[Updated] Outriders is struggling with server connections once again

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Update April 2, 2021 at 1:53 pm ET: Outriders is having server issues again. The developers have announced on Twitter that they are aware of problems and are investigating.

Update April 2, 2021 at 2:40pm ET: Outriders’ developers have issued a second update, saying that they’re still investigating on-going issues, although some users may be able to reconnect. We’ll update this article when the issues have been resolved.

Update April 2, 2021 at 4:29pm ET: Outriders’ developer People Can Fly has leveraged blame on Square Enix for the on-going issues, delivering a statement on their own Twitter account.

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The latest big game release is Outriders, which officially releases today. This game is a co-op focused looter shooter that combines aspects of popular games like the Division 2, Destiny 2, and many more. However, despite cross-play co-op being a huge component of what makes Outriders appealing for many gamers, Outriders is running into a string of network-related issues on launch days. The Outriders team has been staying on top of it all day to resolve issues.

Players have been running into issues in Outriders, including:

  • Trouble authenticating and signing in to Outriders initially
  • Trouble connecting to friends and co-op lobbies
  • Poor connections, network lag, and more inside of lobbies
  • Intermittent disconnects from co-op lobbies

The Outriders team is working hard to resolve all these issues. It’s not immediately clear what’s causing these issues, but it does seem like Outriders uses P2P (peer-to-peer) for online multiplayer, which means one player in a lobby “hosts” the other players. P2P usually isn’t as reliable as dedicated servers. On top of this, many of the online multiplayer issues also seem to be stemming from the requirement of a Square Enix account to sign-in and play Outriders (Outriders uses Square Enix accounts to enable cross-play).

Things should be considerably better for Outriders than they were earlier today but bear in mind that you may still run into some issues attempting to play the game, especially in co-op. Hopefully, things continue to improve for Outriders, since the game is at its best when played with friends in online co-op. You can keep track of Outriders issues through the Outriders status page.

Outriders is available now for Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, and PC. You can also play Outriders at no additional cost through Xbox Game Pass for consoles. If you aren’t familiar with Outriders or these kinds of games, be sure to check out our ultimate beginner’s guide to Outriders for some sweet tips and tricks.

Outriders hasn’t been around long enough for us to say for certain, but if the game delivers it can certainly earn a place on our list of best Xbox Game Pass games.

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