Ubisoft Reveals Riders Republic, a Multiplayer Extreme Sports Sandbox

Ubisoft Reveals Riders Republic, a Multiplayer Extreme Sports Sandbox

Totally radical, broseph.

Closing out today's Ubisoft Forward today was a new game that seemed suspiciously familiar. Riders Republic is a new "massive multiplayer playground" developed by Ubisoft's Annecy studio, where over 50 players can compete with each other in various extreme sports events.

You'd be forgiven if this stirred up some memories of Steep for you. Much like Ubisoft's previous extreme sports venture, Riders Republic mixes a lot of different speed-focused, dangerous ways of exploring and speeding through an open world. Mountain bikes, wingsuits, snowboards, skis, and even jet-packs make an appearance.

Ubisoft promises trick battles and mass-start races, where you have to race a bunch of players to be first to the finish line. It's also very much in one of Ubisoft's modern styles that's been seen in games like Watch Dogs Legion or Far Cry New Dawn: lots of bright, vibrant colors and attitude.

With over 50 players in massive races and community jams to compete in, as well as six-versus-six team battles, it seems like there will be a lot of ways to compete in Riders Republic. It seems like a spiritual successor and more fleshed-out version of Steep, but for a next-gen showcase, that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Riders Republic is currently set for a Feb. 25, 2021 release date on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Google Stadia, and PC. Ubisoft has also confirmed that PS4 and Xbox One purchasers can upgrade to the next-gen version at no additional cost.

As part of a larger reckoning with sexual harassment and misconduct within the industry, Ubisoft has been the focus of numerous allegations. Those allegations include sexual assault and predatory behavior, and have led to a public response from Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot promising to make "fundamental changes" to the publisher's culture and working practices. Guillemot has also been accused of fostering that culture within the publisher, and knowingly allowing those responsible to remain in positions of power. Ahead of today's Ubisoft Forward stream, he released a recorded statement on the matter.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail was fired from Ubisoft Montreal following allegations of manipulative behavior. Two Ubisoft vice presidents, Tommy François and Maxime Béland, both left the company following numerous allegations of misconduct and abusive behavior. Both were members of the Editorial Department, an advisory group for every Ubisoft title. Watch Dogs Legion brand marketing manager Andrien Gbinigie was accused of sexual assault and his position at the publisher is currently unknown. There are also further investigations involving misconduct happening within Ubisoft, with Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoet, Ubisoft Montreal CEO Yannis Mallat, and Global Head of HR Cecile Cornet all resigning.

While Ubisoft's games were developed by large multinational teams, it's worth noting these issues and the impact they've had on developers at those studios. Especially in regards to abuse from executive level employees.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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