Ubisoft have postponed their open world extreme sports game Riders Republic to later this year, deciding that they need more time to deliver the best game they can.
Originally planned for release in February, the delay is rather late in the day, and there’s new target date announced beyond “later this year”. Riders Republic will be coming to PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC and Stadia.
The statement reads:
In September, we gave you a first look at our massive multiplayer playground in Riders Republic. We promised an action-packed outdoor sports park, filled with all-out mass races with more than 50 fellow riders on next-gen consoles, a variety of diverse activities and insane stunts. We can’t wait to have you traverse our vibrant world and live out your own rider’s fantasy.
Today, we want to let you know that we have made the decision to move our release to later this year. This additional time will allow our passionate team to deliver the best fun fuelled experience to our players.
Thank you so much for your support and understanding. Stay safe and get ready to join the madness of Riders Republic soon!
Riders Republic was announced back in September 2020, as a spiritual successor to Ubisoft Annecy’s previous game, Steep.
The game is all about creating a huge free roam world for you to play around in, mashing together iconic American national parks including Bryce Canyon, Yosemite Valley, Sequoia Park, Zion, Canyonlands, Mammoth Mountain and Grand Teton.
You’ll be able to take on a number of different modes of transport, from wingsuit-gliding, to snowboarding on the peaks, dirt biking through the canyons, and more. That will all be wrapped up in downhill races, team competitions online, or simply massive 50-player PvP races.
On the new platforms, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, the game will run at 60FPS while simultaneously displaying 50 players on screen.
Looking back at Steep, Jim gave the game a respectable 7/10 before Ubisoft Annecy threw more and more content into the game over the following years. Our Steep review said:
“The game works best in how it empowers you to toggle between idle exploration and obsessive score chasing whenever it suits you. However, as time drags on, if that drive to make headway begins to wane, there’s little else to keep players hooked. Then, of course, there’s the ridiculous online-only policy that is bound to frustrate, adding a completely expendable layer to the year’s best winter sports game.”