Outriders is set to launch its first major expansion, Worldslayer, on Tuesday, June 28 next week, and right now the game is running a special promotion where it’s all free download and play until tomorrow, Thursday June 23. Technically I’m a few days late with the booster here, and Square Enix is apparently stopping this promotion this weekend to see if people are hooked enough to buy the full game before Monday when the expansion launches at 40 $.
Can you beat the Outriders campaign in one day? Probably, if you really go for it and the difficulty is low. But even a few hours should give you an impression of the game, and as a resident loot-shooter expert, following high-profile failures like Anthem and Marvel’s Avengers, I actually consider Outriders a rare achievement in this genre, at least in terms of how it plays. They’ve really, really managed to sweep away all of Diablo’s best lessons and mechanics, and the game is both extremely fun to play once you’ve kicked off the combat loop (hint, almost never use cover, which is for enemies, not you), and it has some very, very robust endgame loot and leveling loops that will only grow further in the Worldslayer expansion.
I recommended this game because it fixed its technical issues on launch (although the inventory clearing bug was one of the worst I’ve seen in the genre at the time), and I still recommend it now. If that’s your genre, it’s an extremely solid entry mechanically and economically that I think more people should play. I even liked the story.
As for Worldslayer, I’m not allowed to talk about it yet, beyond the preview stuff that’s already been shared in early testing/first impressions. This would be the early levels and some of the new late-game systems, like a Paragon-style skill point XP system and new mini-trees for each class. I like what I’ve played so far, and I’ll have a full reflection next week once I can discuss it in detail. But what I don’t have to wait to say is that you should try Outriders here when it’s free, even though we’re at the end of this limited-time test. If you can find it on sale somewhere after that, I’d recommend shelling it out as well. I really like him a lot.
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