It looks like people are starting to get tired of looter shooters. We’ve had the Destiny series, the Borderlands, the Division series, Warframe, and much more. Eventually, people will get tired of the battle royale genre, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. For now, developers are still pumping out looter shooters like there’s no tomorrow. Unfortunately, seasoned looter shooters are growing older and don’t have the time commitment anymore to sit down and play for hours at a time. Fortunately, Outriders looks to change the formula of looter shooters to appeal to a combination of casual players and seasoned looter shooter players.
When you first look at Outriders, you’ll assume it’s just a Destiny ripoff. It’s easy to understand why people draw the comparisons only on looks alone since the setting is futuristic space. The fact that the story looks to have a generic science-fiction trope of “leaving their home planet for humanity to survive,” makes people not want to pick up the game because it’s a story we’ve seen in different science fiction media since the 1980s.
Fortunately, the game shines in its co-op experience. Not only will there be co-op, but there are rumors of cross-platform play. This would make it one of the first next-generation consoles to bridge the gap between competing systems. When you’re playing through the campaign, you could have up to three other friends drop in or out of the campaign. The fact that the game has a campaign mode means there’s going to be a distinct end to the game. It’s not going to be a live game like Destiny 2 was. However, if the game does do well, then they’re planning on releasing more expansions.
Outriders look to change the formula of looter shooters a bit by injecting more roleplaying into the title, a looter shooter. However, the looter shooter aspect of Outriders will be there for seasoned players who want to take advantage of the feature. For now, People Can Fly wants gamers to approach Outriders as an RPG game that happens to have shooter elements. For a shooting game to have the gunplay be the secondary feature sounds interesting in its own right.