Steep is getting a pseudo-sequel in the form of Riders Republic, a massively multiplayer extreme sports sandbox where you’ll be able to ski, snowboard, bike, and much more with friends and strangers. Set in various US country parks – and designed using real-world GPS data – this open world experience will allow you to test yourself against the terrain, finding slick runs and stringing together as many tricks as possible.

There’ll be real-world events inspired by the X-Games, but it seems that the majority of your time here will be spent simply exploring the scenery and performing cool tricks. The game’s coming to the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on 25th February, and we reckon this one could quietly become a bit of a sleeper hit – especially as it appears to add so much to the already well-established Steep gameplay loop.

To sweeten the deal, those who purchase the game on the PS4 will be able to upgrade to the PS5 version for free. There’ll also be multiple permutations of the package available at launch, including the Gold Edition which bundles in the Year 1 Pass. This will include additional kit and gear, as well as the BMX add-on which is coming post-launch.

“Riders Republic will run at 60 frames-per-second on next-generation consoles and display more than 50 players simultaneously live on screen,” the press release reads. “With the game’s very intuitive character and camera control combined with an innovative trick system, all players, casual and hardcore, will have the chance to experience untapped joy from the very beginning.”

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