Check out the first trailer for Snowrunner, the renamed sequel to Mudrunner

Spintires, released in 2014, is one of those very distinctly PC games: It's an off-road driving sim, which sounds conventional enough, but instead of racing against Ivan Stewart you're trying to scratch out a living by grinding Soviet-era machines through inhuman mud and muck in the deepest Russian backwoods you can imagine. And it's good—at that one very particular thing.

It's been through a spot of controversy and a rerelease which changed the name, first to Spintires: Mudrunner (which also included a major update to the game itself) and more recently to just Mudrunner. Niche though it is, it was successful enough to warrant a sequel, announced last year as Mudrunner 2. And even though it's not out yet, now it's been renamed, too: Focus Home and Saber Interactive announced at Gamescom today that the new game is now called Snowrunner.

Snowrunner promises a "huge roster" of heavy duty machines and more than 15 sandbox maps to drive them on, some of them four times larger than the maps in Mudrunner. Once again, the job is, literally, a job, as the goal will be to haul various sorts of cargo across some of the crappiest landscapes on the planet. It's really the sort of thing that's meant to be played solo—you, alone against frigid oblivion, your only defense the chunky, shuddering gears of a krAZ-255—but you can go hauling with up to three friends if you like in online co-op play.

Snowrunner is expected to be out sometime in 2020, and will be available through PC on the Epic Games Store.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.