Video game fans of all ages worldwide are hotly anticipating various video games that are due to be launched in 2021. With this, here is a look at People Can Fly’s Outriders, one of the most eagerly awaited video games set to debut on various video game platforms next year.
Developed by People Can Fly and published by Square Enix, Outriders, an upcoming third-person shooter game, is set to be released on February 2, 2021, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S. It will also release on Stadia later in 2021.
Polish developer People Can Fly started Outriders’ development in 2015.
Outriders’ gameplay reveals caused critics to compare the game to other live service games such as Destiny and Tom Clancy’s The Division, though People Can Fly affirmed that Outriders is not a live service title and that it was a game that players could “start and finish.”
The game was designed with cooperative gameplay in mind. However, the team put a lot of emphasis on writing the game’s story, with the lead writer Joshua Rubin comparing it to Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness.
The game’s narrative features a much more serious tone than Bulletstorm, as the studio wanted to prove that it can also write a mature story.
Developer: People Can Fly
Publisher: Square Enix
Director: Bartosz Kmita
Writer: Joshua Rubin
Composer: Inon Zur
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia
Release: February 2, 2021
Genre: Third-person shooter, role-playing
Modes: Single-player, multiplayer
Outriders is a third-person shooter mixed with elements from role-playing games.
At the beginning of the game, players create their custom characters and choose from four classes, each of them has unique abilities that the players can utilize.
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. These special skills have a short cooldown time and can be combined with other skills for maximum effects.
The game features a skill tree that allows players to unlock and upgrade their skills.
Players can use different weapons such as shotguns and assault rifles to defeat enemies, and firearms can be customized with weapon mods.
Players can hide behind cover to shield themselves from enemy attacks, though health will only regenerate if the player manages to hurt or kill enemies.
Players combat both monsters and human enemies. As the player progresses, the world level (the game’s equivalent to gameplay difficulty) will increase. If the world level is high, it is more likely for the player to get high-end loot from dropped by defeated enemies.
The game incorporates various role-playing elements.
As the players explore, they can explore different hub areas, talk to non-playable characters, and complete side missions.
In cutscenes, a dialogue tree allows us to decide the outcome of some conversations, though it does not affect the story’s progression.
The game can be played solo, but players can also complete the game together with two other players.
Thus far, here are few reactions of video game geeks to Outriders: