(Update) Outriders demo gets rebalanced after gear-farmers go HAM

Farming like it’s Stardew Valley

[Update: People Can Fly has applied a second update to the Outriders demo in response to complaints about the first. As noted by Eurogamer, the Gauss boss chest will have a chance of dropping Legendary items once again. Ledge gear will remain absent from other chests.]

A lot of people have been enjoying the demo for People Can Fly’s team-shooter Outriders, with an amazing two million players logging in to battle over the wastelands of the planet Enoch over, and over, and over again.

In fact, people have replayed the demo so many times, that they’re starting to build up a worryingly powerful arsenal of weaponry – so much so that the developer is stepping in to alter the ease with which mercs can bag this devastating firepower. The concern is that this intense method of “farming” top level gear and weaponry will leave players absolutely loaded-for-bear once the main game finally hits, and will see them endlessly cream the opposition throughout the main campaign.

Speaking in an official Reddit post, People Can Fly noted that it is well in the player’s right to play the demo as often as they want, bagging whatever goodies they can along the way, but that this might serve to hamper their enjoyment of the main game, which will allow players to carry over their inventory and levels from the demo edition.

The new update – which goes live in the Outriders demo today – will remove all chance of finding Legendary gear in chests, shops, and vendors, though they will remain as rewards for completing side-quests, or as exceptionally lucky drops from defeated enemies. People Can Fly hopes that this will reduce the chance of the entire community rocking up to Outriders akin to Schwarzenegger tooling up on the beach in Commando.

Outriders launches April 1 on PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Stadia. Stay tuned, as our own Chris Carter’s thoughts on the demo should be hitting Destructoid today.

People are farming Outriders demo so hard developers are stepping in [Eurogamer]

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