Square Enix’s Marvel’s The Avengers may feature the most prestigious and popular superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but disappointing gameplay and mediocre reviews from critics have kept the game’s playerbase much lower than originally anticipated. According to SteamDB, the all-time peak number of players in Marvel’s The Avengers was only 31,165 seven months ago. (Compare that to another equally disappointing game, Cyberpunk 2077, which broke records on Steam with a with a 24-hour-peak of 1,003,264 players.)
Although Marvel’s The Avengers, a game which hasn’t even recouped its original development costs, might never see the sort of player numbers expected from it, Outriders, an online, cooperative role-playing, third-person shooter developed by Square Enix subsidiary People Can Fly is already making up for some of the ground lost by The Avengers. In fact, Outriders has already tripled Avengers‘ peak player count on Steam, with an impressive 111,953.
Outriders, like any the game upon release, is experiencing some first day bugs, like players being stuck on the loading screen, but Square Enix is already looking into the issues. According to users on Reddit and a direct response from a Square Enix representative, simply waiting on the loading screen will in most cases remedy the loading screen issue.
Outriders‘ lead writer Josh Rubin had described the game as “a very brutal World War I level trench warfare at the beginning, [which then] goes on and becomes something totally fantastic and different and weird. If anything we kind of looked at Heart of Darkness and the journey from the known into the unknown for guidance.”
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