Outriders is one of the biggest releases of 2021 and continues to be popular among gamers despite a troubled launch and persistent bugs. The game hit that weird limbo where, when it worked, it was loved by players and critics alike, but when it didn't work it broke spectacularly.
Publisher Square Enix and developer People Can Fly haven't given up on the game, and the latest major bug fix patch just solved a major issue on Xbox.
While many of the biggest issues related to wiped inventories, crashes and legendary item drop rates have been fixed by the numerous patches released by the developers over the course of the last few months, some issues yet persist. One of the standout bugs affected Xbox players only, where logging into the game was a lottery - and even if you succeeded, you'd be hit with vastly longer loading times than on PC or PlayStation.
The latest patch solves this issue at long last, meaning Xbox players can log into Outriders quicker and more reliably, greatly improving the game experience on the platform. While the Xbox login fix is the highlight of this latest update that went live yesterday, plenty of other bugs have been squashed by the development team alongside it.
Today's Outriders update brings with it an improved Matchmaking and Xbox Sign In Process.
Additionally it includes a number of bug and crash fixes.
— Outriders (@Outriders) July 15, 2021
Other highlights from the latest Outriders patch include matchmaking tweaks centered around ignoring AFK players, gameplay adjustments to the Scrap Grenade ability and Brood Mother fight and other miscellaneous bug fixes that help push the game closer to a state of stability.
Things are definitely looking up for Outriders fans, as newer players who joined in more recently report way less bugs than at launch, having experienced only the patched up version. While the game definitely adds to the perception of AAA games launching in unfinished states nowadays, unlike some other major examples it seems like things are looking up for Outriders as the game is on a clear track of leaving its buggy past behind.