'Steep' Beta Opens Up To Everyone November 18 Prior To December 2 Release Date

Ubisoft is inviting players to hit the slopes of their upcoming slope-conquering experience, Steep, during an Open Beta weekend event running November 18 through November 21 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Details for the game's Season Pass have also been announced by the publisher, giving gamers an idea of what they can expect when Steep launches.

Some players have already shredded the slopes in Steep during the Closed Alpha and Early Access Beta. However, the Open Beta gives all players across all of the game's available platforms the opportunity to check out the game's seemingly vast open-world. Starting November 18, players can get the Steep Beta via digital download on their platform of choice.

During the Beta, players get to try out three of the seven areas found in the final game. The world of Steep is inspired by the Alps, and players have the opportunity to play in the Aravis, Tyrol, and Needles part of the map. In addition to the challenges available to them, players can also get a taste of the game's storyline through nine of the full game's Mountain Stories. These narrative-based contests are supposed to add some distinctive experiences to the player's journey.

As players complete the challenges and Mountain Stories in the Beta, they'll also unlock additional gear and check out some of the game's customization options. They will also have the option to experience the first-person "GoPro" mode if they like.

Steep features more than just snowboarding, giving gamers a chance to paraglide, ski, or even walk on the slopes.
"Steep gives you five different ways to get around: snowboards, skis, wingsuits, paragliders, and walking, and you can switch between these at any time (so long as you're not in motion). Snowboards offer fantastic speed, while skis give you a little more control (and also let you ski backwards by pulling the analog sticks in opposite directions)."

"Wingsuits are made for high-speed, high-risk thrills and are great for covering a lot of ground in a hurry, while paragliders let you catch updrafts and explore leisurely from the air. Walking, meanwhile, is slow and mainly useful for stopping to discover new drop zones with your binoculars, or for trudging uphill – although if you're trying to get back up after taking a wrong turn downhill, it's often better to just hold a button to reset yourself to your starting position."

Ubisoft has also revealed their plans for the Steep Season Pass. Those looking to get the game and Season Pass bundled in one pack can opt for the Steep Gold Edition. All of Steep's content packs are planned to be sold separately as well. There are three total content packs planned, which are detailed by the publisher as follows:
  • Winter Fest Pack introduces the winter sled and puts players' skills to the test with its new array of challenges. It will also offer fun new exclusive costumes.
  • Extreme Pack adds three new exhilarating sports: rocket wings, base jumping, and speed gliding. New exclusive costumes will also be part of the Extreme Pack.
  • Adrenaline Pack includes the Moonlight Pack, featuring 3 unique night-time challenges and equipment packs for players to show off their style while shining in the dark, along with new costumes, new outfits, new boards and wingsuits.
These additional DLC packs are anticipated to be released in the months following the Steep release, but specific release dates have not yet been announced. In addition to the DLC mentioned above, Season Pass holders also get exclusive costumes that include a sleek snowman outfit. Plus, Season Pass holders get "helicopter tickets to reach uncharted destinations quickly, and 10,000 Steep Credits at launch."
Steep is scheduled to release worldwide on December 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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