Outriders demo has been downloaded by over two million people

Outriders demo has been downloaded by over two million people

The demo for Square Enix's upcoming shooter Outriders has been downloaded by more than two million people.

That's according to the game's official Twitter account, which says that the free demo has hit this milestone within a week of its February 25th launch.

"It's hard to believe that a week has already flown by since we released the Outriders demo to the world… from the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much to everyone who has already taken their first steps into the world of Outriders," the publisher's senior community manager Toby "thearcan" Palm said in a post on Reddit.

"Since demo launch we've closely watched over two million players download and battle their way through the war-torn hellscape of Enoch, and we're very excited to welcome many more as we advance to launch day on April 1st and beyond."

Outriders has been developed by Bulletstorm People Can Fly, who announced back in May 2018 that it was teaming up with Square Enix for a new IP. Following the demo's release, Outriders was the seventh most-purchased game on Steam for the week.

It's worth noting that just because a demo or beta before release is popular, that doesn't mean that the game it's promoting will. Marvel's Avengers' beta was played by six million people, but the final game has not been a commercial success. That being said, Square Enix has said that its huge marketing costs for the superhero title was a factor in the game not hitting the publisher's expectations.

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