I’m a sucker for looter-shooters now like I once was was for MMO’s in the past. It’s true. No matter what disappointments the genre throws at me, I keep coming back for more.

Pushing into ever harder content for ever better rewards. The chase for loot. The hallmarks of the ARPG progenitor genre, another genre incidentally I still love too.

I do wonder if, one day, I might fall out of love with the genre in the same way I have with RTS’ and to a lesser degree MMOs. I worry about that even. Which is somewhat paradoxical when you really break it down. Because the worry is that I’ll no longer play something that I enjoy. But with genre burnout, I no longer play because I’ve stopped enjoying it. So if I’m no longer enjoying it, then there’s no need to worry, right?

Yeah, anyway. That’s a problem for another day.

I think it’s a long way off into the future yet.

Outriders!

This is less your Destiny style Looter-Shooter and more your Remnant: From the Ashes. Which is to say it isn’t edging into MMO territory, nor is it attempting to be a forever game. It’ll have co-operative play but for a maximum of three players.

It has a set campaign story and some endgame activities beyond that but the idea will be to deliver a complete experience out of the box right from the get-go.

I’m pretty optimistic about this one. Far moreso than I was for Godfall. Godfall I wanted to be good, but could see the writing on the wall with what was being shown. Although I will admit it ended up being worse than even I expected.

However, it has received yet another delay. Outriders was initially to be released latter half of 2020. It then moved to February 2nd 2021 and it has now been moved out to April 1st 2021.

Although the news isn’t all bad.

February will see the release of a free-to-all demo, allowing play for the first several hours of the game and all four classes in both singleplayer and co-op. Better still- progress made in the demo will carry through to the full release should you choose to buy it.

Hooboy am I looking forward to this. And you can bet I’ll be talking about the demo when it’s here.

…Provided I can work out what class to play first. Possibly the Technomancer? The cross of team-support and summoned weapons could be fun. :)

If you’re after a bit more info on what this thing is all about, here’s one of the more recent info/overview vids. :)


Naithin

Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.

3 Comments

MagiWasTaken · January 9, 2021 at 4:29 am

I’ve kind of burned out from Destiny, so something new like Outriders might be right up my alley. Looking forward to checking out the demo and potentially even writing about it or playing with you. Thanks for shouting that game out! I would have missed this Square Enix loot shooter for sure if it hadn’t been for you! :D

    Naithin · January 9, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    Despite loving the Looter-Shooter genre in general, Destiny and Destiny 2 are ones I’ve never quite gelled with. Way too simplistic in approach to itemisation.

    Just chasing a single bigger number for the most part?

    No thank-you.

    It worries me that the odd other game has started taking on the idea of ‘Power level’ as the be all and end all for determining itemisation choices too.

      MagiWasTaken · January 9, 2021 at 1:23 pm

      Well, I mainly played Destiny 2 because of friends that played it and since Bel and some others were talking so highly about it. The gunplay was quite satisfying and while, yes, the power level approach can be a bit boring, I really enjoyed the build customization with the different rolls on the weapons and skills, etc.

      Warframe on the other hand is getting too grindy for me, although the missions, updates, and events are creative. The gunplay doesn’t feel too good, imo, but the mods and weapon levels, etc. are a lot better than Destiny’s system. :D

      Looking forward to trying out Outriders, although the 60€ price-tag is a bit too steep for me. Why are games so expensive these days? :D

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