‘Outriders’ now says he will get an extension without saying he will get an extension
This week, as Outriders once again explained why their latest patch is being delayed, I heard them talking to me directly. Or at least that’s how I felt.
I recently wrote an article titled “‘Outriders’ is patched as a live service without any live content,” explaining how Outriders balances fixes and improvements months and months after launch, but doesn’t launch any new content. by his side, or even announce all new content.
Well now they’re changing their tone and pretty much heralding a future expansion for the game without saying so. explicitly. But tell me how to read this:
“Quite often we see players asking ‘what’s the point? And “why are you running Outriders in such a way of live service?” (also usually in combination with a really spicy hot take like “dead gaem”).
When each patch or change is considered in isolation, it is somewhat understandable where these feelings are coming from.
However, all that we have done and will do in the future, will contribute in its own way to creating the Outriders experience that you all asked.
All of the correcting and rebalancing work that we have undertaken to date is part of a much larger plan and end goal. An end goal that also includes Stadia. Everything that we are doing now and have done in the past essentially lays the groundwork for what’s yet to come for the Outriders, while also allowing you to be a part of that journey. That’s also why it’s so important for us to get these fixes right and get the players, meta, and general state of the game to the best possible place before presenting the sequel. “
It reads… a little salty, but I mean, I don’t blame them. No one likes being sued for a lack of content or a declining player base, but at this point it seems pretty clear what they’re saying. Something else is planned for Outriders in addition to the base game we have now, they just don’t want to talk about it yet for some reason.
I think it would help reassure the fan base that some some kind of future expansion was happening even if they just… said it out loud. They’re still too vague here, and I don’t understand what that is for, unless something isn’t officially approved by Square Enix yet. But I don’t think they would drop hints like this if they weren’t.
I spoke to People Can Fly about future content ahead of release, and they told me that if Outriders grows, it won’t be seasonally “live,” but a significant expansion.
“We never said we would give up the game,” said Creative Director Bartek Kmita. “It’s not a game as a service, but if people like it, we’ll definitely do more in the Outriders universe. We have so many more stories to tell, and a lot of ideas. that we want to explore that we couldn’t fit into the original game, so we’re happy to create more content in the future. Everything we do would be in the form of meaningful expansions with standalone stories. “
More recently, in addition to this latest blog post, Outriders mentioned something called New Horizon, which may be a match for future content, although that’s not its actual name. In short, I expect Outriders to get a full expansion, new endgame content, and maybe even a new class. But when? And when will it be announced? I have no idea, and given that the game was released last spring, we may have to wait until 2022 for that. But yes, something seems to be happening.
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