Outriders Patch Next Week Should Make Cross-Play "Viable Again"

People Can Fly released a massive development update today, providing the Outriders community with information about a patch coming out next week. The patch should improve overall performance, while also reintroducing cross-play for all platforms.

There’s currently no release date for the patch, but People Can Fly said it will release an updated schedule as soon as possible. For now, it’s simply scheduled for “next week.”

The most exciting part of the update is the possibility for cross-play to finally function as intended. As it stands, console players can’t join a match with players on PC, and vice versa. People Can Fly is hoping to fix that in the near future.

“Once platforms have been updated to the same patch version, cross-play across platforms will become viable again,” read the patch notes. You’ll also notice a few other connectivity improvements and crash fixes – here are a few of the highlights:

  • Will Fix a performance issue where GPU is not being fully utilized. This should help with stuttering and DX11/12 issues
  • Once platforms have been updated to the same patch version, cross-play across platforms will become viable again
  • Overall stability improvements for the matchmaking service
  • Will fix the HUD disappearing in certain cases
  • Will fix bugs that interfere with players re-spawning in multiplayer Expeditions
  • Will fix bugs with players getting stuck on geometry (including when using Gravity Leap) or falling out of the world
  • Will change the default matchmaking setting from “Open” to “Closed”

On top of the upcoming patch, People Can Fly is also issuing a Community Appreciation Package. The details are still being worked out, but it sounds like most players will receive a Legendary Weapon and a bunch of Titanium for upgrades – along with the suitably appropriate “Frustration” emote.

Outriders server issues are no doubt having a negative impact on the game’s reception, but it’s great to see People Can Fly and Square Enix working towards a solution. Here’s hoping cross-play is up and running next week, and the community can experience Outriders as the developer intended.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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