Ubisoft hasn’t made a name for itself with sports games, mainly because it releases them so rarely. With the exception of the occasional stunt or racing game, the competition has nothing to fear.
In fact, in such a competitive industry, Ubisoft poses no threat. Just look at game series like FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer – you’ll see who owns the gaming market, and that’s probably not going to change anytime soon.
But being able to roam around freely with your friends is one of the least explored segments of sports games. This is why Steep, Ubisoft’s most recently announced game, might actually have a chance at fame.
Revealed at Ubisoft’s press conference at E3 2016, Steep offers the players the opportunity to explore and share challenges with their friends. The game was presented as “the next big thing” by Ubisoft, and it certainly has a feel that makes it stick out from the rest.
But rather than developing yet another mountain sports game with competitive snowboarding, Ubisoft Annecy chose to allow players to hang out with their friends in the mountains and take on challenges.
It’s not easy to climb mountaintops, but Steep makes you forget about that with its seamless transition from one area to the next. At the same time, you can choose from set drop zones in the game and travel there instantly.
At E3 2016, the demo showed the player was close to unlocking a new drop zone, which makes us guess you can unlock more and more drop zones as you advance in the game.
Another point of interest is the fact that you can set up challenges for your friends and other players by using your trail. The game’s Mountain View modem is used for unlocking drop zones, and that’s where the challenges can also be created.
After each climbing or roaming around, you can go back to Mountain View and see a 3D map of the mountain topography. Looking at the trail you left behind, you can see statistics for your performance, but also initiate a challenge based on your tricks and your locations.
You can choose one of the sports styles in the game to map the mountain: skiing, flying (with a wing suit), skateboarding, or parachuting.
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