It is an Ubisoft tradition to make a surprise announcement at E3, and this year is no exception. Ubisoft is working on a brand new IP called Steep. Steep takes place in the snowy Alps, and it’s something quite unusual: an open world sports game.
When you first start watching the trailer, you may think, “Just another sports game,” but think again. This game is going to be different from anything else you have ever played.
The very concept of an open world sports game may sound bizarre, even pointless—but think about it for a minute. Most sports games force you to stay along a particular path. Deviating from that path isn’t an option. While sports games that force you along a path are fun in their way, they are very confining, and can get to be repetitious after a while.
Now imagine a huge open world with vast vistas, jagged peaks, high ridges and cliffs, and an environment as treacherous as it is beautiful. You are able to explore that environment at will, snowboarding, skiing, gliding, or parachuting anywhere you want.
If you get a sense of déjà vu watching the trailer, perhaps it’s because Steep was inspired by Ghost Recon: Wildlands. If you played Wildlands, you remember how innovative the game was in offering you numerous creative means to cross the landscape.
Rather than fighting drug cartels, in this game you practice death-defying stunts while enjoying the spirit of exploration. Social features are well-integrated into the game, allowing you to compete against others and showcase your feats.
Steep releases this winter (the exact date hasn’t yet been announced), but you don’t have to wait until winter to play it. If you are on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 or PC, you can sign up to participate in the beta.