With VR technology quickly gaining momentum within the world of video gaming (see the recently announced Star Trek: Bridge Crew) from both a technological and consumer standpoint, it should come as no surprise that certain titles unveiled at the 2016 E3 industry conference were of a decided bent towards simulated real-world experiences. As video game graphics become even more life-like, many developers are no doubt eager to begin generating unique player experiences meant to transport the individual from their actual physical surroundings to exotic locales and thrilling digital destinations.
Ubisoft has previously seen fit to take players on whirlwind historical adventures in the past throughout many titles in their blockbuster franchise Assassin's Creed, with each subsequent instalment featuring a different geographic locale and time period for gamers to thoroughly explore in a magnificently rendered open-world. Now it would appear as though the studio's latest original production Steep will do the same, but to a far greater and more all-encompassing extent.
In the official trailer and gameplay footage seen above and below, which were recently unveiled at E3, gamers the world over can get their first look at the sweeping alpine vistas and vast mountain ranges of Steep, an open-world title meant to offer an extreme sports experience unlike any other. Inspired in part by developer Ubisoft Annecy's close proximity to the real-world Alps, the new game will allow players to carve out their own path across the region (in addition to selected portions of Alaska).
Check out the official synopsis for Steep below:
"Defy and master the world’s most epic mountains on skis, wingsuit, snowboard, and in paraglide. Go solo or drop in side by side with other players. Record and share the most insane stunts ever captured. Dare your friends to try out your custom lines, then challenge the world to beat your best tricks and relive your most epic wipeouts. The mountain is yours to explore. So strap in, suit up, and drop in."
There have certainly been attempts made in the past at replicating the feel and visceral rush of extreme sports within the realm of gaming, though it would appear that with Steep the technology at hand has finally caught of with the sheer speed and monumental nature of the activities being replicated. Only time will tell how warmly received the game in question will prove, though things do appear to be looking up for the still untested independent property.
Steep will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in December 2016.