Outriders demo updates target “heavy farming” exploits & balance – server maintenance this afternoon

The release of the Outriders demo has been a success, with over 2 million people downloading the preview of People Can Fly’s action-heavy looter shooter. Next week they’ll be releasing an update for the demo, making a few quality of life tweaks as they run up to the full Outriders release on 1st April, but they’re also stepping in to counter some of the “heavy farming” exploits that some players are using to beef up their characters.

Two updates will come to the game, one via a patch next week, and one with a backend update that will take the game down for maintenance at 3PM GMT today, Friday 5th March.

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People Can Fly explain that, while farming is perfectly fine in their eyes, “some players are front-loading a lot of that progression […] within the demo content already, their experience of parts of the main game may well be impacted.” It is, of course, up to the player to enjoy the game how they wish, but they “would like to ensure that this process is not overly simplistic, easy or prone to exploitation.”

While not a ‘live game’ like Destiny 2, it is still an online connected experience with a focus on co-op, so there’s still an intention to balance the game. The key targets that the update will stamp out are that Epic items will no longer appear in shops and vendors in the demo, chests will no longer drop legendary items, and the loot cave and store exploit will also be removed. However, drop rates for enemies are not being changed and side quest rewards on repeat runs will now be able to drop Legendary items.

Elsewhere, the update will introduce a motion blur toggle, and they note attempts to alleviate camera shake in cutscenes, fix matchmaking, the cover system, and disappearing items for the full game.

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Here’s what’s changing.

Outriders Demo Backend Update (5th March)

  • Changes to Captains
    • The Captain mob ability “Healing Light” will have its effectiveness reduced.
    • The Captain mob ability “From the Ashes” and “Phoenix Aura” will have their cooldowns increased.
      • Some players were finding it hard to fully kill Captains who would trigger these abilities, making for a frustrating rather than a challenging but fun encounter.
  • Changes to Gauss
    • Gauss will have his health points increased for repeat playthroughs.
      • This is to ensure that he remains fun and challenging for players who are overpowered at this point in the story.
    • Gauss healing from his ability “Steel Wall” will be increased.
  • Changes to loot drops
    • While we do not want to prevent farming runs (We get it!), the lootcave discovered via the triple chest-run, as well as the store exploit, do not feel to be within the spirit of the game. To that end, we are redirecting farming efforts to mechanics in the game that may be more enjoyable for players to play through and repeat.
      • Epic items will no longer appear in shops and vendors (within the demo).
      • Chests will no longer drop legendary items.
      • Side quest rewards (on repeat runs) will now have a chance to drop legendary items.

Outriders Demo Update:

Resolutions that apply to ALL PLATFORMS:

  • Added a Motion Blur Toggle [ALL PLATFORMS]
  • Made minor tweaks to frame rate output for certain items in cutscenes, however, we are working on a more comprehensive fix for the future [ALL PLATFORMS]
  • Made improvements to cut down on the time it takes to Matchmake [ALL PLATFORMS]
  • Made other minor improvements and fixes

Additional resolutions that apply only to PC:

  • Fixed a crash that repeatedly occurred when opening the menu or inventory [PC]
  • Fixed a bug that deletes player gear if their connection drops out during a transition [PC]
  • Improved subtitle display and synchronization during the “Bad Day” quest [PC]

Additional resolutions that apply only to Xbox Platforms:

  • Fixed menu prompts not displaying correctly in supported non-English languages [XBOX]

Additional resolutions that apply only to PlayStation Platforms:

  • Fixed store links on the “Buy Now” button in the Lobby [PS4/5]
    • Note that while the ingame button will be fixed with the patch, you can still search the PlayStation store for “Outriders” should you wish to already pre-order it.
  • Fixed bug that was causing an audio desynchronization in cutscenes [PS4/5]

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