Square Enix’s looter shooter Outriders attracted over 3.5 million unique users in its first month, which is very remarkable for a brand-new IP in such a competitive genre. Outriders probably gained a lot from its launch on Xbox Game Pass, but it still sold well because Xbox Game Pass users got it for free. However, it is unlikely that the game’s word-of-mouth promotion suffered as a result.
Outriders was a major Xbox Game Pass hit in April, and it overshadowed a lot of the conversation in the gaming industry. Outriders is likely to have attracted many unsuspecting new players due to its simple accessibility and co-op multiplayer in a market where there aren’t many new, well-supported online games. However, not all of the coverage was good, as game-breaking bugs and server problems marred many players’ launch month impressions.
Outriders received 3.5 million unique players in its first month, with an average of 30 hours of playtime per player, indicating a high degree of interest for those who did pick it up. With new Outriders DLC on the way, fans may come to the game in the future and continue to play as developer People Will Fly works to polish it up. Jon Brooke, Co-Head of Studio at Square Enix External Studios, praised the game’s launch and voiced optimism for its future:
“Launching a new game IP is never easy and we remain very grateful for the community’s support and feedback – we continue to listen carefully and want to assure everyone that we are committed to improving and enhancing the experience in the coming weeks and months. We also look forward to expanding on OUTRIDERS in the future.”
Outriders has been riddled with bugs since its publication, despite its huge popularity. Over time, People Can Fly has become really decent at catching them all. Yet, certain anomalies – including the inventory erase glitch – still left some players’ saves forever ruined and have yet to be completely tackled. However, given that this is the studio’s first attempt to create a large-scale live-service game, several learning curves may be.
Despite its technological shortcomings, the game has received positive reviews from both fans and reviewers. Outriders may not be able to contend with anything from a more seasoned studio like Bungie and its genre-defining Destiny. Still, it has made a name for itself in that room and will likely come into its own as more content is added over the coming months and (perhaps) years.