SnowRunner is a 2020 off-road simulation video game developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive. SnowRunner has the player control off-road vehicles as they traverse between locations to complete objectives. Get ready for the next-generation off-road experience! Drive powerful vehicles and overcome extreme open environments to complete dozens of challenging missions solo or with up to 3 friends! Following on from the studio’s Spintires and its expanded version MudRunner, the game was announced as MudRunner 2 in August 2018. Focus Home and Saber Interactive decided to re-reveal the title a year later as SnowRunner. The game features over 40 different vehicles and more than 15 sandbox locations.
SnowRunner is an off-roading open world simulation video game where the player’s job is to deliver cargo to different places while driving over rough terrain. The game has a damage system similar to BeamNG.drive, in which there’s both damage on the physical model and also damage shown through a UI. Each of the games regions is set after a various disaster has taken place, some being natural like floods, others being manmade like a pipline breaking and vary from places like Michigan to Kola Peninsula. As the player progresses by doing certain missions, they earn money which can then be spent on a better vehicle, usually making it easier for the player to traverse the game’s difficult terrain.
SnowRunner puts you in the driver’s seat of powerful vehicles as you conquer extreme open environments with the most advanced terrain simulation ever. Drive 40 vehicles from brands such as Ford, Chevrolet, and Freightliner as you leave your mark on an untamed open world. Overcome mud, torrential waters, snow, and frozen lakes while taking on perilous contracts and missions. Expand and customize your fleet with many upgrades and accessories including an exhaust snorkel for heavy waters or chain tires to battle the snow. Face extreme environments in a highly advanced physics engine. 40 unique vehicles to unlock, upgrade, and customizeRide solo or with other players in 4-player co-operative and expand your SnowRunner experience with community-created mods!
Along the way the player may encounter optional timed missions in which the rewards for completion get better the faster the player completes them. Each region has its own “story” associated with it, usually involving the player fixing the damage caused by the disaster that occurred in the region. The game also features a mix of aesthetic and mechanical customizations, ranging from simply changing the color of the player’s vehicle, to changing the kind of tires that are on the vehicle or installing a frame attachment. The mechanical changes usually help the player out in completing missions, however they will usually require the player to reach a certain level before being able to purchase and install them. The game has DLC that range from simple skin packs, to entire map expansions.