You’re going to be stuck with your protagonist for at least 15 hours as you strive to complete Outriders, so you want to make sure that they look the part. The Outriders character creation process is full of options to customize your hero’s aesthetic ahead of the grand adventure, and in this guide we’re going to break down how it works and what you need to keep in mind as you kick off your campaign of chaos.
Outriders character creation explained
As soon as you get past the server login screen, the first thing you’ll be prompted to do in Outriders is create your character. As of writing, you can have up to six characters in the game, which means you could have one of each of the four classes, Pyromancer, Trickster, Devastator and Technomancer. That leaves you with two others to experiment, if you’re really keen!
The only permanent character customization in Outriders is your body type, which is picked right at the start, so keep that in mind when you’re first developing your character.
Under the first Body tab, you’ll be able to change your head type, eye colour and skin colour.
Under the Hair tab, you’ll then be able to change your character’s hair style, facial hair (if you have chosen a masculine body type) and hair colour.
Finally, in the Markings tab you’ll be prompted to add scars and piercings. If you’ve picked a feminine body type, you’ll also be able to add makeup and war paint to your player model.
Once that’s done you’ll be able to see your creation in-game. But wait a minute, you’ve just equipped a helmet and now you can’t see any of your hard work… fret not, dear player! Under settings, then options and gameplay options, you’ll see an option toggle your helmet on and off. Switch it off if you don’t want your quirky looted helmets to get in the way of your grand design.
How to change your appearance in Outriders
Keep in mind when you’re creating your character that you can always change how they look at any time throughout the campaign. If you just want to jump into the game as soon as possible, don’t spend ages on the character customization screen, as you should know you can always come back to it. The only thing you can’t change is your class, so make sure you like the gameplay loop and the skill set before you commit to it.
To change your appearance after your first aesthetic commitment, simply head to an established camp in one of the game’s hubs (where you craft with Dr. Zahedi and travel with Jakub) and look for the scissors icon on the minimap. Engage with the prompt ‘Hold X To Change Appearance’ to enter the character customization screen, where you can change how you look in a flash. Once you’ve saved your changes, your in-game appearance will alter accordingly, and you can jump into cutscenes with a whole new look. It doesn’t cost any resources or scraps, so run wild with it!