Developer People Can Fly has an upcoming update for Outriders which includes some nerfs to the classes. This has come as a shock to some players and has stirred up the community, who are blaming livestreamers and YouTubers for allegedly “ruining games.”
Next week’s update is going to modified some bullet-based skills, like the Blighted Rounds and Twisted Rounds–will be modified so they are less exploitable. As a result of these nerfs, the Outriders subreddit has been spewing a bit of criticism. Fingers have been pointed at content creators, particularly livestreamers and YouTubers whose entire livelihoods depend on clinging to one game and making content about it.
One Reddit user by the name _superchan wrote, “Dear PCF, no life streamers [sic] DO NOT represent us or our progress. Nerfing builds is a TERRIBLE idea.”
Redditors are saying that because these creators are making videos for a living, they have more time to dedicate to farming gear, fleshing out builds, and discovering exploits. Those with lives–like work, children, and social obligations– can’t spend that much time with the game. They are suggesting the nerf will push casuals away by boosting the difficulty and funneling them into one playstyle. This leads to less “creative builds.”
“You guys need to understand that not everyone goes online and watches videos on Outriders or guides or tricks or anything like that,” Reddit user Queasy_Cut wrote. “Most people have lives outside of the game like work, kids, and family that we can’t spend everyday farming for legendaries to get a certain build working. The game is turning into a game where instead of doing ‘creative builds’ we’re stuck farming a single legendary/weapon that we need to complete the build to get a gold run cause there’s not a lot of viable options to complete the run on time.”
Others are offering alternative ways People Can Fly can adjust Outriders classes so they don’t have to be nerfed. One said if “you adjust the mods [then] problem solved.” Another suggestion includes adjusting the AI’s “ridiculous accuracy.”
However, the majority of Outriders players say the studio should focus on who is really playing their game, not just the privileged few who can do it for a living.
“STOP USING THE STREAMERS AS A BENCHMARK,” Queasy_Cut wrote. “Get to know what most people are doing instead of people that are literally playing games for a living.”