Focus Home Interactive and Saber Interactive announced that Snowrunner, the sequel to Spintires: Mudrunner, will be available this spring for home consoles and on the Epic Games Store for PC, starting April 28th.
Unfortunately this means that anyone who doesn’t use the Epic Games Store will have to wait a year before Snowrunner appears on rival platforms such as Steam and GOG.com. Truly it’s a dire timeline for PC gamers.
Anyway, it doesn’t sound like the Nintendo Switch will be receiving a version of the game right now, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have plans for a port. I’m sure if things ever clear up with the coronavirus in China they’ll find one of the remaining port-houses where the staff are still alive to make a cheap port for the Switch.
In any case, a new trailer was released to accompany the news about the game’s late April release date, which you can check out below.
The trailer reveals some of the new challenges and terrain players will have to contend with in Snowrunner, which is themed around trekking up and through snow-covered mountains on icy roads. Players will not only have to deal with heavy loads and the vehicle physics, but also the weather and the road conditions.
The game’s dynamic terrain deformation also makes a return, along with all new customization features where you can add and modify the decals and liveries for the vehicles, along with their suspension, body frames, and wheels. You’ll be able to modify tire types, add chain-links, alter the bumpers, floodlights and more as you outfit your vehicle to match the conditions and parameters of various missions.
Saber Interactive is currently boasting about making some new upgrades and changes to the game thanks to Snowrunner running on a new physics simulation engine. Each of the 40 vehicles are based on officially licensed trucks from Western Star, Ford, Chevrolet, and Freightliner, and have been finely tuned to behave and operate in the game in a similar manner to how they would in real life.
The big selling point for this outing of the game is the four-player synchronous co-op mode, where you and three of your buddies can team up to take on super-hard missions together, using multiple vehicles to tow loads across dangerous terrain.
Alternatively, PC gamers will be able to make full use of mods, but since the Epic Games Store doesn’t have anything equivalent to the Steam Workshop, you’ll have to wait a year if you want full client integration like Steam.