After a ten year absence, the official Superbike World Championship game series is returning.
Developed by Milestone, the Italian studio behind the officially licensed MotoGP, Monster Energy Supercross, and MXGP motorcycle games, SBK 22 is speeding onto PC and consoles this September.
SBK 22 speeds onto PC and consoles this September
All tracks and riders from the official 2022 WorldSBK Championship will feature in SBK 22.
The career mode will see you hiring and managing staff such as a Personal Manager, Chief Engineer, and Data Analyst to conquer the Superbike World Championship.
Development trees from the MotoGP games will also feature, allowing you to research and build new bike components to keep ahead of the competition.
Like the MotoGP games, SBK 22 will also use Milestone’s A.N.N.A machine-learning artificial intelligence system, which uses data to replicate the real rider’s personalities and riding styles.
Rider customisation options will include a sticker, helmet number, and butt patch editor or you can create your own fictional team with a custom livery.
Online multiplayer will support up to 12 players with the option for Tissot-Superpole sessions before races for the full SBK experience.
SBK 22 announcement trailer
The SBK 22 announcement trailer mixes live-action WorldSBK Championship footage with the SBK 22 game engine.
The game footage provides a first look at Portugal’s Estoril Circuit recreated for SBK 22, but no in-game bike models are shown.
SBK 22’s announcement comes after Koch announced Milestone acquired rights to the Superbike World Championship license back in February.
Like MotoGP, Superbikes are regulated by the FIM. Since they are based on production road bikes modified for racing, Superbikes are less powerful than MotoGP bikes, but they will still be thrilling to ride in SBK 22.
SBK 22 release date
SBK 22 will be released on 15 September on PlayStation 5, PlayStation4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Steam via PC.
Apart from the SBK mobile series, the last officially-licensed SBK game was SBK Generations released in 2012 on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360; also developed by Milestone.