Today, the Out­rid­ers demo received some changes, since it will con­tin­ue to be avail­able for quite some time. This biggest adjust­ment among this update is the elim­i­na­tion of a loot­cave exploit that Square Enix deemed not “with­in the spir­it of the game.” 

While we do not want to pre­vent farm­ing runs (We get it!), the loot­cave dis­cov­ered via the triple chest-run, as well as the store exploit, do not feel to be with­in the spir­it of the game,” the patch notes say. “To that end, we are redi­rect­ing farm­ing efforts to mechan­ics in the game that may be more enjoy­able for play­ers to play through and repeat.” 

The update also nerfs more annoy­ing abil­i­ties used by the Cap­tain mobs. Addi­tion­al­ly, Gauss — an ear­ly boss in the demo — will gain increased health and the abil­i­ty to heal him­self on sub­se­quent runs. 

You can see the full patch notes, below:

Outriders Demo March 5 Update Patch Notes

Changes To Captains

  • The Cap­tain mob abil­i­ty “Heal­ing Light” will have its effec­tive­ness reduced.
  • The Cap­tain mob abil­i­ty “From the Ash­es” and “Phoenix Aura” will have their cooldowns increased.
    • Some play­ers were find­ing it hard to ful­ly kill Cap­tains who would trig­ger these abil­i­ties, mak­ing for a frus­trat­ing rather than a chal­leng­ing but fun encounter.

Changes To Gauss

  • Gauss will have his health points increased for repeat playthroughs.
    • This is to ensure that he remains fun and chal­leng­ing for play­ers who are over­pow­ered at this point in the story.
  • Gauss heal­ing from his abil­i­ty “Steel Wall” will be increased.

Changes To loot drops

  • While we do not want to pre­vent farm­ing runs (We get it!), the loot­cave dis­cov­ered via the triple chest-run, as well as the store exploit, do not feel to be with­in the spir­it of the game. To that end, we are redi­rect­ing farm­ing efforts to mechan­ics in the game that may be more enjoy­able for play­ers to play through and repeat.
    • Epic items will no longer appear in shops and ven­dors (with­in the demo).
    • Chests will no longer drop leg­endary items.
    • Side quest rewards (on repeat runs) will now have a chance to drop leg­endary items.