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Outriders delayed to April, demo available next month

April fool? Apparently not. Outriders, the new game from Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly, has been delayed to April 1, 2021.

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April fools? Apparently not. Outriders, the new game from Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly, has been delayed to April 1, 2021.

Publisher Square Enix has announced a further delay to the release of Outriders, the upcoming looter shooter from People Can Fly.

The pill is sweetened by news of a free demo that will be released on February 25, 2020.

In a statement posted to Twitter, the Outriders team says:

“…. we are 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 1, 2021 (no joke!). We will spend this extra time fine-tuning the game and focussing on delivering a fantastic play experience at launch.”

Outriders is People Can Fly’s first game since 2013’s Gears of War: Judgment. However, the studio’s most-loved product is probably Bulletstorm, which has grown in stature despite being a flop when it was released in 2011. (Side note: It’s currently super-cheap on the Nintendo Switch eShop.)

Although Outriders is yet another third-person looter shooter, a blend of traditional weaponry and class-based superpowers help it stand out from the crowd. The studio’s trademark sense of style (gory and over-the-top) is also very much present.

Take a look at the game in action in this trailer from late last year.


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