They had a rough start with this franchise, but I am optimistic about this sequel. After taking over Bigmoon Entertainment in 2019, Saber Interactive (developer of the SnowRunner and MudRunner games) have been working on Dakar 21 and posted a first screenshot just before Christmas. But what peaked my interest is more recent screenshots that clearly show the SnowRunner engine. Dakar 21 will feature the 2021 course in Saudi Arabia and is likely to release relatively soon (although no official announcement has been made – but it would be sad to miss 2021 on a game with the year in the title).
If you’ve played either of those mentioned “Runner” titles, you will absolutely recognize the engine and ground physics (deformable surfaces) in these first screenshots of Dakar 21: