After a 3-year wait, Italian Developer Milestone and Plaion (formerly Koch Media) are getting ready for the release of the new RIDE 5 motorcycle game. The latest iteration of the popular Ride game franchise will release exclusively for the PC (Steam, and Epic) and New Gen consoles (PlayStation5, Xbox Series X|S) on August 24.
The RIDE franchise debuted with the release of the first game titled “Ride” in 2015. It offered a wide range of motorcycles from different manufacturers, customizable bikes, and numerous tracks from around the world. The game aimed to capture the thrill and excitement of motorcycle racing, allowing players to compete in various modes such as single races, championships, time trials, and online multiplayer.
In subsequent years, Milestone released several sequels and spin-offs in the Ride franchise, each introducing new features and improvements. Some notable titles include “Ride 2” (2016), “Ride 3” (2018), and “Ride 4” (2020). These games expanded the roster of available motorcycles, tracks, and gameplay options, offering an increasingly realistic and comprehensive motorcycle racing experience.
The franchise is known for its attention to detail in recreating the physics and handling of motorcycles, as well as providing a wide variety of customization options. Players can personalize their bikes, choosing from a selection of parts, colors, and decals to create their unique racing machines. The games also incorporate dynamic weather conditions, day-night cycles, and realistic damage modeling to further enhance the immersion.
The Ride franchise strives to appeal to both casual players and dedicated motorcycle enthusiasts by offering different difficulty levels, assist options, and gameplay modes. Whether players are seeking a more arcade-style experience or a challenging simulation, the series aims to provide an enjoyable racing experience for all skill levels.
To keep the fans excited, Milestone now released a new video showcasing some RIDE 5 gameplay on various circuits and weather conditions. Keep in mind that all featured footage shows you a work in progress.
RIDE 5 Features:
Take what’s yours: a new career mode featuring a narrator and 10 rivals.
For the first time in the series, virtual racing fans will enjoy a career mode featuring a narrator who will introduce events and guide players throughout their riding journey. A leaderboard will track progress through the four main racing bundles of the career, which will include various events to be completed before unlocking the next one. To spice the competition up, RIDE 5 career mode will also feature 10 rivals with their own personalities, backgrounds, and aesthetics. Players will have to beat their opponents in order to reach the top of the leaderboard. A set of secondary challenges completes the career structure for a total of over 200 playable events.
Career apart, Endurance races now support in-race save and rewind features to grant more control and flexibility over the gaming session, while the single-race and time-trial game modes will be the perfect places to refine riding styles, get familiar with the different bike categories and push performance to the limit.
High-end technology will bring the game to blur with reality
Technological improvements will fully exploit the potential of New Gen consoles and top-range PC configurations, ensuring a new, stunning level of realism and lifelike experiences to deliver the most authentic and exciting riding simulation ever. For the first time in the franchise, the Milan-based development team has implemented a Dynamic Weather System, which will calculate in real-time track and air temperature to generate a realistic weather change during races, adding a strategic dimension to the racing experience. The Sky System has also been changed, moving from a 2D technology based on real photos to 3D volumetric clouds to ensure a more immersive visual result; now players can see clouds changing shape and interacting with the lighting based on their density, creating breathtaking views. Technological improvements also affect the motorbike physics, which has been improved in every aspect, from the interaction between the rider and the bike to different lean-angle speeds for each bike category.
Split-screen and cross-play: who will brake last?
Bike culture knows no boundaries and with RIDE 5 bike lovers can unleash such passion through an enhanced multiplayer experience. Online, it will be possible to join cross-play lobbies both on console (PlayStation 5 vs Xbox Series X | S) and on PC (Steam vs Epic Games Store), and world leaderboards will push players to become the best rider they can be. Finally, strongly requested by the community, for the first time since RIDE 2 the Split-screen is back to let players challenge their friends, side by side on the couch.
Many customization options for maximum longevity
Among the pillars in the design of RIDE 5 is the desire to allow players maximum freedom in living their own journey into the bike world. The race creator game mode serves such purpose, as players can be the director of the competition and create unlimited scenarios customizing their races and championship experience by choosing which types of bike categories to allow in the competition, selecting AI opponents and tracks, creating new liveries from scratch, and even deciding the scoring and rule system.
The reference point of two-wheel simulative racing games does not fall short even when it comes to approachability. An enhanced set of riding aids will ease the learning curve and help less experienced players get full control of their bike thanks to assisted brakes, cornering, automatic steering and throttle, ideal trajectory, and many other parameters to master even the most difficult tracks.
Finally, with RIDE 5 players can express their creativity thanks to powerful editors to customize bikes, suits, and helmets. They will be able to share their creations online, also between different platforms, in order to let everyone enjoy the most beautiful ideas.
Official Webpages – ridevideogame.com – milestone.it