  • 2 0
 Shame ubisoft make shit loot games.
  • 1 0
 knowing ubisoft and their dodgy hitboxes you will land a jump perfectly and it'll be a case
  • 2 0
 At least somebody gets to ride rampage this year.
  • 1 0
 Looks like 90% stupid & 10% cool
  • 2 1
 This is obviously aimed at kids.
  • 3 3
 Lost me the moment the game features a 360 with no helmet. Way to show the kids how to ride. Urgh!
  • 1 0
 Is this the Covid turning Rampage into something virtual?
  • 1 0
 idk it looks kinda fun, ill try it.
  • 1 0
 Lol at the huck to flat at 3:21
  • 1 0
 Dayumn... looks like fun! But the voice-over was too cringe worthy...
  • 1 0
 Now all we need is a $30 whistler DLC
  • 1 0
 Maybe I will finally get a decent bike
  • 1 0
 Looks cool
  • 1 0
 Point break the game?
  • 1 2
 Garbage.
  • 1 4
 Useless!
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