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Outriders delayed until April, free demo out next month

Outriders – two months of delay is doing pretty well (pic: Square Enix)

The first delay of 2021 is the new IP from Gears Of War veterans People Can Fly, but there will be a free demo to make up for things.

Video game release dates are rarely reliable at the best of times and clearly this is not the best of times, so the fact that it’s only a few days into 2021 and we already have a major delay is no surprise.

It’s not a massive one though, with Outriders now due to be released on April 1 instead of February 2.

Developer People Can Fly and publisher Square Enix claim the delay is necessary for ‘fine tuning the game’. Like CD Projekt, developer People Can Fly are based in Poland, so you can bet that they’re very aware of the lessons to be learned from the launch of Cyberpunk 2077.

The good news is that they’ll also be releasing a free demo on February 25, allowing you to play the first few hours of the game with all four classes, in either single-player or co-op.

You’ll also be able to carry over any progress you make in the demo to the full game, should you subsequently choose to buy it.

If you’re not familiar with Outriders it’s a brand-new IP, published by Square Enix, that comes across as a mix between Destiny and Gears Of War.

We played it last year, just before the pandemic began, and were relatively impressed by the action and variety of options for each classes.

The setting and look of the game did come across as rather generic though, so we’re curious to see if that’s changed at all in the demo and the final game.

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