Stop me if you’ve seen this before: big online-only game suffers a bad case of Too Many People Trying to Play At Once, leading to a messy launch of angry gamers and developers working throughout a holiday weekend.

Such is the case with Outriders, a co-op looter shooter that launched last Thursday, and suffered from extreme server issues throughout the weekend. At one point the developer, People Can Fly, shut down the US servers to help bring stability to everyone else.

On Friday, studio head Sebastian Wojciechowski posted an official apology: “As developer, who’ve been working super hard for the last five years to make this game awesome, we really hope that you will judge the game rather than those teething troubles related to server issues. It is frustrating for you and it is frustrating for us. Sorry for your inconvenience.”

Like many online-only games, Outriders can be played entirely in single player, making server issues even more frustrating for those who have no desire to play online.

Servers became stabilized around Sunday, and today things seem to be running smoothly. If you’re still having issues, a possible workaround involves not selecting Continue in the lobby, but instead selecting a starting point and launching from there.

The official Outriders social media account is “hoping in the near future to share more specific details about what’s going on and what we’ve been doing about it.”

Outriders is available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Stadia. It’s rated M for Mature.


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