Outriders Release Date Delayed, Includes Free Next-Gen Upgrade (VIDEO)
Over the past year, People Can Fly’s Outriders has shown itself to be quite a unique sci-fi shooter, with the game offering a dark and dangerous alien setting, an array of RPG-style powers and classes, as well as the ability to recruit up to 3 players for co-op. All the while, fans were set to brave the title’s intense gameplay sometime during the release window of “Holiday 2020,” with the tentative date being slated earlier this year. However, Outriders appears to be delayed once again and is now confirmed to release on February 2nd, 2020.
The news arrived in a new trailer as well as a new press release from Square Enix, which revealed Outriders will launch for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S this February, with a Google Stadia version expected later in 2021. Outriders Community Manager Toby Palm attributed the delay to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team said to have “worked extremely hard to adapt to changing circumstances.” Though as the game is described as being in a “largely complete state,” People Can Fly’s “testing operations” were not so unaffected, prompting the studio to extend development and ensure a “smooth and issue-free” launch.
It is our utmost priority to give you the best and most complete Outriders experience possible, at all costs.”
In addition to the delay announcement, Square Enix also detailed many of the perks players will experience when the game releases next year. Outriders was confirmed to support full cross-play across all platforms, including cross-generation play for PlayStation and Xbox. Console players were also ensured to have a free next-gen game upgrade, allowing owners on PS4 and Xbox One the option to receive a PS5 and Xbox Series X/S version (via Smart Delivery) at no extra charge.
▪Full Cross Play Support
▪Free PS4 to PS5 upgrade
▪Smart Delivery from Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S
— Outriders (@Outriders) October 8, 2020
While Outriders is being subject to another delay, this new February release date definitely looks likely to stick, especially as Square Enix assured the game is currently in a “largely complete state.” Extras such as complete cross-play compatibility and Smart Delivery are dazzling features that are almost sure to soften the dread of extra wait time, as is the developers’ promise to fix any outstanding issues before the game gets to release.
What do you think? Are you bummed that Outriders is getting delayed again, or are you just glad that more time is being taken to squash bugs? How do you feel about full-cross-play being confirmed for the game? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to follow Don’t Feed the Gamers on Twitter and Facebook to be informed of the latest gaming and entertainment news 24 hours a day! For more headlines recently featured on DFTG, check out these next few news stories:
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