After a pretty mysterious confirmation at the Video Game Awards, Electronic Arts has finally decided to shed some light on its upcoming SSX: Deadly Descents snowboarding game.
The long-running SSX franchise is set to make a return this year, when EA is launching SSX: Deadly Descents, a somewhat gritty reboot of the snowboarding series that was all about pulling outlandish tricks in a lighthearted environment.
Deadly Descents, like its name suggests, will emphasize the dangers of snowboarding, and put the life of the player in actual danger.
"At what point would it feel like if we created levels and mountains and descents that were so harrowing you could actually die?" EA asked in the latest issue of EGM (via CVG).
SSX: Deadly Descents will feature a lot of content, including 17 regions from across the globe and 70 open mountains that can be traversed on all sides.
What's more, if you wanted that extra bit of realism, some mountains will be topographically correct, as EA used data from Google Earth to shape the environments.
As of yet, we know for sure that among those regions we will find Siberia, Kilimanjaro, Caucasus or the Alps.
Each mountain will pose different types of danger, from thin air to slippery ice or low temperatures, meaning the players will need to buy and choose new equipment carefully.
In order not to force you to restart the stages, SSX: Deadly Descents is set to have a rewind feature, so that you can quickly get back on track before you make your mistake.
Fans of the franchise will be happy to hear that the Elise is making a comeback, and that there will be actual racetracks, with "natural shortcuts" included in this gritty title.
SSX: Deadly Descents still hasn't received a concrete release date, though, but rumors peg its appearance around late 2011 or early 2012, on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.