Outriders is a game that represents the transition between generations of video games that we are about to experience. Confirmed for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, the game from the Polish studio People Can Fly carries with it several of the elements that defined the current generation, from PlayStation 4 and Xbox One: it is a hybrid between shooting game and RPG, focusing on collection of equipment and character classes. It looks familiar, doesn’t it?
But despite the well-known inspirations, the title published by Square Enix has some surprises. Four years in development for the four platforms mentioned above, in addition to the PC, Outriders is the result of a long process of transition to People Can Fly, which saw the departure of the creators of its most famous games after being acquired by Epic Games and passed most of the current generation working in Fortnite, before returning to independence.
Even with a different creative team, Outriders has reflections of the studio’s DNA and brings a mix of Gears of War gameplay, with a third-person perspective, the coverage system and shooting mechanics, with the narrative structure of the games as a service (although the PCF makes a point of saying that the game does not fit into this genre).
Outriders will tell the story of an alternative future in which society depletes Earth’s resources and is forced to emigrate to another habitable planet. A bloody war marks the departure of humanity from our planet, and the traumas are still alive when the colonists arrived at their new home, Enoch.
But everything goes wrong as soon as the Outriders, the team responsible for preparing the ground for the arrival of the colonizers, step on Enoch. A mysterious energy wave called Anomaly (anomaly) devastates the colonization team, but gives it mysterious powers.
Still, you are put into cryogenic sleep and wake up 30 years later, when the rest of the colonizers were forced to descend into Enoch’s soil and chaos reigned between men and women again. In this desolate world, your mission is to hunt for the origin of the anomaly, in the hope of giving hope back to a species that preserves only remnants of the civilization that once was.
A stunning world
The first thing that caught my attention during the Outriders test, conducted at the invitation of Square Enix in the United States, is the beauty of the graphics. The fact that the game is produced for the current generation should attract attention to its technical part and the version we tested, not yet finalized, really impressed. The first hours of play, which show an Enoch before the anomaly, are dazzling: the light passing through the trees and the vegetation textures show an environment that begins to show the potential of the new devices.
However, we still cannot say how the game will behave on each platform. During the test, People Can Fly avoided going into details about PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X (not least because the two machines do not have detailed technical specifications), and limited itself to saying that the PC used for the tests is equipped with a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, top of the line among video cards on the market.
The level of detail and the size of the maps, coupled with the action, makes me have some doubts about how it will perform on current consoles, especially on the standard versions of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which already suffer to run some of the current games. But this is just speculation and we need to wait to see the performance of Outriders on these devices.
How it works
Much of the session – including the gameplay publicly released by Square Enix – takes place in the opening chapter of Outriders, which, according to People Can Fly, represents only a fraction of the environments that we will see in Enoch. Upon awakening from cryogenic sleep, his Outrider is launched amidst a scenario of war between groups that still preserve part of the colonizing spirit of those who left Earth, while others surrendered to madness and revolt.
Here the Destiny game structure begins to reveal itself, with a base on which you can buy items and chat with other characters. The dialogues are surprisingly long for a game of the genre, even with extra options that allow you to discover more about the world and the NPCs. The equipment system and even the menus are similar to the model popularized by Bungie in the current generation, with armor and weapons divided by rarity and power level.
The story’s progression dynamics, divided between main and side missions, also tries to emulate that of games as a service, but with a catch: instead of a fixed base, you will take it with you throughout your journey through Enoch, for through a customizable truck (which, unfortunately, we won’t be able to drive).
On the battlefield, Outriders best shows the results of their combination of family events. The first of them, directly transported from the times of Gears of War: Judgment, is the feeling of heaviness of the weapons and, mainly, the kick of the machine guns when it comes to lowering the finger on the trigger – something rare to see in the Destinys of life.
The second, and most important, is the use of your character’s powers. Altered by the events of Anomaly, your character develops the ability to manipulate different types of elements. This translates into four classes of play, three of which were revealed during the test: Pyromancer, a medium-distance fire trigger; Trickster, union of time and light control with teleports and long-distance strikes; and Devastator, manipulator of the ground with melee blows.
I played with Trickster and Devastator, and it didn’t take long for my character to become practically a God among the rank and file of Outriders missions, either disintegrating bodies with the Trickster light sword, or defeating six enemies at once with the wave. of land created with a Devastator punch.
Each class will have an extensive skill tree, divided into three different subclasses, but you will not need to follow one of the branches to the letter, which indicates a powerful arsenal available to the player at the most decisive moments of the adventure.
When we move to cooperative mode, in which up to three players can join the fight, the imbalance in your favor is huge. When it came time to test the cooperative mode, our group had so many powers at their disposal that it didn’t even bother to use the little walls to hide.
But, for those interested in challenges, Outriders found a way to offer them with fifteen levels of difficulty, called World Tier, which interfere with enemy levels and the item delivery rate. The most interesting thing is that the levels can be adjusted automatically: if you defeat many opponents without dying, the level of difficulty of the game increases; if you die many times, the difficulty decreases.
At first glance, Outriders does not seem to offer any outstanding elements, but with control in hand, the experience appears to be competent and fun. In addition to the promise of an adventure that goes through several biomes and an RPG with the intention of delving deeper into dialogues than other loot shooting games, the People Can Fly game can win over players.
Fortnite: Champion Series third week results
Another qualifying round for the third week of the Fortnite Champion Series has ended. The seven competitive regions had their results released. After three rounds of intense competition, the pairs begin to shape what will be the next few weeks. With only a week to go from the Fortnite Champion Series, it will be decided on the last battery of points.
With no apparent rule-breaking attacks this week, we saw one of the best teams in Europe claiming their first win at the FNCS. A West NA pair survived their relatively new East NA competition and Oceania continues to produce similar results week by week. You can consult the results of the second week for a complete list of qualified doubles up to that point. Now let’s dive deeply into the action of the third week of FNCS.
The duo Mitr0 and Crr took first place in the third week of the European Fortnite Champion Series. They won 43 points and won their first qualification for the FNCS qualifiers in two weeks. Even without any Victory Royale, Mitr0 and Crr made several eliminations, making a total difference. Each player took home $ 2.5K USD for their efforts in the finals.
SRN Hardfind and AstroSMZ closely followed the winners with 41 points. The road to success was a little different, with just 18 eliminations. However, they consistently earned placement points and had only a worse finish than 15th place. This week marks his second qualifying for batteries. The pairs of Sy Kyzen and Sy Clement, c4loverKubx and KamiFN and MCES Andilex and LeStream Nayte won their third qualifying for drums, with a top 20 this week.
Eastern Semi-Finals NA
The incredible Cented and NRG Edgey showed off their talent in the third week of the Fortnite Champion Series with their first big win in eastern NA. Cented and Edgey will do well in the standings after getting 59 points and a Victory Royale. This pair finished in the top ten in just one game and took home $ 2.25K each and their third battery qualification.
Captain Knight and Captain Shark achieved another impressive result with a second result in the third week. They got 26 eliminations en route to 52 points in total. They will participate in sleeves and continue to impress each week.
Twitch star Tfue and controller spotlight Scoped followed the performance of first place in the semifinals, with third place in the final three of the week. After not qualifying for the finals in weeks one and two, Tfue and Scoped took off and decided to secure a spot in the heats. They did just that with 47 points and a Victory Royale. 100T Ceice and Bizzle join Edgey and Cented as the only two pairs to be in the top 20 in three weeks.
Western Semi-Finals NA
Powur and Favs added 50 points from six games and won the Fortnite Champion Series final three of the week. These two achieved more eliminations than any other duo and did not even need a Victory Royale to take first place. Favs and Powur were in the top ten in five of their six games, proving how much consistency counts in Fortnite. These two won a total of $ 3,000 for their efforts in the finals.
Stohkd and VANISH IREWQ were six points below the first, but ended up winning their first qualification, with a second place. In six matches, Stohkd and IREWQ achieved a Victory Royale and 22 eliminations in total. Several doubles, including Thomuss and wavyjacob, as well as CLG Symetrical and Leno, reached third place in this week’s top 20.
Jahlyn and Parpy won the tiebreaker and took first place in the third week of the Oceania Fortnite Champion Series. Despite combining points with the outstanding Gooboz and dignified, jahlyn and Parpy agreed with the eliminations, which yielded the victory. After qualifying last week, jahlyn and parpy celebrated their first win with 32 eliminations and 53 points. Gooboz and digno took second place for the second time in three weeks, each earning $ 400 USD and their second battery qualification. This week’s top ten players will also join Gooboz and will also be worthy of qualifiers.
R4J4DA and B4 TarzaN combined the OCE winners with 53 points to achieve victory in the region of Brazil. Despite falling slightly behind their competitors in the elimination column, R4J4DA and Tarzan had an average placement of 9.5 in six matches. Their consistent ability to earn placement points has elevated them above competitors. The two players raised $ 1,500 and will join the Brazil FNCS Qualifiers in two weeks.
After finishing in fifth place last week, Maufin and Bob added an impressive 65 points to win their second qualification in the Asian FNCS Heats qualifiers. Their display included only 28 eliminations, but the two finished no less than 12th in their six matches. With an average placement of 6th, Maufin and Bob did not need a significant amount of eliminations to win. Peterpan and FaxFox, three heats, came in second, while conducting a clinic with 43 eliminations. This week’s top ten players will advance to the next round.
Fortnite: why are the pros making it competitive? Ninja and SypherPK explain.
The days go by and when you open social networks you are faced with a professional giving up the scenario. Players Ninja and SypherPK discussed what is happening to people getting away with Fortnite. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Ali “SypherPK” Hassan are more focused on content production than the competitive landscape. So, it was very interesting to hear what they had to say about the growing number of professionals who gave up competing.
In the last few days, the bombshell has come from Harrison “Psalm” Chang’s withdrawal from the competition. Since winning 2nd place in the solo World Cup finals, he has been in decline. The player revealed that he has plans to dedicate himself to the new Riot Games game, Valorant.
Psalm at 24 is one of the biggest boomers in the game. Known as META Master, a strategic knowledge and a lot of notion of game has made him evolve since he was 13 years old. All of this made him take 2nd place in the solo finals of the World Cup and breaking $ 1,800,000. Practically 1 year after that big moment, Salmo is entering another life-changing event. Then announcing his departure from Fortnite to pursue new competitive experiences.
Salmo revealed that his dream is to be one of the most decorated contestants in the history of electronic games. He can be considered one of the most successful players in the history of Esports, with a plethora of titles.
In the last decade, Psalm achieved the following:
- Top 20 Heroes of Newerth ladder;
- Diamond Starcraft II S1 (highest at the time);
- DotA 2 semi-pro (this one I regret quitting);
- CS:GO Global Elite;
- Top 70 Overwatch S1 ladder;
- Best HotS pro in NA;
- 2nd at FN World Cup;
- Hit D3 in LoL in 2 months (brand new).
Ninja and SypherPK commented on Salmo’s withdrawal, his possible move to Valorant, Sypher said “He is obviously very talented, but he was always the guy who used his brain, not necessarily the most sophisticated mechanics, but at the end of the day, Valorant will demand an insane amount. Aiming ability. ”
Sypher did not mean that Salmo would not have the necessary mechanical skill, but he explains that adaptation in Valorant will not be easy. This change will be very impactful for the player. He still hints that in the case of Psalm, due to his experience in competing in several games, he could easily be a very successful player in Counter Strike Global Offensive for example. This bodes well for your future in Valorant, as the game has a mix of CS:GO and Overwatch.
Following the conversation, Ninja reveals: “If you’re doing well at Fortnite right now and you’re enjoying it, there’s no reason to change.” He adds, “Even if you’re doing well, you can get tired of Fortnite’s competitiveness”.
As for the reasoning of Fortnite professionals who leave the competitive landscape, they mention some issues that influence their choice. Since the failures that kill them for no reason, players who go without playing can affect the player. They also mentioned the other problems associated with these open online events, such as the team building and flow sniping scandals that have been making headlines recently.
What is expected?
The pair agreed that Valorant will be policed much better than Fornite, speaking of the competitive scene. For them, it is much easier in a 5×5 game than a Battle Royale game. For professional Fortnite players, small changes are ignored by the developers. It is these changes that make a huge difference in the game, and that in most cases, cause players to lose interest in competing.
This article ends with a criticism of EPIC. If Fortnite cannot work with the main concepts of competitive integrity or, at least, fix it in the summer, VALORANT could be the real “Fortnite killer”.
Fortnite: who are the best players in the world?
With a competitive landscape still in its infancy, Fortnite didn’t need many championships to reveal great professional players. It’s been almost three years since the game’s release, and giant names like Tyler “Ninja”, Turner “TFue” and Kyle “Bugha” have gained prominence in Epic Games’ battle royale. Many other pro players and streamers are also part of the hall of the best players in one of the most played games today.
Great Fortnite players also benefit from Epic Games’ strategy to foster competition through big payouts. The first Fortnite World Cup alone distributed US$ 30 million, being the second largest prize in the history of eSports. And, with an outstanding talent, the best players gain even more prominence in the community due to achievements that are often unrelated to competitions.
Check out the top seven Fortnite players in the world:
Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf
Winner of the first Fortnite World Cup, Bugha emerged into the world after collecting the $ 3 million prize last year. Despite not being able to remain at the top of the tournaments since then, the player has all the potential to be able to shine again in the competitive scenario. Before the World Cup, for example, he had already won Friday Fortnite 2019: Week 6 and the Fortnite World Cup Online Open: Week 1.
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins
It is impossible to name a list of Fortntite players without mentioning Ninja. Tyler Blevins has become, not only for the Epic Games battle royale, but for the whole world, one of the main references in the gaming world. Despite not having brilliant performances in the competitive scene, Ninja did not need to win a major title to be recognized by the scene.
Currently dedicating himself full time to streams, he was the first popular figure to receive a skin within the game. Such importance of Ninja for the battle royale of Epic Games, the developer paid tribute and immortalized the player forever.
Turner “Tfue” Tenney
Unlike Ninja, Tfue knew how to divide attention between the competitive landscape of Fortnite and the life of a streamer. Still competing, Turner has the most recent appearance with a second place in the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS). However, he has several other career achievements within the battle royale.
The most recent was last year, when Tfue won the Fortnite World Cup Online Open: Week 3 – North America East. Prior to that, in 2018, he ranked first in Fortnite Fall Skirmish: Week 6 – TwitchCon Finals: Heat 1 and in weeks 2, 4 and 6 of Fortnite Fall Skirmish.
Trevor “Funk” Siegler
A FaZe Clan player, Funk has a long and successful career in Fortnite. At just 24 years old, he has already managed to prove his performance in the competitive battle royale scene. Despite finishing in 99th place at the Epic Games World Cup, the other five first places he won over the years 2018 and 2019 show that he can go even further.
The first prize came at the Red Bull Rise Till Dawn, when he was still defending SoaR Gaming. Still in 2018 and playing for the same organization, he secured Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 6. The good performances yielded the hiring for FaZe, where Funk moved last year. There, he secured weeks 5, 7 and 8 of Friday Fortnite 2019.
Nate “Nate Hill” Hill
Also defending the FaZe Clan, Nate Hill first appeared on eSport in late 2018. At the time, without wearing the shirt of any organization, he secured first place in Fortnite Summer Skirmish: Week 6 and good positions in the following weeks, as the second and fourth place. The latter, already representing FaZe.
Despite signing two years ago, the player’s first placements for the team happened almost 12 months later. However, it ended up winning in double dose. That’s because Nate Hill was able to secure two consecutive weeks of Friday Fortnite 2019, writing the name once and for all among the greats of battle royale.
Ali “Myth” Kabbani
Representing TeamSolo Mid, Myth is one of the greatest Fortnite legends. Just like Ninja is far from having a successful competitive career. However, everything the player and streamer did on the platform was marked for battle royale players. One of the pioneers to enter the game with an organization, Ali Kabbani has as one of the main achievements only a Friday Fortnite.
Dennis “Cloakzy” Lepore
A former FaZe Clan player, cloakzy currently appears in Fortnite only as a streamer. However, he managed to prove, at the time that he defended the organization, quality as a competitive player. With most eSport appearances in 2018, Dennis showed that he had a lot of future ahead in the competitive battle royale scene if he kept up the intense pace.
Of the few tournaments he participated in, he managed to secure two first place and always competed for the top of the competitions. However, from the middle of last year, the player had an intense fight with the FaZe Clan after contractual differences.