Outriders has once again been hit with a delay, changing its release date to April 1st 2021, and no, this is not a prank, this is the confirmed release date from the official Outriders Twitter account.
An important update regarding Outriders. pic.twitter.com/HHZrq5GIik
— Outriders (@Outriders) January 6, 2021
The title was originally due for release late 2020 but was delayed to February 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is a silver lining though, with a free demo being confirmed to release on February 25th instead that will allow players to experience the first couple of hours of the title, with any progress made by the player also continuing over to the full release.
Outriders is currently being developed by People Can Fly, most notable for developing Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgment. Outriders is a Third-Person shooter hybrid, combining elements of RPG, looter-shooter, and hero-shooter mechanics into its gameplay. The four classes include Trickster, which has the ability to manipulate time, the Pyromancer, which can manipulate fire, the Devastator, which can unleash seismic attacks, and the Technomancer. Characters will level up their abilities as they progress in the world, and dialogue trees are also said to be included (although the choices made will not affect the outcome of the game). Players can also complete the game solo, or with up to 2 other players in co-op.
Whilst initially the delay may be met with some disappointment from fans, it is probably for the best as we have recently seen what happens when a game like Cyberpunk 2077 is released prior to fully completing the development cycle to iron out any bugs.
Hopefully, this is the final delay for the game, but we will provide further updates as they are made available.
Outriders will (finally) release on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5 and PC on April 1, 2021.