Outriders It is located on an exoplanet about a dozen light years from Earth. No wonder the game has some anomalies, like electromagnetic hurricanes and fire-breathing arachnids the size of tanks. But perhaps the strangest entity in People Can Fly’s Loot Shooter is also a familiar one: people who believe the planet is flat.
Giovanni “Hailstorm” Russo is the target of one of the most bounty hunts you can undertake Outriders‘Middle distance after making it to Trench Town. You can find it in the snow-capped Eagle Peaks region. And if you dig into his backstory, you will find that he is fully immersed in not only flat earth theory, but flat Enoch theory as well.
Usually, you don’t really have a meaningful interaction with your bounties. You will find it. You defeat them in battle. You kill her execution style in a wordless movie. For your endeavors, cash in for a piece of high-level equipment at one of the game’s social centers. However, when you open the diary, you get a narrative and a characterization for each one. Here is hailstorm:
Despite being ridiculed by his peers and threatened with expulsion from the Flores, Russo’s father has never denied his membership of the Flat Earth Union. His valued expertise in artificial intelligence and automation alone enabled him to travel to Enoch. After his death in a storm that struck the First City, his son continued his legacy by stating that Enoch was also flat. He believes that Enoch ends right behind the mountains and forests and that these act as natural barriers that warn humanity not to venture further. He believes that the mushroom in the forest and the monster in the mountains are nothing compared to the dragons who lie as the edge of the world.
At first glance, this may sound ridiculous. Hailstorm probably didn’t see any, but two Planets from space (unless he pulled the short straw and got stuck with an aisle seat throughout the interstellar journey). For most people, this would be more than enough evidence to prove that planets are, in fact, not flat.
But a representative from People Can Fly and Square Enix, the publisher of the game, confirmed to me that most of the people aboard the Flores – the ship that brought people from Earth to Enoch – were cryoslept throughout the voyage and that “No planet from space has ever seen a hailstorm! “
Makes you think.