RIDERS REPUBLIC: Ubisoft Discusses Freestyle System, Rotations, Trick Moves, Grinds, and Combos

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RIDERS REPUBLIC: Ubisoft Discusses Freestyle System, Rotations, Trick Moves, Grinds, and Combos

Ubisoft Annecy — the French team responsible for 2016's Steep — has shared all-new details about Riders Republic, a unique sports game that will allow you to find your place in a massive multiplayer playground.

For those unfamiliar with Ubisoft's Riders Republic, it's a cross-gen production that will give you the chance to play with bikes, skis, snowboards, wingsuits, and cutting-edge rocket wingsuits in a seamless open world.

Although the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, Google Stadia, and PC versions of the action-packed project will see 50 players compete against each other at any given time, the current-gen port of Riders Republic will be limited to only 20 virtual sportsmen — but it should still be more than enough to make its online modes fun.

To learn more about Ubisoft's Riders Republic, check out this new overview of the project's game mechanics:

ROTATIONS:

No matter if you’re riding a bike, snowboard, or skis you’ll have the option to pick the ideal rotation depending on how much time you have in the air.
  • The easiest rotations to start with are the frontside or backside spins. You’ll be able to land them at every 180°
  • Next in difficulty come the flips. You’ll need to be careful to make sure you have time to land.
  • The most difficult rotations are the off-axis rotations. You’ll need much more airtime to pull these off. Depending on which sport you’re in, they can have several different names such as corks, rodeos, bio, twister, and more. You have two different types of off-axis rotations:
  • Flip to spin in which your first 540° is a move going from a flip to merging progressively to a pure spin you will be able to land at every 180° after your first move.
  • Spin to flip in which you’ll execute a fully inverted rotation (head under the gear). This takes 25% more time than a flip to land, but you can chain with a double, triple, etc to keep adding to your score.
No matter if you’re riding a bike, snowboard, or skis you’ll have the option to pick the ideal rotation depending on how much time you have in the air.

TRICK MOVES:

The gear you wear will impact the tricks you’ll be able to perform. Each gear carries a set of 12 unique tricks. Some of the tricks you’ll be able to choose from are: Ski Snowpark, Ski Off-track, Snowboard Snowpark, Snowboard Off-track, Bike Slopestyle, and Bike Freeride. There are 72 tricks in the game.

GRINDS:

Not everything in Riders Republic happens in the air. Grinds are another way to rack up points. If you’re playing in auto mode you’ll only need to jump onto the rail and the game will handle the rest. The game will assist your jump length, height, and trajectory to nail the landing.

In manual mode, just as with the rotations, it’s all in your hands. Control the board position to trigger different types of rail moves, but also control your rider position on the rail in order to take turns and do presses. Land precisely and you’ll be awarded special additional bonuses. You will also be able to have full control of your board/skis before touching the rail activating the Air board/skis control option in the game settings.

VARIETY & COMBOS:

The first time you perform a freestyle move in your run, you will earn a bonus. It will be granted only once per move, per run. This is an incentive to explore every rotation, trick move, and grind move to maximize your run and earn as many bonuses as you can.

CONTROLS:

We are aiming to giving you complete freedom, so you will have the ability to customize the mapping of your controls for a truly personal experience. We’ll also offer 3 different pre-set controls to choose from depending on your preferred playstyle.

Jump into the Riders Republic massive multiplayer playground! Grab your skis, snowboard, bike, or wingsuit and explore an open world sports paradise where the rules are yours to make—or break. Battle against over 50 players simultaneously in a massive multiplayer playground.

Riders Republic is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Google Stadia, and PC (via Uplay and the Epic Games Store) on February 25, 2021.