Snowrunner overview trailer showcases big trucks, big mud, and endgame content

Snowrunner, the sequel to Mudrunner, is a driving simulator set in super-harsh off-road environments in the US and Russia, with vehicles ranging from classic pickups and 4x4s to massive commercial and industrial rigs, and even a few military machines. A new trailer released today showcases a number of them in action, and also digs into what exactly it is you're doing out there in the middle of that rugged wilderness, and what you might see as you explore.

Snowrunner features multiple maps covering three different regions that collectively add up to more than triple the real estate available in Mudrunner. Each map has different contracts and activities to complete, with no checkpoints or preset routes: What you do and how you do it is entirely up to you. The in-game store offers 40 different vehicles to drive, from "scouts" to heavy haulers, each with customizable engines, gearbox settings, suspensions, tires, and more. 

As you progress deeper into the game, you'll unlock new regions and landmarks, some of which will have a direct impact on the game world. Stick with it and you'll eventually reach Snowrunner's end-game content: Lucrative contracts that span multiple maps, requiring careful planning and resource management to complete. 

I don't imagine I'll ever reach that point myself, I'm too easily distracted, but there's something vaguely romantic about the prospect of grinding gears through the thickest mud on the planet that really appeals to me. Andy Kelly can have the big rigs on the open highways; I'll happily take mucky crawls through the Siberian steppe.

(Actually, I imagine he'll be quite interested in Snowrunner too: He was a big fan of the physics and mud in Spintires, the original iteration of Mudrunner, but complained in his 2014 review that "its scope is incredibly limited, to the point where it feels like an Early Access release." It doesn't appear that Snowrunner will suffer from that kind of limitation.)

Snowrunner is set to roll out on April 28, 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.