Ubisoft ended their E3 event on a high note by introducing us to their new extreme sports game entitled Steep. The game will focus on extreme winter sports such as Snowboarding and Skiing with the inclusion of wing suit and paragliding set on an open mountain setting. Before we dive deeper into the specifics of the game, lets talk a bit about the seemingly deserted focus on extreme sports this generation.
Outside of the highly criticized and generally disappointing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 and Roll7’s side scrolling style skateboarding game OlliOlli2, there has been little enthusiasm from developers on releasing games about extreme sports. In fact, the last Snowboarding game to release on consoles was SSX back in 2012 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and WiiU. If you enjoy a more realistic style of Snowboarding game, you have to go back even further to 2008 with Ubisoft Montreal’s Shaun White Snowboarding.
That brings us to Ubisoft and their new Extreme Sport IP, Steep. The game will take place on an open mountain which will give players the opportunities to live out their extreme sport fantasies with gorgeous visuals, vast snows-capes and an impressive physics engine. Partially set in the Alps (with future DLC for Alaska), the game can be experienced in both first (Go Pro View) and third person view with various customization options for your character. Steep has incorporated a very unique observation tool titled “Mountain View” that allows you to zoom out from your position, observe the world and navigate into your environment via drop zones. Outside of drop zones, Steep will offer a variety of challenges in perspective activities such as racing down the mountain against a friend in your wing suit. The visuals of the game shine bright when you are snowboarding/skiing down these exotic terrains. The depth of the powder and sheer beauty of the surroundings, truly makes you feel as if you are immersed in the atmosphere.
One of the more impressive features of Steep is the ability to go back and view a moment within your current run. Every run you do in the world creates a trail, and that trail allows you to launch a replay, create a challenge or even view that exact moment in any angle you choose. It is a incredible feature that allows you to not miss a moment in your exploits on the mountain. I expect to see many creative moments and recreations of real life incredible back country moments.
Ubisoft is on the right track with Steep, as they are tackling a still very fresh genre of Extreme Sports this generation. There is still much to learn about this title and we are excited to hear more in the months leading up to the launch in December 2016 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. In the meantime be sure to sign up for the Beta to be one of the first to get their hands on the game.