If you've been wanting to take Ubisoft's latest motorbike game for a trial run, now's your chance, as Trials Rising is making its way into open beta next week.
The test period runs from 21st to 25th February, and can be accessed on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch and PC. It's the first time Switch players will be able to get their paws on the game, as the closed beta was not available on the platform.
According to the press release, riders will have access to a "special set of features and progression flow, along with global multiplayer". This includes 18 tracks, five bikes (squid, rhino, mantis, helium and a two-player tandem bike) and 25 contracts - along with a turbo bike exhaust, which players can use on the helium bike to "make it roar like a real motorbike". Players can unlock this item during the beta and keep it if they buy the full game.
Trials Rising is but mere weeks away from release on Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC - and Ubisoft has seized the occasion to share details on the motorcycle platformer's expansion pass and post-launch plans.
Developer RedLynx's long-running Trials series is taking a bit of a back-to-basics approach this time around, with Rising ditching the sci-fi flourishes of Trials Fusion in favour of comparatively more down-to-earth courses set around the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, and Mount Everest. Trials Rising's expansion pass will apparently increase these real-world-inspired locations still further, introducing 55 additional tracks across the US and Southern Hemisphere.
Trials Rising's expansion pass will ultimately provide access to two "major" content expansion and two customisation packs. The first expansion, titled Trials Rising Sixty Six, is, as you've probably already surmised, set along Route 66. It introduces new tracks, new Contracts, and American football-themed cosmetics in the form of a helmet, shirt, trousers, and cleats.
Aspects of Trials Rising's multiplayer will be cross-platform, publisher Ubisoft has revealed.
Last year, it was revealed loot boxes will be coming to Trials Rising. It was surprising to see a series which prides itself on player skill yield to any kind of in-game monetisation, even if they are purely cosmetic, especially when the industry has appeared to turn tail on such practices.
Ubisoft has announced that Trials Rising, the latest entry in developer RedLynx's long-running motorbike platforming series, will launch on Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Switch on February 12th next year.
Based on everything shown so far, the Trials series looks to be taking a bit of a back-to-basics approach this time around, with Trials Rising foregoing the science fiction flourishes of its mainline predecessor Trials Fusion in favour of comparatively more down-to-earth courses set around the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, and Mount Everest.
Unsurprisingly, the series' local and online multiplayer returns too, with Trials Rising introducing the brand-new Tandem Bike mode - in which two players can work together, "each contributing fifty percent of the power and balance", to complete a course atop a single bike.
Updated story (June 14th): Though Trials Rising was confirmed for Nintendo Switch during Ubisoft's E3 press conference, the game's upcoming closed beta won't be coming to the platform, an Ubisoft spokesperson has confirmed to Eurogamer.
Instead, we can expect it on PS4, Xbox One and PC, with beta sign-ups now available.
There's no word on what the closed beta will feature, but Ubisoft mentioned during the conference it will arrive later this year.