The bad news is that Square Enix has decided to delay the release of its drop-in, drop-out co-op shooter Outriders to the holiday season. The good news is that the new release window now ties directly with the launch of the next-generation consoles, which is why Outriders will also be releasing for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, alongside PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
In addition, a special reveal stream has been planned for February 13 where more details will be shared, including brand new gameplay footage. The stream will feature game director Bartek Kmita, lead writer Joshua Rubin, and host Malik Forte. Make sure to catch the stream on Twitch at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.
“It’s incredibly exciting to finally reveal what we have been working on for the last four years,” said Bartek Kmita in a press release. “Outriders is our first game since leaving Epic Games, and has grown from an idea of the game we always wanted to make, to the most ambitious project People Can Fly has ever undertaken.”
Thanks to a new trailer, more details about the story and setting have also been provided. With Earth on the brink of death, humanity travels to a strange new planet called Enoch, which is also the source of a powerful anomaly and hostile indigenous life. Due to the nature of Enoch, mankind gets granted fantastical and destructive superhuman powers: the ability to shoot flame, freeze enemies, and summon rocky earth as protective armor. Here, players will create their own Outrider and embark on a journey across the hostile planet.
Outriders remains in active development at People Can Fly, the same studio behind Bulletstorm and Gears of War: Judgement. The game promises trench warfare battles similar to the cover-based shooting of Gears of War with chaotic action of Bulletstorm.
Once again, Outriders will be releasing in the holiday season of 2020 — somewhere at the end of December — for both current- and next-generation consoles and PC.