As you can see, it is a chaotic multiplayer mayhem where players can choose between bikes, skis, snowboards and wingsuits, then participate in all kinds of races, trick races and other events. Apparently the gear (like the bikes themselves) will have its own stats, so you may have to work up to the best over the course of career mode, or pick the right one for whatever type of event you’re entering. Gamer cosmetics will also be available ̵
The game’s open maps are all based on seven current American national parks: Bryce Canyon, Canyonland, Grand Teton, Mammoth Mountain, Sequoia Park, Yosemite, and Zion. “The world is built from the assembly of real elevation maps of the regions of the United States at 1: 1 scale, but it is not an exact reproduction of every national park in the United States,” the official website reads in small print. “We have taken some creative liberties to maximize the play opportunities and we have slightly modified these mountains to make the play activities even more exciting.” Here’s an in-depth look at some gameplay, showing some of those lush areas while some dudes talk too much.
The multiplayer aspect of the game is really cool – it feels somewhere between multiplayer free roaming in other extreme sports games and a full-bodied twist on Fall Guys’ brand of pure chaos. Ubisoft has revealed that you can connect with more than 20 players simultaneously on Xbox One, but more than 50 on Xbox Series X for even more chaos. In addition to those large-scale races and whatever, there are leaner options for those who want something a little more structured, including individual trick races and team multiplayer modes (one of which looked suspiciously like Tony Hawk’s Graffitti). There will also be Online Cups, which will serve as a ranked part of the online game as you strut to improve your global ranking.
Riders Republic will arrive on Xbox Series X and Xbox One on January 25, 2021.