Niche Spotlight – Descenders

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Today’s Spotlight is Descenders, an off-road bike racing game by RageSquid and No More Robots that recently left Early Access.

Descenders‘ main draw is that it features procedurally generated, downhill tracks to keep each race fresh and unique. There’s millions of possible combinations, and each track is packed with ramps and other opportunities to score some extra rep by performing stunts.

The 1.0 update introduced the game’s highly anticipated online multiplayer mode that features tons of ways to hangout with your friends besides just competing in races. You can check out the launch trailer above.

Descenders is available on Windows PC, Mac, Linux (all via Steam), and Xbox One (including Xbox One Game Pass) for $24.99, and its currently 25% off.

Here’s a rundown of the game:


From the developers of Action Henk, Descenders is a fast-paced extreme downhill biking game that’s easy to pick up, but difficult to master.

A Modern Take on an Extreme Sport

  • Procedurally generated worlds: Take on different jumps, slopes and hillbombs every time you play
  • Freestyle bike controls: Control every subtle movement of your rider, with an in-depth physics system made for slick whips and scrubs
  • Rogue-Bike: Earn special mutators each time you play, and work out which abilities work best for your riding style
  • Build your Rep: A fully-featured online Rep system lets you show off your worth, and earn new bikes and threads
  • Fully licensed soundtrack: We’ve partnered up with drum & bass label Liquicity to bring you the perfect soundtrack for hitting the mountains
  • Become the next Descender: Can you survive the game in a single run, and reach the ranks of the legendary Descenders?

Pick a Team, Become a Legend

In Descenders, your team is your life. When you pick a side — Enemy, Arboreal or Kinetic — you’ll be bound together with other players who choose the same side as you.

Grab your bike, pick your team, and attempt to live up to the legend of your Descender. Will you join the die-hard, trick-frenzy ranks of Team Enemy, the proficient, off-road stylings of Team Arboreal, or the high-octane, speed-is-everything Team Kinetic?

  • Wear your team’s colors and apparel with pride, and receive exclusive team gear
  • Exclusive prizes are awarded to the team with the most Rep
  • Gain access to your team’s exclusive channel on the Descenders Discord server

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Frank Streva

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