Outriders delayed until April
Developers People Can Fly have announced they’re delaying the release of their upcoming game, Outriders, to April 1, 2021. The original release date for the game was February 2, 2021. In a statement released on Twitter, the developer said they both want to take some time to add more polish to the game as well as give gamers a chance to play the game on February 25.
“Happy New Year. We believe it's important that players get to experience a new IP like Outriders before release so that you can decide for yourselves whether the game is something you wish to pre-order, purchase or play,” the statement says.
“For this reason we're excited to announce that on February 25th, 2021 we will be publishing a free demo, giving everyone the chance to play the first few hours of the game with all four classes - in both single-player and co-op - along with seamless migration of your character and progress to the full game.
“Speaking of which, we have decided to move the release date of Outriders to April 1st, 2021 (no joke!),” the statement continued. “We will spend this extra time fine-tuning the game and focusing on delivering a fantastic play experience at launch.”
See the tweet below:
An important update regarding Outriders. pic.twitter.com/HHZrq5GIik
— Outriders (@Outriders) January 6, 2021
While COVID-19 could definitely have had an impact on the game’s development, a lot of developers in the game industry are most likely not wanting to get the same backlash CD Projekt Red is getting from fans about Cyberpunk 2077, and want to make sure their games are as bug-free as possible.
In our last preview of the game, we described Outriders as having “the grindy-ness of Destiny, the sci-fi storytelling of Zero Dawn, and the action of a Gears game. It manages to transcend an overpacked field of sci-fi action shooters to deliver a very solid experience.”