Earlier this week Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly unveiled a brand-new trailer for its co-operative sci-fi looter-shooter Outriders, and now, as promised, it’s shared a choice selection of gameplay details and videos as part of a half-hour long livestream reveal.
On a fundamental level, it perhaps wasn’t the most revelatory of unveilings for Outriders, with little shown to truly distinguish it from its peers; it’s a “dark” third-person cover-based shooter set in a “brutal nightmarish world” that ticks all the usual lite-RPG boxes are far as classes, skill trees, customisation, and rarity based loot acquisition goes. That doesn’t mean it’s a bust though; it looks to have an interesting premise, a striking, surprisingly diverse planet to explore, and, of course, People Can Fly’s undeniable expertise when it comes to gunplay.
Breaking all that down, Outriders tells the story of a group of mercenaries tasked with exploring Enoch, a lush, untouched planet chosen to be the site of a new human colonisation effort. Shortly after landing, however, the group encounters a mysterious signal, and, in attempting to trace its source, runs into a devastating storm known as the Anomaly. To escape its effects, the Outriders retreat into cryo-sleep, awakening 30 years later to an almost unrecognisable world.