People might forget that CD Projekt Red isn’t the only developer in Poland. The country shares the gaming space with well-known developers such as Techland (Dying Light) and Flying Wild Hog. Another Polish success story is that of People Can Fly. While mostly known for its work on Gears of War and Bulletstorm, the company has been working on Outriders, an action RPG shooter in partnership with Square Enix External (Sleeping Dogs, Just Cause). Previously, the game was anticipated for release in summer of 2020 before moving to the holiday window. However, People Can Fly today revealed a February 2, 2021 release date for its upcoming aggression-filled shooter.
From the looks of it, the biggest reason for Outriders to skip out on its 2020 launch is due to cross-platform compatibility. As it stands, the game will be launching on PC. But it should include cross-play for nearly all platforms, including the upcoming consoles and Stadia (sorry, Switch). However, the video game industry is currently in the midst of a new hardware cycle. Even today, with the announcement of a new line of AMD CPUs and GPUs set to hit the streets in November. And, it seems as though People Can Fly and/or Square Enix considered that in making the move.
“We’re taking a little bit longer to ensure players have the best possible experience with Outriders, we’re also including new features like Cross-Play which will make our game much more accessible on all platforms,” said Lee Singleton, co-head of studio at Square Enix External Studios.
More to come
It looks as though more information will also arrive in November on the Outriders YouTube channel — possibly including the cross-platform function. The monthly video series, “Outriders Broadcast” will continue to chug along with the promise of Outriders Broadcast 4 arriving next month. The series highlights gameplay features, updates, and characters, with the previous video focusing on the Technomancer.