The latest game in the yearly dirt bike franchise, Monster Energy Supercross 5, has been revealed, and it launches in just a few months with a suite of new features.
Alongside included all the tracks, riders and teams from the real-world FIM World Championship, Supercross 5 will add local split-screen multiplayer for the first time – something that fans have requested for some time.
For the first time in a Milestone-developed racing game too, the online multiplayer will be cross-generational, so those on PS4 and play with PS5 owners, and Xbox One players with Xbox Series X|S users. The racing esports competition, eSX Championship, will also return for a second season.
Deeper career mode
Aside from the multiplayer enhancements, major changes look to have been implemented for the career mode – where you’ll most likely spend time. The big addition is a ‘Rider Shape System’, a way that will track your rider’s health after falling or crashing. Training and completing specific tasks will then help you recover. How this plays out remains to be seen, so we hope to have a closer look before launch.
One key element that’s been lacking with previous Supercross releases, in my opinion, has been a clear player training structure. Supercross 5 aims to resolve this somewhat with a Future Academy tutorial and additional assists, such as flow recovery and assisted steering. Of course, seasoned players will not need this, but Supercross 4 was a challenge to newcomers in our experience, so hopefully, this helps.
Track editor refinments
The Track Editor returns, alongside the unique competition where you will be able to see an in-game created track replicated in real life. The option of a Rhythm Section Editor is new too, where payers will be able to mix and match pre-existing modules to design complex prefab track sections to share with others.
Monster Energy Supercross 5 will release on 17th March 2022 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. The PlayStation version of the title supports a free upgrade from PS4 to PS5, while the Xbox version features Smart Delivery.
We’ll have more information as soon as we hear it. Let us know in the comments below if you’re looking forward to this release.