Trials Rising is going to get some very important and very interesting cross platform features. As long as you have an Ubisoft account set up, the game will have a wide array of content that can be shared across the many platforms that Trials Rising will release on.
In a post on the Ubisoft forums, community manager Dave Jackson went into detail about what to expect from Rising when it comes to its cross platform offerings. He also makes sure to mention that in order to enjoy any of these features, a valid Ubisoft account must be linked to the platform of choice. It seems like linking the account is something players should do as there are quite a few features that are dependent upon doing so.
As for what these features are, they’ll include leaderboards which will be available across PC and consoles. This means that players will be able to compete against one another no matter what platform they choose to play on. In his post, Jackson also mentions that these leaderboards will be world wide, meaning players can also compete against others across both systems and continents. Players will also be able to watch replays in order to see what others did to achieve their high scores.
Track Central, which made its debut in Trials Evolution, returns for Rising. Track Central was the main place for Trials players to share their created content. With the added cross platform functionality, this means that all user created tracks will available for all players. Although Jackson was quick to mention that “performance between these platforms can vary and that may impact the experience playing tracks created on different platforms.” So this could mean that a track that’s created on the PC may not play so smoothly on the Nintendo Switch.
On top of all these features, the player’s profile will also be shared over all systems. This means all stats, custom content, and the appearance of the player character will carry over across platforms. Players can also can check out the profiles of other players and look at their characters and progress in the game. Furthermore, due to the linked Ubisoft account, players’ user names will be attached to their created content so they can receive credit for their work.
More and more games seem to be adopting cross platform features as time goes on, with the recent and most surprising examples being the new relationship between Nintendo and Microsoft. Even Sony is being forced to become friendly with their rivals in the console industry, and sure enough PS4 is among the systems listed for these new Trials features. Hopefully this is a positive sign for the future, and cross platform gaming becomes the status quo from now on.
Trials Rising releases on February 26, 2019 for the PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. If you're looking to a get a taste before it comes out, an open beta will available to play from February 21 to February 25.