Outriders won’t feature dedicated servers

Upcoming co-op-focussed shooter Outriders gained’t feature dedicated servers for multiplayer.

Developed by Poland-based People Can Fly and revealed by Square Enix, Outriders will as an alternative depend on peer-to-peer options.

“When we have been creating the sport fairly a number of years in the past, when making the alternatives we made the choice: ‘okay, we’re not going with the dedicated servers’,” Piotr Nowakowski, lead designer at People Can Fly, instructed VG247.

The studio felt that due to Outrider’s restricted participant rely, dedicated servers weren’t crucial to making a easy multiplayer expertise.

“Of course, on one aspect is the associated fee, or the opposite aspect are the technical options”, Nowakowski defined. “And as a result of we now have three-player co-op we aren’t pressured to have dedicated servers – the present buildings will likely be adequate.

“We’ve developed the sport with that in thoughts, and dedicated servers have been on the desk a long-long time in the past, however we made the choice to not go in that route.”

He added: “If one thing breaks for some motive, I’ll say I used to be improper, however proper now: I’ll say it really works for us and the way in which we’re dealing with gamers, it ought to work.”

Outriders is an online-only sport, and sport director Bartosz Kmita was eager to emphasize that the sport does use dedicated servers in different areas to forestall hacking, simply not for co-op.

“It’s not a P2P sport the place all the pieces’s in your machine and you may hack it,” Kmita defined.

“You should log into an account to play as a result of it’s essential entry the server. It’s principally the distribution between what number of issues are calculated on the server and what number of issues are calculated in your machine.

“Even in video games with dedicated servers, some calculations are in your machine, so it’s concerning the proportion. So a smaller quantity of calculations we now have on a dedicated server, however a lot of the issues go on the host machine.”

Outriders is scheduled to launch on Xbox One and Series X/S, PS4, PS5, and PC through Steam, EGS and Stadia on April 1, however there’s a free demo out tomorrow, February 25.

People Can Fly stated that Outriders is an RPG at coronary heart, and gained’t have a typical shooter’s “silly story” – find out how in our interview, here.

Despite the studio pointedly saying that Outriders is not a live service game, there could still be post-launch additions, and won’t be “abandoned after the launch”.

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