Ouriders Delayed to April, Free Demo Coming in February

Square Enix’s upcoming looter oooter, Outriders, is postponed until April 1st. This is the game’s second major delay after one that pushed it out of its original 2020 release window.

Outriders was one of the first next-generation games to be shown in 2020. The game developed by People Can Fly looks like a cross between Destiny 2 and Gears of War. After a major reveal event, the game was quietly postponed to a February 2nd launch date. Little news has come about the game since its last date change.

The development team says the April 1st delay will allow them to “spend extra time tweaking the game and delivering a fantastic gaming experience at launch”.

An important update on outriders. pic.twitter.com/HHZrq5GIik

– Outriders (@Outriders) January 6, 2021

The game is set to be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and PC. A Stadia launch was scheduled for later in 2021 and it is not clear if that date will be affected by the postponement.

Instead of launching in February as planned, People Can Fly will release a free demo for the game on February 25th. The demo allows players to play the first few hours of the game in single player and co-op modes. There are four character classes available, and all progress will roll over to the entire game in April.

The delay makes the release schedule for this winter look particularly narrow. While big titles like Hitman 3 and The Medium are still slated to meet their planned goals, some other games have been pushed out the window. This includes games like Far Cry 6 and the upcoming Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake.

In our game predictions for 2021, we determined that delays due to the long-term effects of COVID-19 are likely to be widespread this year. While People Can Fly didn’t mention the ongoing health crisis as a factor in the delay, companies like Ubisoft have cited it as an essential part of their schedule changes.

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