A lot of big games were unveiled last night at The Game Awards, but Obsidian’s new sci-fi RPG The Outer Worlds arguably stole the show. Led by original Fallout creators Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, The Outer Worlds looks like a proper successor to the series – arguably more than Bethesda’s own Fallout 76.
Of course, you can only glean so much from a quick awards show trailer. Thankfully, Obsidian has shared a nice 15-minute chunk of gameplay with Game Informer. We get a look at a bit of exploration, dialogue, and even a bit of action, and I have to say, the game is already looking quite polished. Again, moreso than some games that have already launched. You can check out the footage, below.
Here’s a few more details about The Outer Worlds courtesy of Obsidian:
In The Outer Worlds, you awake from hibernation on a colonist ship that was lost in transit to Halcyon, the furthest colony from Earth located at the edge of the galaxy, only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy it. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.
- The player-driven story RPG: In keeping with the Obsidian tradition, how you approach The Outer Worlds is up to you. Your choices affect not only the way the story develops; but your character build, companion stories, and end game scenarios.
- You can be flawed, in a good way: New to The Outer Worlds is the idea of flaws. A compelling hero is made by the flaws they carry with them. While playing The Outer Worlds, the game tracks your experience to find what you aren’t particularly good at. Keep getting attacked by Raptidons? Taking the Raptiphobia flaw gives you a debuff when confronting the vicious creatures, but rewards you with an additional character perk immediately. This optional approach to the game helps you build the character you want while exploring Halcyon.
- Lead your companions: During your journey through the furthest colony, you will meet a host of characters who will want to join your crew. Armed with unique abilities, these companions all have their own missions, motivations, and ideals. It’s up to you to help them achieve their goals, or turn them to your own ends.
- Explore the corporate colony: Halcyon is a colony at the edge of the galaxy owned and operated by a corporate board. They control everything… except for the alien monsters left behind when the terraforming of the colony’s two planets didn’t exactly go according to plan. Find your ship, build your crew, and explore the settlements, space stations, and other intriguing locations throughout Halcyon.
Obsidian was recently acquired by Microsoft, but it seems this game won’t be published by them. Instead, it’s being handled by Take-Two Interactive’s indie label, Private Division.
The Outer Worlds is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The game comes out sometime in 2019.
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