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.
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.