Outriders will now launch in February 2021, and will offer a free next-gen upgrade

By Heidi Nicholas,
Sci-fi shooter Outriders has a new February 2nd, 2021 release date, along with a new trailer and details on cross-play, and on the game's free next-gen upgrade.

Toby Palm, Square Enix's community manager for Outriders, discusses the news on the latest Square Enix news post. "It had been our full intention to deliver Outriders to you within the Holiday 2020 season. COVID-19 has certainly affected our operations over the past months, but the teams have all worked extremely hard to adapt to changing circumstances," Palm says. "While the core game is now in a largely complete state, our testing operations were unfortunately among the most affected by the work-process-restructuring caused by the novel coronavirus. To that end, we need a bit more time to get it right and ensure that the Outriders experience will be as smooth and issue-free as it possibly can be when we launch. It is our utmost priority to give you the best and most complete Outriders experience possible, at all costs."

Palm confirms that Outriders, which will launch for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, Epic, and later Stadia, will support cross-play, "letting you play the full game with your friends and other players, no matter what system they're on." There will also be a free next-gen upgrade available from PS4 to PS5. Pre-orders are also live now, and pre-ordering the Standard Edition of the game for $59.99/£59.99 gets you the Hell's Rangers Content Pack, including the Hell’s Rangers Male and Female Gear Sets, the 11 Hell’s Rangers Guns, and the Hell’s Rangers Truck Mods and Decals.

Outriders will now be released on February 2nd, 2021. "We would like to thank you for your support and we truly appreciate all the kind messages we receive every day," concludes Palm. "We can't wait for you to finally play Outriders in February."
Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!