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SnowRunner trailer explores the muddy sim's physics, maps and vehicles

I doubt I'll be going outside very much in the coming months, so the imminent arrival of SnowRunner, which will send us out into the wilderness to fight snow, mud and water with trucks, is very comforting. Judging by the overview trailer above, it seems like it could be the perfect panacea to stop me from bouncing off the walls. 

It's quite a bit larger than its predecessor, MudRunner, with three regions split up into 11 open-world maps. As we saw in the last trailer, the regions are pretty distinct, and with the change in environments comes different objectives and challenges. Michigan, for instance, looks a bit less inhospitable than chilly Alaska, but it also looks quite a bit wetter. 

Mud, water and snow, as well as the rocky terrain itself, will be your enemies, and they all behave differently. You'll have to worry about simulated currents when you cross rivers, and even the water content in the terrain you're attempting to drive over. Vehicle weight, tire spin and what upgrades you've slapped onto your truck all come into play. 

Speaking of trucks, you'll have 40 vehicles to play with, and then tweak, upgrade and bedazzle. If you're planning on taking your truck for a swim, you might want to invest in a snorkel, while tire chains will make it easier to deal with snow. Since SnowRunner has 4-player co-op, you might be inspired to do some peacocking, giving your truck a new coat of paint or add some decals and new lights. 

If you need some kind of reason to fight nature in a big truck, there are missions and contracts that you can undertake largely in any order, building bridges—which will also make it easier to reach new areas—making the new mega-sized deliveries and rescuing other vehicles with your miraculous winch. 

SnowRunner is due out on April 28 via the Epic Games Store, and Saber Interactive is planning to release more vehicles, maps, activities and community modding tools after launch. 

Fraser is the sole inhabitant of PC Gamer's mythical Scottish office, conveniently located in his flat. He spends most of his time wrangling the news, but sometimes he sneaks off to write lots of words about strategy games.