If you've been noticing you're getting absolutely destroyed in Outriders expeditions recently, you're not the only one. Since the latest 1.07 update dropped last week, the game's been having a bit of an issue with armour and survivability. Thankfully one nifty redditor has figured out a quick fix. It's a fix that's done right by the PC gaming community for years now… just simply turn your armour off and on again.
Well, unequip it and re-equip it. Redditor Thorkle13 shared the fix after saying they'd become frustrated with how squishy their character appeared to be, with damage mitigation being "nearly nonexistent even with defense mods equipped." Apparently unequipping and re-equipping the armour right before the expedition improved the damage mitigation.
The fix seems to have been corroborated by a few other redditors in the replies, though the exact cause hasn't quite been pinned down. One reply suggested that armour is currently completely broken, with the fix just causing defense mods to work again. Another reply pointed out that certain mods were breaking after cutscenes, though that could be a separate issue entirely.
It isn't the first time the old "have you tried turning it off and on again" trick has worked for Outriders, with it being the solution to a bug that was causing the HUD to disappear. Of course, the fix may not work for everybody, but it's definitely worth giving a go if you've been struggling more than usual.
Update: The Outriders developers have acknowledged the issue, tweeting "We are aware of the issue whereby damage mitigation isn't acting as expected for some players."
We are aware of the issue whereby damage mitigation isn't acting as expected for some players, resulting in those players dieing very quickly or in some cases instantly when hit by an attack. We have set up a gather thread for this issue here:https://t.co/Ry1NSX6aj3May 4, 2021
The developers are gathering feedback in a Reddit thread with a set of questions designed to help isolate the cause of the bug. "Our latest patch did not intentionally change any formulas which would have directly caused this," the thread says. "Rather, it looks like there is a bug which may temporarily strip away a mechanic such as armour mitigation (for example) for some players under certain conditions." People Can Fly is still determining exactly what those conditions are.