A new co-op shooter is entering the fray next year. Square Enix and developer People Can Fly confirmed today that its RPG/shooter hybrid Outriders will launch this coming February, and it is extremely cross-playable.
In a new blog post and trailer today, Square Enix confirmed Outriders will go live on Feb. 2, 2021. It was Square Enix's "full intention" to deliver Outriders during the holiday 2020 season, but according to today's blog, the shift in operations around COVID-19 led to the delay. When it does launch on Feb. 2 next year, Outriders will launch for everything but Google Stadia, which will arrive "later" in 2021. And by "everything," I really mean pretty much everything.
Outriders will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC through both Steam and the Epic Games Store on Feb. 2. Square Enix also confirmed in a tweet that it will fully support cross-play across all of these systems and eventually Stadia too. PS4 and Xbox One owners will also get free upgrade paths to next-gen systems.
Though the diagram they used looks like a summoning circle for some sort of nefarious spirit, it's a pretty good idea for a new co-op shooter to have an extensive pool of players. People Can Fly has been adamant that Outriders is not a service game, but just about any co-op game will have to contend with the likes of Destiny for attention, and against newcomers like Godfall.
Still, despite an aesthetic that might not grab you at first, our own Mike Williams seemed to enjoy his time with a preview build of Outriders. It seems like this co-op shooter has a few things going for it. It'll be missing the launch window of the next-gen consoles, but with so many games already locked in for those first few weeks of November, that could be to Outriders' advantage.
We'll see how Square Enix's shooter manages to shake out on Feb. 2, 2021.