Square Enix Has Revealed New Details on OUTRIDERS & the Gravity-Defying Devastator Class
Just like almost every self-respecting looter shooter, People Can Fly's Outriders will feature four distinct character classes to choose from, including the Trickster, Pyromancer, Devastator, and one profession that hasn't been revealed yet.
Although the team at People Can Fly has already shared some intriguing details on the first two classes, we used to know next to nothing about the Devastator. Thankfully, the Square Enix Blog is here to change that, allowing us to finally take a look at the third "burly class that controls gravity and mass to wreak havoc."
According to Game Director Bartek Kmita, the Devastator will effectively fill the tank role in any squad (Outriders will feature a full-blown 3-player co-op mode), as the Devastators are reportedly able to "deal enormous amounts of damage to enemies near them - and survive quite a few hits themselves."
Here are just some of the gravity-defying skills and abilities that every Devastator possesses in Outriders:
- Earthquake: Releases a shockwave in an arc ahead of your character. Any aggressors unfortunate to be hit by the blast will be damaged and knocked back. This is great if opposing forces are massing together - it hits fairly wide and disrupts their attacks and movement. It’s also enormously satisfying - it tears up the scenery, the sound is wonderfully deep and rich, and when you send a group of enemies stumbling backwards you get the impression that they really feel it!
- Golem: When you activate this skill, your character will increase their density, making them far more resistant to damage. It’s a skill that really suits a run and gun playstyle, though it’s also a very useful way to get out of trouble if you’re surrounded. It’s not the most flamboyant skill that the Devastator has at their disposal, but it’s one of the most useful.
- Gravity Jump: If you want flash and sizzle, here you go. Devastators are not bound by the laws of physics and they can manipulate gravity in many ways. With Gravity Jump, your character launches up into the air, where they can hover for a while. Simply choose a place to land, and they’ll crash into the ground, pulverising everything around them. It’s a fantastic way to quickly get close to enemies - and give them a smack in the process.
Interestingly, every class in Outriders heals in a unique way, and the Devastators do so by blasting enemies to death at close range, so fans of sniping monsters from afar will need to change their strategy to stay alive in-game. With Outriders launching later this year, we should learn more about the game in the near future.
OUTRIDERS is a 1-3 player co-op RPG shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe. As mankind bleeds out in the trenches of Enoch, you’ll create your own Outrider and embark on a journey across the hostile planet. With rich storytelling spanning a diverse world, you’ll leave behind the slums and shanty towns of the First City and traverse forests, mountains and desert in the pursuit of a mysterious signal. Combining intense gunplay with violent powers and an arsenal of increasingly twisted weaponry and gear-sets, Outriders offers countless hours of gameplay from one of the finest shooter developers in the industry – People Can Fly.
Outriders is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X & PC (via Steam) Holiday 2020.
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