Square Enix and People Can Fly have announced that Outriders has been delayed to April, and that a demo featuring all classes will be made available in late February.
In a statement published to the Outriders Twitter account, the development team said “We have decided to move the release date of Outriders to April 1st 2021 (no joke!). We will spend this extra time fine tuning the game and focusing on delivering a fantastic play experience at launch.”
An important update regarding Outriders. pic.twitter.com/HHZrq5GIik
— Outriders (@Outriders) January 6, 2021
Before that, though, what sounds like a substantial demo will be made available on February 25th. The demo will include “the first few hours of the game with all four classes” that can be played in single player or co-operative modes. Any progress made with characters in this demo will be “seamless” in its migration from demo to the full game, should you wish to buy it.
“We believe it’s important that players get to experience a new IP like Outriders before release,” said the statement. “So that you can decide for yourselves whether the game is something you wish to pre-order, purchase, or play.”
This is another delay for Outriders, which had previously been pushed back last October to February 2021, after originally being set for a Holiday 2020 launch. This new date puts it several months behind the original plan, but hopefully will mean Outriders launches in a good state.
The game itself feels like a mix of Diablo and Mass Effect, and our extensive preview coverage highlights some of its fun ideas, such as the Technomancer class and the escalating difficulty of its World Tiers. For more, check out our making of feature and how mods will affect your gameplay.