Outriders: Server problems and new player record

Outriders: Server problems and new player record


Last week, the loot shooter Outriders made its debut on PC and consoles. However, some technical problems had spoiled the launch a bit. Even now, players are still complaining about some persistent quirks in server performance. That should change in the near future.

The development team of People Can Fly spoke up on Twitter several times last weekend in order to address the current problems and the complaints of the fans. Accordingly, the studio promised to work continuously on the Outriders servers (buy now € 59.99) and to gradually improve their performance. Although not all problems have been resolved so far, the servers were already running noticeably better on Sunday yesterday than on the day of the launch. The team wants to keep a very close eye on the technical side of the loot shooter and do everything possible to offer the players the most pleasant possible environment.

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Another new record on Steam

In addition, People Can Fly announced that Outriders recently achieved a new record for the number of simultaneously active players. A quick look at the statistics of Steamdb.com confirms this statement: According to this, on April 4, 2021 (i.e. Easter Sunday), 125,143 players were active in the world of Outriders at the same time at the peak time. Only recently, the maximum value was just over 119,000, which was already enough for a new Steam record.

Source: Twitter

‘Outriders’ Has Now Surpassed Borderlands 2 And 3 All-Time Highs On Steam


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Outriders continues to have a deeply impressive debut as a new IP, and the one place where we can actually gauge playercount, Steam, shows that it’s passing by some big-name competitors.

After two days of server issues, things were mostly resolved yesterday, allowing Outriders to break its original launch day high of concurrent players. And that has now put it ahead of not just Avengers, Square Enix’s other looter that had five times fewer max players, but also Borderlands 2 and 3. Here are the comparable games in the genre on Steam, with a few others like The Division 2, Anthem and Godfall not on there.

  • Destiny 2 – 292,314
  • Warframe – 154,246
  • Outriders – 125,123
  • Borderlands 2 – 123,596
  • The Division – 113,877
  • Borderlands 3 – 93,597
  • Marvel’s Avengers - 28,145
  • I guess it should be noted that Borderlands 3 in particular actually debuted on the Epic Store first, and may have been a lot higher had it not come to Steam later, but still, the story stands, this is an extremely solid debut for Outriders, and while we don’t have console numbers, it stands to reason that the Xbox Game Pass deal especially has allow for some high numbers there.


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    Square Enix has notoriously high sales standards, but I do wonder if we’ll get some figures in the next few days here. Again, with the Game Pass deal, new sales would be a bit lower than they would be without that, but that’s what giant checks from Microsoft are for.

    One main difference between Outriders and most of these other games, however, is that it does not plan to release “live service” style content, so we may see those numbers drop off as players finish the game, and then ultimately, finish the endgame to their satisfaction. But People Can Fly told me in a recent interview they have no plans to “abandon” the game, which would mean potential, significant expansion content in the future. As in, Diablo 3 was not considered a live service, but we still got Reaper of Souls. Borderlands 3 also said it wasn’t doing the whole live service thing, and we got four DLCs year one. So yes, I think more Outriders content is coming.

    As someone who live and breathes this genre, it is extremely refreshing to see a game land here and get so much right at launch. If your biggest problem is launch weekend server issues because too many people want to play, that’s not bad at all. And I would say that Outriders is having a better launch content-wise than most of the other games on this list and in this genre in generally. There are no glaring “okay they really did not learn X lesson from other games.” They set out to make Diablo with guns. They made Diablo with guns. It’s very fun. The end.

    Alright, back to uh, playing more Outriders.

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