A demo for Outriders is on the way next week, giving us all a chance to try out the upcoming action RPG shooter from People Can Fly ahead of its release on 1st April – no joke. The demo will drop on 25th February across PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC (on Steam and with streaming via Geforce Now), and People Can Fly have given us all the juicy details of what the demo will offer.
The demo will weigh in at 24GB on PC and 22GB on consoles, though it may need more space to install, depending on compression and file copying. Pre-loading is not currently planned for the demo, meaning that you’ll be able to grab it only once it goes live at the following times:
Still, there’s no time limit to the Outriders demo – it’s not a beta for a live game, but a demo for a fully fleshed out action RPG – and PCF plan to leave the demo up until after the launch of the full game.
In terms of content, the Outriders demo will include the game’s prologue and opening chapter, meaning that it will be limited to the early game variants of enemies – more exotic enemies and gear will feature after this point. It runs up until the showdown with the first rival Altered character, Gauss, but that’s not the end of the content, as some side missions will unlock after defeating him. All of this can be played in co-op with full cross-platform multiplayer, though for the demo you will need to manually enable it.
You’ll be able to try out all four of the previously revealed character classes, and the demo will allow you to have six character slots. Your character level will be capped to Level 7, which will allow you to earn each class’ fourth ability and try out different combos. You’ll also get two skill points to drop into the skill tree. Resources will be capped to a certain amount, because all of your progression in the demo can carry over to the full game (if you stick to the same platform), and they understandably want to keep the game feeling balanced if you choose to grind for hours.
Speaking of which, the game’s difficulty level, World Tiers, will let you try out content at up to World Tier 5. At level 5, the chance for higher rarity gear is increased, but the drop chance for Legendary Gear is still extremely low. Again, balance. Once you get to the full game, there will be plenty more World Tiers to match your ability, and end-game Expeditions to test yourself against.
Having originally been planned for a late 2020 release, Outriders will now be coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia and PC on 1st April. It will be a cross-gen release on console with free upgrades, and full cross-platform multiplayer so all players on all platforms can team up and play together.