Ready player one: Ride 4 gameplay trailer revealed

A new gameplay teaser trailer (above) has been revealed for upcoming bike racing videogame, Ride 4. 

The fourth instalment of the popular two-wheeled franchise produced by Italian developers, Milestone, the 1:02 short film shows a variety of bikes racing on the streets, as well as famous short circuits and road racing venues.

Bikes shown in the trailer include the latest Yamaha R1 and Ducati Panigale V4R, as well as an early K-series Suzuki GSX-R model. Also shown is an MV Agusta Dragster 800 performing a neat wheelie - which can sometimes be difficult to pull off in the current instalment.

On top of the new trailer, Milestone have also confirmed in a statement that a Special Edition version of the game will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One - featuring a Steelbook case paying homage to the 2020 R1. Purchasing this grants you access to 65 new bikes, two new tracks and 150 new events.

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The finished product is set to be released on Thursday, October 8, 2020, and promises to be the best yet – with improved graphics, dedicated online servers, new game modes and more. It will also be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC and Steam and boasts official partnerships with both Bridgestone and Yamaha.

Speaking about the reveal, CEO of Milestone, Luisa Bixio, said: "The astonishing realism of its visuals, the depth of its gameplay and the great partners we’re working with, confirm we’ve worked in the right direction to create the ultimate two-wheel racing experience."

Launched five years ago, Ride is essentially the two-wheeled equivalent of the Gran Turismo series, with the current third instalment allowing you to race everything from BSB-spec superbikes at the North West 200, to gangly adventure bikes around Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park and much more.

It's not just about Yamaha motorcycles

In an attempt to make the riding experience as realistic as possible, Milestone say every motorcycle available in Ride 4 has been generated using original CAD and 3D scans of the real machines. What’s more, they also state that smaller details like the cockpit are also to scale, with features on the bike’s dash such as; speed, revs, temperature and traction control altering in real time to reflect the behaviour of the motorcycle.

The game features over 250 bike models from 22 different manufacturers and although we don't know the exact details, we would expect plenty of Yamahas – given the partnership and the fact that multiple R1 models featured in the first announcement trailer (below). Also visible is a Honda RC30 and an MV Agusta Brutale 800.

"Racing and adrenaline have been part of Yamaha DNA since our foundation, 65 years ago," Paolo Pavesio, Marketing and Motorsport Director, Yamaha Motor Europe said. "This is why it has been almost natural to partner up with one of the biggest names of the global motorcycling gaming industry – Milestone." 

An in-game shot of a Yamaha R1

Away from the bikes, the creators also say they have used 'Laser and Drone scanning' in order to improve the accuracy of the tracks themselves. Again, although we don’t know the full list, players can expect famous tracks from across the globe, with Brands Hatch featuring heavily in the teaser video.

Elsewhere, the game also promises to feature smarter in-game opponents, as well as dedicated servers for cleaner gameplay whilst playing online with other racers.

What’s more, there’s also a revised career mode, plus a series of special events and challenges. Visual and mechanical customisation is also available on your bikes and riding kit can also be personalised, too.

For those that make it to the top of the career ladder a new 'Endurance mode' has also been added, with the extended racing featuring changeable lighting and weather conditions, plus the need for pitstops. MCN will bring you more information, plus an in-depth review of the game as it becomes available.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade