Outriders, the net capturing, looting, and superpower-slinging recreation from Individuals Can Fly, finally has a way to pause, however to do it you’ll should be utilizing an Nvidia graphics card (through Kotaku). Regardless of working as a single-player recreation, Outriders requires an web connection to play, which suggests pausing in the course of a battle was not possible till this workaround. Even along with your menu open, enemies may nonetheless assault you.
Utilizing Ansel, which is a characteristic of Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics playing cards that permits a sort of photograph mode even in video games with out one in-built, you possibly can “pause” Outriders by urgent “Alt F2” on the fly, and rise up and maintain enterprise. As a result of Ansel is restricted to the Nvidia’s Geforce Expertise software program, pausing is restricted to PC gamers, which suggests anybody taking part in on console or with a unique model of graphics card is out of luck.
The dealing with of pausing and single-player content material in Outriders is much like Future 2, to which it shares some aesthetic and mechanical similarities. Future 2 sells a battle cross and yearly expansions with new story content material, and it justifies — not less than partly — it’s online-only necessities with the promise of recent weekly and month-to-month adjustments within the type of reside occasions and different options.
The distinction is that Outriders could be very explicitly offered as a extra conventional single-player recreation, with the sport’s writer Sq. Enix addressing the issue on its site, “Outriders is an entire expertise out of the field,” it writes. For some purpose, an web connection remains to be required, which, past hindering a fundamental characteristic like pausing the sport, additionally appeared to contribute to Outriders’ launch on April 2nd being kind of a mess. Gamers had points connecting with the sport’s servers to play in single-player and multiplayer, for which developer Individuals Can Fly acknowledged and apologized publicly.
The sport seems to be working fine now, and this bizarre Nvidia loophole means the expertise of taking part in single-player may very well be a little bit bit extra comfy, however Outriders undoubtedly illustrates the continued issues of creating a recreation online-only.