It is almost time. Outriders is the latest game to appear and try to tackle the highly competitive realm of looter shooters, where Destiny 2 has been sitting on top of the mountain for some time and other large-scale projects have struggled to take hold. The game is currently live for influencers and the press, but everyone will have a chance to play tomorrow, April 1, which is always a weird day to do anything. Serious things are happening on this day too!
For console gamers, the game goes live at midnight local time wherever you are. So you can either get up late to check things out or go to bed with the confidence that it will be live in the morning.
PC is a little different, where we’re seeing a coordinated global launch that will happen at a different clock time, or even a different date, depending on where you are. For those of us in the United States, it’s 12:00 p.m. EST on April 1 at 9:00 a.m. (Pacific) and the intervening hours are pretty easy to fill. Here is a map for all the hours in the world:
The most interesting aspect of this launch is definitely Game Pass: we’ve seen multiplayer games launch for free on PlayStation Plus with a lot of success in the past, and it’s basically the same premise, just with somewhat different service. . A launch like this guarantees a certain population of players at launch, and it can work wonders if the game is there to back it up. And from what we saw of Outriders So far, it looks like it might just be up to the task. It’s far from certain, but this one seems to be in much better shape than the other contenders.
The real test of any game like this is always 3-4 months down the line, when people have burned the intro content and are either squeaking with satisfaction or, as it happens from time to time. time, are just playing. Destiny 2 again. It’s a tough challenge: you have to get people to spend their time and money. We’ll see what happens.