Ubisoft Announces New Action Sports MMO With February Release Date

While there are many of us that like to participate in mountain and action sports in real life, some of us also like to participate in those same sports from the comfort of a couch or office chair. In fact, there may be some folks out there that only want to experience these sports from home, which is fine, too. In either case, a new game from Ubisoft should fit the bill.

Announced during the digital press conference, Ubisoft Forward, the brand new action and mountain sports-themed M.M.O Riders Republic will be heading to just about every game system available on February 25th, 2021. This includes Both PlayStation4 & PlayStation5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X, Stadia, and PC via the Ubisoft Store, the UPLAY+, and the Epic Games Store.

In this game, players will have the chance to ski, snowboard, bike, and wingsuit their way through some very realistically crafted, gaming versions of some of the top outdoor venues around, including Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain, and Grand Teton.

"Riders Republic is a way for us to bring players to places that sometimes aren’t accessible to everyone. The U.S. National Parks are among the most enjoyable places in the world to visit and we wanted to make sure that when players are there in-game, it feels like they’re really there. How do we approach that? We have a concept team –made up of people from the world team and people from the art team – who were sent on an exploration trip discovering places, the mood, ambiance, the people, the iconic vistas, the stories, etc. We started with a lot of references from the places, working with athletes and researchers to make sure we can gather as many references as possible to be a truly immersive experience. Then, we used technology that allows us to create terrain based on GPS data from the National Parks." - Arnaud Ragot, Director at Ubisoft Annecy

Not only will a player be able to visit all of these great locations from around the United States, but that player also doesn't have to do it alone. This game has a large focus on social interaction, allowing for cooperative or competitive play with up to 50 players at a time on the next-gen consoles. This also includes the opportunity for mass start races, almost too perfect for anyone who gets a little nostalgic for the "Chinese Downhill" sequence from Hot Dog...The Movie.

"When we decided to go all-in on the social experience, we said, “OK, how many players can we put in here? We got more than 50 players and decided to go downhill together, and it was such a blast. It was such a “wow” moment, and one of those things you haven’t seen in many games before. Then we had to look for an activity based on this massive social experiment, and actually, there are already some real-world examples. There are ski and mountain-bike competitions where there are hundreds of riders starting from the same position, racing downhill with a lot of speed in order to be first in the end. We took this inspiration and we worked from that, but it was such a fun and memorable experience." - Arnaud Ragot, Director at Ubisoft Annecy

If you're looking to take your skiing, riding, or flying ways inside, or just looking for a way to kill some time before the next season of your sport of choice, this might be the answer. As stated above, the game will debut on February 25th, 2021. For more information about Riders Republic, please head to the Ubisoft website dedicated to the game at https://www.ubisoft.com/en-us/game/riders-republic and check out the game's trailer below.

Photo Credit: Ubisoft/Riders Republic Game/FB


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