Is Riders Republic Always Online?

Here's what you can and cannot do without an internet connection in Ubisoft's latest MMO sports game.

by Elliott Gatica

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While we aren’t quite getting a Steep 2, Riders Republic will do. It basically preserves the formula of the game and adds more to its activities and personality. Of course, since this is a Ubisoft game, there always comes the question if the game has to always have an online connection. We’ll answer that here.

Does Riders Republic need to always be online?

The short answer is, no, the game does not have to be played with an internet connection all the time. There are, however, some major constraints if you play without an internet connection.

First off, as you hit the title screen of Riders Republic and press your confirm button to continue, the game will immediately start searching for an internet connection. If your connection is successful and everything is a go on Ubisoft’s servers, you have free reign to everything in the game. You’ll get access to the career and interactions with other players.

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What can you do without an internet connection?

Basically, the only thing you can do is play the Zen Mode. It’s a single-player, free-roam mode where you can travel to every part of the map. You can’t participate in any events, find relics, partake in obstacle courses, or earn stars. The mode basically voids you of any progression. Trophies and achievements cannot be earned here either.

If you want to actually play any of the activities in the game, you’ll have to have an internet connection and pick the New Game/Continue option in the main menu.

The best choice is to just play the game while hooked up to the internet. You don’t have to join any lobbies or anything fancy. The way the game is designed makes sense for this to be only online. You are among thousands of other people wanting to be the next big sports hotshot.

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The only downside to needing an internet connection to play the majority of the game is that if Ubisoft’s servers go down or your internet connection isn’t stable, your game is mostly unplayable.

Riders Republic is out now for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series S/X, and PC. To check out additional content like guides, updates, and a review on the game, click here.

- This article was updated on October 28th, 2021

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