Italian developer Milestone have given a first glimpse of Ride 4, the latest game in their homegrown motorbike sim series. The game will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on 8th October 2020.
Announced at the end of 2019, there was little to know about the game at that time except that it, well, existed. Now Milestone have shown us some in-engine footage and revealed details of what the game will offer.
Ride 4 aims to build upon the last game in the series, taking its visual fidelity on current gen systems even further by taking the original CAD files and 3D scans of real bikes to recreate all of the bikes in the game from the ground up. This includes reproductions of the cockpit of each bike for those who like to ride in first person view. Further to that, they’ve continued to lean on laser and drone scanning to capture the environments for the tracks featured in the game.
Taking those bikes to the races, you’ll find a new Endurance mode, which allows Milestone to show off the new dynamic lighting and weather conditions featured in the game, as well as adding in pit stops for tyres and fuel management.
That will no doubt feature within the overhauled career mode, where you can chart your own path through a selection of local and international leagues. The game will tap into some of the technologies developed for Milestones other franchises, such as Neural Network AI to try and make your opponents more competitive, and dedicated servers for when you head online.
Ride 4 also sees Milestone kick off a partnership with Yamaha Motor and Bridgestone. It’s not entirely clear how that partnership will feature in game, as they could be sharing their wealth of experience with bike physics and tyre modelling, but you can at least expect that Yamaha bikes and tyres with Bridgestone branding.
Hopefully this will be a big step forward for the series, as Ride 3 felt like a game trapped between Milestones ambitions and the huge number of games they churn out. In our Ride 3 review, Tom wrote:
On paper Ride 3 offers a lot of variety both in terms of quantity of bikes and track options. It’s possibly the most refined Milestone game to date and you could spend 20 hours playing through the career and have a perfectly acceptable experience, but you’ll be left wanting more. It does little to innovate or move the genre forward. In many ways, Ride 3 is like eating a 14 piece KFC bargain bucket all to yourself. Initially it’s satisfying and feels like great value for money, but about halfway through, indigestion starts to make you question why you didn’t just get a Zinger burger instead. Sometimes, less is more.
Source: press release