Steep is free this weekend in case you want to hear the sound of your virtual bones snapping

By Brenna Hillier
9 March 2017 04:30 GMT

Steep, Ubisoft’s open world extreme sports thing, costs nothing to play this weekend.

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Steep is free to play this weekend, Ubisoft has announced.

You’ll be able to dive right in to Steep on PS4 and Xbox One, as well as PC via Uplay, from 10:00am PT March 10. If you’re on PC you can start a preload via Uplay right now, if you like.

The free Steep trial will end at 1:00pm PT March 12 on PC and Xbox One, but for some reason will stay open on PS4 until 10:00am PT March 13.

There are no limitations on the trial, so the whole of Steep’s Alps and Alaska maps will be available, as will all activities: skiing, snowboarding, paragliding and wingsuits. You can try sponsored events or just progress through the game to unlock more challenging runs.

Any progress you make during the Steep trial can be imported to the full game, which will be on sale at 40% off through March 13 on consoles and March 14 on PC.

I have not played Steep but it sticks out in my mind for three reasons. The first is that athlete Matilda Rapport was killed in an accident during Steep’s production. The second is that Steep’s E3 2016 debut including a viscerally shocking crash scene. The third is just those two things shouted back at each other over and over again at increasing pitch and volume.

Okay, four things: something like Steep is probably what we’d get if Cool Boarders had happened in a later generation than it did.

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