Outriders hit 3.5m players in its first month

Outriders hit 3.5m players in its first month

People Can Fly's newly-launched looter shooter IP Outriders attracted more than 3.5 million people in its first month on sale.

In a press release, publisher Square Enix said that the game hit this milestone between its launch on April 1st and May 1st, also noting that the title is "on track to become the company's next major franchise."

“With over 3.5 million unique players, average play times of over 30 hours and extremely high engagement for co-operative play, we and the amazing team at People Can Fly are so excited with this initial success,” co-head of Square Enix's external studio Jon Brooke said.

“Launching a new game IP is never easy and we remain very grateful for the community’s support and feedback – we continue to listen carefully and want to assure everyone that we are committed to improving and enhancing the experience in the coming weeks and months. We also look forward to expanding on Outriders in the future.”

On its launch day, Outriders was played by some 109.5k concurrent people on Steam. A demo for the title was downloaded more than two million times ahead of the game's full release, too. 

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