Outriders Demo Gained Over 2 Million Players with New Patch Next Week

After it has watched over 2 million players download the game, the demo of Outriders will be getting a new patch next week.

To thank the fans for their great support when the demo was released, game developer People Can Fly will be rolling out a new patch that will make life a lot easier in the world of Enoch. They are also welcoming more players to try out the demo as the release date draws near.

There were connectivity issues in the first few hours in the game, which was impacted after a lot of players were trying to get in. There was a planned infrastructure that could handle the raw number of total expected players, but there were just too many who played and so it kind of lagged the system. It was not fast enough to scale the demand so connectivity was bad.

The developers have now made changes on their end to make the next experience way better than before.

Players could see updates from the devs via their Twitter account, but in the future they will need to check the Status Page that they have set up so they can get the updated information.

There have been some issues as well and they provided some workarounds in the meantime, but these will be fixed in the near future.

Here are the plans for the patch:

Resolutions that apply to ALL PLATFORMS:

  • Added a Motion Blur Toggle [ALL PLATFORMS]
  • Made minor tweaks to frame rate output for certain items in cutscenes, however, we are working on a more comprehensive fix for the future [ALL PLATFORMS]
  • Made improvements to cut down on the time it takes to Matchmake [ALL PLATFORMS]
  • Made other minor improvements and fixes

Additional resolutions that apply only to PC:

  • Fixed a crash that repeatedly occurred when opening the menu or inventory [PC]
  • Fixed a bug that deletes player gear if their connection drops out during a transition [PC]
  • Improved subtitle display and synchronization during the “Bad Day” quest [PC]

Additional resolutions that apply only to Xbox Platforms:

  • Fixed menu prompts not displaying correctly in supported non-English languages [XBOX]

Additional resolutions that apply only to PlayStation Platforms:

  • Fixed store links on the “Buy Now” button in the Lobby [PS4/5]
    • Note that while the ingame button will be fixed with the patch, you can still search the PlayStation store for “Outriders” should you wish to already pre-order it.
  • Fixed bug that was causing an audio desynchronization in cutscenes [PS4/5]

Changes to the Demo

A backend update to the demo will be done during a short maintenance on Friday, March 5th at 3pm GMT. This will affect all platforms.

This change should be quite seamless and will not require you to download a patch. We are pre-announcing it now in order to give your advance notice of the changes.

Some of these changes, specifically those related to enemies, are in response to feedback we’ve seen coming in from players as well as what our own backend metrics are showing us.

Other changes are intended to only affect the demo, and may not be implemented in the full launch build.

We would like to issue a explanatory note of caution before getting into the changes: While we have balanced the main game with a certain progression system, this progression may be impacted by heavy farming of gear and/or mods in the demo. As some players are front-loading a lot of that progression (such as by trying to fill their mod library or acquire multiple Legendaries) within the demo content already, their experience of parts of the main game may well be impacted.

Of course, it’s every player’s decision how to play the game for themselves and we do not want to prevent people from farming the demo for gear if they enjoy it. However, we would like to ensure that this process is not overly simplistic, easy or prone to exploitation.

What’s changing?

  • Changes to Captains
    • The Captain mob ability “Healing Light” will have its effectiveness reduced.
    • The Captain mob ability “From the Ashes” and “Phoenix Aura” will have their cooldowns increased.
      • Some players were finding it hard to fully kill Captains who would trigger these abilities, making for a frustrating rather than a challenging but fun encounter.
  • Changes to Gauss
    • Gauss will have his health points increased for repeat playthroughs.
      • This is to ensure that he remains fun and challenging for players who are overpowered at this point in the story.
    • Gauss healing from his ability “Steel Wall” will be increased.
  • Changes to loot drops
    • While we do not want to prevent farming runs (We get it!), the lootcave discovered via the triple chest-run, as well as the store exploit, do not feel to be within the spirit of the game. To that end, we are redirecting farming efforts to mechanics in the game that may be more enjoyable for players to play through and repeat.
      • Epic items will no longer appear in shops and vendors (within the demo).
      • Chests will no longer drop legendary items.
      • Side quest rewards (on repeat runs) will now have a chance to drop legendary items.

Drop rates for enemies are NOT being changed at this time as we feel these are balanced quite well for the average player experience. RIP that captain.

Note that running this backend update now is also a way for us to pre-emptively ensure that such backend balancing can be a straightforward, low impact method of also rectifying any excessive balance issues in the main game.

Other Notes and Things We’re addressing:

  • Camera Shake during Cut-scenes and Dialogues
    • This is not something that we will be able to address fully for the demo, but we are aware of the desire from players to see the shaking reduced. We believe that removing the 30fps restriction during these scenes will help reduce the impact of the camera movement, but we are continuing to investigate what can be done here.
  • Matchmaking
    • While the upcoming patch may help alleviate some issues here, we are keeping a close eye on the time it takes to matchmake and are continually investigating where such matchmaking is taking longer than it should.
  • The Cover System
    • Since the demo launch, we have been paying special attention to all player feedback and have been reading discussions about the cover system in Outriders.
    • While this is not something that we will be able to fix within the demo at this time, the main game will not only include a slew of bug fixes for many cover locations, but it will also address and fix a handful of systemic issues that are currently affecting the cover mechanic on a global level.
  • Items disappearing from player inventories.
    • This is an issue that we are treating very seriously and are doing our utmost to investigate. While our upcoming patch will address one bug causing this issue, we are continuing to track down other causes.
    • In the spirit of transparency, while we do not currently have a system in place that can automatically restore an affected player’s complete inventory, our teams are nevertheless working hard to see what may be possible in the near future.
    • Once we have identified and resolved the underlying causes for this issue, as well as further investigated the feasibility of a restoration system, we will provide the community with an update and try to get affected players back on their feet.
    • Please keep an eye on our social channels and community for further news about this.
  • Cheating and players using obvious exploits.
    • We are aware of a handful of players who are using third party software to alter the game files and save data in their favour.
    • While we cannot go into details (in order to not give such players an insight into our systems), we would like to assure all regular players that we are able to identify cheaters with relative ease via our backend system and that their actions should not affect your regular playing or your co-op experience.

Outriders will launch on April 1 for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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