Riders Republic, Ubisoft's extreme sports MMO, is delayed

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Riders Republic (opens in new tab) was announced in September 2020 as an "extreme sports MMO" for up to 50 players on skis, snowboards, bicycles, rocket-powered wingsuits, and other implements of radicalness in a rough, rugged open world. The gameplay showcased in the announcement trailer bore a distinct resemblance to Steep (opens in new tab), another Ubisoft extreme sports game that was released in 2016, with a bit of a Far Cry: New Dawn (opens in new tab) aesthetic, although without the Mad Max-flavored violence.

It was supposed to debut on February 25, but Ubisoft said today that it's not going to happen. "We want to let you know that we have made the decision to move our release to later this year," the Riders Republic team tweeted. "The additional time will allow our passionate team to deliver the best fun fuelled experience to our players."

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Specifics on the reasons for the delay weren't provided, nor is there any hint of when "later this year" might be: The Epic Games Store (opens in new tab) is now carrying a placeholder date of December 31, while the Ubisoft Store (opens in new tab) has a less-precise (but probably closer to the mark) target of "spring 2021." I've asked Ubi for more information and will update if I happen to get it.

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.