Ubisoft announces launch date for Steep, the open world extreme sports mountain game

Ubisoft's Steep is basically an open-world mountain upon which you and other online Nordic sport enthusiasts can get extreme, with things like skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, wingsuiting, and (probably) wiping out a lot. You can create your own paths down the mountain, fulfill skill-testing challenges, and create and share replays “across all social media.” It was slated for a December launch when it was announced in June, and today Ubisoft nailed that down to December 2. 

The announcement of a launch date naturally comes with word of a preorder bonus, which in this case is the Moonlight Pack: Three night challenges, three night outfits, glowing equipment for each activity, and a wingsuit rocket flare. There will be a season pass as well; details on that haven't been revealed, but the Gold edition of Steep lists for $30 more than the standard release on Steam, for what that's worth.   

We described Steep as “accessible and immediate” in our E3 preview, which was generally quite positive but not without concerns: The mountain is “realistic,” as these things go, and so it's maybe a bit less extreme than its more arcade-y counterparts, like the SSX series. But the drop-in multiplayer sounds promising, and if Ubisoft can make the social side of Steep work, it might have something genuinely interesting on its hands. A closer look at the mountain, and the many ways to get down it at high speeds, may be had at steep.ubisoft.com.

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.