Steep

Ubisoft's wayward winter sports game is at its best in moments of solitude and exploration.

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Steep's getting an Olympics-themed expansion

Steep is Ubisoft's strangely glorious winter sports game. I sense it struggled to find an audience, but at Ubisoft's E3 press event, the publisher announced it's getting an expansion.

It's Olympics-themed, apparently - hope so, anyway; it's called Road to the Olympics - and it's based around the PyeongChang 2018 games. Expect lots of sporty events and colourful Lycra. (It may not be Lycra.) It's out in December, presumably on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Right, me again this week. I've been having a bit of a think about Eurogamer's Weekly Podcast That We Do and how best to propel us to the next level. If I'm being entirely honest with you, I've got aspirations for an Audible sponsorship. All the big podcasts have one. How many listeners do you need for one of those? Actually, how many listeners do we even have?

Taken at face value, Ubisoft's Steep is a game about exploring the mountainside and having fun with friends. Delve a little way into its multiplayer functionality - which lets you ping an invite to anyone in your immediate vicinity with the press of a button - however, and it becomes something else altogether. Which is to say, it becomes a game about saying weird things to strangers while wearing a big parka.

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Summit to think about.

This mountain has stories. That's what someone in Steep told me early on in the adventure, although I may be paraphrasing.

And I thought: Sure, stories, blah blah blah. The time I spun off that jump at a wonky angle and landed, inelegantly, in the open embrace of a tree. The time I found the only patch of rock on a smooth downhill run and landed, inelegantly, in the open embrace of a tree.

But this is Ubisoft, remember? So the mountain actually does have stories. I found one on a night jaunt in my first hour or so playing, already deep inside the game's astonishing open world, a huge map filled with peaks and valleys and absolutely no loading times between them. I was following a skier down a slope, and the mountain started talking to me, spinning up a veritable Kate Bush lyric about how it was ancient and primal and would speak its truths if it I asked it to. Steep, then, is not SSX or any other winter sports game I might have imagined it would be at first. Steep is weird. And it's often wonderful.

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I am absolutely ready for Steep, and I have high hopes that Steep is ready for us. I've been ready for absolutely ages, in fact, desperate for a game that gives me a snowboard, a weighty sense of downhill pelt and an entire freakin mountain to play with. What I am after - and here I suspect Steep might diverge from my hopes very slightly - is Burnout Paradise stuck to the side of a giant bloody Alp. SSX? I've given up waiting for a new one. Maybe I just haven't been good enough to deserve it. Snow? I had a brief flirtation, but it was very early days. Steep? Yes please!

Most people think of Steep as a snowboarding game, but having had a chance to play it last week at Ubisoft's offices it turns out there's actually a lot more to it. Big sections of the game's massively mountainous environment are dedicated to other extreme sports such as wingsuit flying, parachute gliding and skiing.

Steep open beta dated for November

Steep open beta dated for November

Register now for earlier closed beta access.

Ubisoft's open-world winter sports game Steep will receive an open beta from 18th-21st November on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Should you register for beta access ahead of time, you may get access to an earlier closed beta test from 10th-14th November.

Steep is set in the Alps, though a free Alaska update will follow, and its gameplay is based around four extreme winter sports: skiing, snowboarding, paragliding, and wingsuit gliding.

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Ubisoft's extreme winter sports game Steep sets release date

Ubisoft's open-world snowy sports game Steep is slated for a 2nd December release on PS4, Xbox One and PC, the publisher just

announced.

Pre-orders will include special nocturnal content in the Moonlight Pack. This will include three extra nighttime challenges, three new outfits, and a wingsuit rocket flare.

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