Outriders Demo Downloaded by 2+ Million Players

03/04/2021 - 13:35 | By: Robert N. Adams
Surge of Interest Slams Servers

The Outriders demo has been a smashing success —more than 2 million players have downloaded it so far. Popularity brings problems, though, and People Can Fly has been scrambling to fix things.

Outriders is a shooter with RPG elements for 1–3 players created by People Can Fly, the same developers behind Painkiller and Bulletstorm. This Polish developer has been making great shooters for years and it looks like its next big game has a lot of people excited. That hype was reflected in the demo download numbers, with more than 2 million people checking out the game for free in just a few short days.

Unfortunately, popularity also brings some problems. As a developer update on Reddit notes, the sheer volume of incoming players absolutely slammed the game's servers.

"To cut a long story short, while our planned-for infrastructure was ready for the raw number of total expected players, the speed with which those players were joining the demo during those first few hours surpassed even our expectations," the Reddit submission explained. "So, while our backend systems scaled automatically and according to player population demand, they were unable to scale fast enough at the time."

 
 

Going forward, People Can Fly is going to be working on patching the demo to fix some small issues while simultaneously wrapping up the development of the game. For example, a tiny number of cheaters have been plaguing the game's populace and work is in progress to solve that problem. (Understandably, People Can Fly isn't going into too much detail about its countermeasures for cheating.)

2 million players downloaded Outriders demo slice

When is the Outriders Release Date?

The Outriders release date will be April 1, 2020. You'll be able to get the game for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia.

You can play the Outriders demo via Steam if it seems like your kind of jam (or simply add it to your wishlist). Bear in mind that there will be a short maintenance downtime tomorrow morning! You can also pre-order the game on that page or via its official website starting at $59.99 or your regional equivalent.

Have you had a chance to play the Outriders demo? What do you think of the game so far? Let us know in the comments below!


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!