Everything we know about Outriders for Xbox Series X

Outriders from People Can FlySource: People Can Fly

From the publishing team of Square Enix and the studio People Can Fly comes a new game, Outriders. It’s listed as a “drop-in-drop-out co-op shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe” that can support up to three players. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming game set to come to PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Alien planet


Follow the signal

Become an Outrider and follow a mysterious signal across the alien planet of Enoch, full of hellish threats waiting around every corner. Outriders features drop-in, drop-out co-op for up to three players so you can have a couple of friends at your side.

What is Outriders?

As stated by the Co-Heads of Studio, Square Enix External Studios, Jon Brooke, “Outriders is a very exciting project for us at Square Enix External Studios. We’re focusing on giving players a true AAA co-op shooter with a deep feature set and strong narrative. The team at People Can Fly really know how to make gunplay feel tight and powerful and we can’t wait to show you more later [in 2019].”

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And his counterpart, Lee Singleton said, “People Can Fly is the perfect partner for us to create a game like Outriders. They have a great history of creating high-quality shooters, plus an unmatched level of experience and expertise in the Unreal game engine, unrivaled in the gaming industry.”

It’s clear that these companies have big plans in the works as People Can Fly has expanded to over 200 developers working in four different international studios to bring us this title.

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Outriders Gameplay and story

Outriders is described as a one to three player co-op experience set in a dark and desperate science-fiction universe on the fictitious planet of Enoch with drop-in, drop-out mechanics to fight…. whatever this is…

Outriders monster

Source: Square Enix

That’s only one example of the creatures you’ll be encountering, though. Enoch is full of plenty of hostiles that are waiting for their prey.

Our journey begins as our character, an Outrider, which players have the ability to create and customize themselves, is following a mysterious signal transmitting from an unknown source.

Its reveal trailer gives us a better glimpse at why we’re on Enoch and what we’ll be doing. With the Earth dying, travelers fled to Enoch to escape the nightmare and find a new home for humanity. Unfortunately for them, it turns out Enoch was much, much worse. What they found consumed humanity instead of saving it. The Anomaly that greeted them bestowed supernatural powers on some, including you, but also others who might want to use them for nefarious purposes.

You, the Outrider, have just woken up from cryo sleep only to find human civilization on Enoch has gone to hell. Enoch appears to be in ruins as shantytowns have taken over its desolate landscape and the world is run by people with the power, but without the best intentions.

People Can Fly have started a monthly video broadcast to discuss new details about Outriders ahead of its release.

What classes can I play?

In the game you’ll have the choice between four power classes. Each focuses on a type of power set and you’ll be able to customize your moves as you level up.

  • Pyromancer – A medium-range fighter with the power over fire. Their abilities lean towards Area of Effect damage and work to cover the area in explosive and dangerous hazards.
  • Trickster – These are hit-and-run fighters with the ability to control space and time. They can slow down time and teleport while doing a lot of damage up close.
  • Devastator – This is the close-range tank of the group. They can control gravity and the earth and can use that to crush their enemies. If you like ground pounds, this is the class for you.
  • Technomancer – The Technomancer is a versatile class, capable of being support, crowd control, or a heavy depending on how you tweak their loadout.

How does the multiplayer work?

As we previously mentioned, Outriders will be a drop-in, drop-out shooter that supports up to three players. Currently there’s only one mode announced: the story campaign. At any point, your friends can join in your run, but you can go through the campaign solo.

Whether you play through the game solo or in a group doesn’t affect the story itself, but rather the difficulty and how you play. The biggest difference is how you can combine your powers with others. For example, it’s super neat to watch a Trickster slow down time enough for a Devastator to issue a powerful ground pound. There’s more strategy involved when playing multiplayer, which some might appreciate.

There are also side quests that you can do with your team, and you can do them as many times as you want.

Will there be microtransactions?

One of the more intriguing aspects of Outriders is that it promises to be a complete experience at the base price.

“We are not a games as a service title. There won’t be loot boxes or pay to win scenarios. Players will be getting a complete experience out of the box,” a company spokesperson said in a press release.

When we asked why the company went the opposite route of a lot of modern co-op games, studio head Sebastian Wojciechowski said that it came down to what the studio wanted to see in the game.

“We are gamers as well and we know what we don’t like. So we wanted our first game to be what we would like, what we would play ourselves.” He added, “Let’s give the players, for their money, everything. There are no additional drops that will somehow enable you to play more, everything will be in, including game content.”

It’s unclear if this means there won’t be any microtransactions in the game (cosmetics, for example, aren’t pay-to-win), but for now it at least means you can expect a one-time purchase.

Outriders When can I play it?

Outriders is set to release December 2020 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. You can pre-order it today.

We will keep you all updated as more information is released ahead of the game’s launch.

Alien planet


Follow the signal

Become an Outrider and follow a mysterious signal across the alien planet of Enoch, full of hellish threats waiting around every corner. Outriders features drop-in, drop-out co-op for up to three players so you can have a couple of friends at your side.

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