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The Outer Worlds Blasts Off This October

Marcus Stewart

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Obsidian Entertainment’s open-world RPG The Outer Worlds (not to be confused with the newly released Outer Wilds) got a new trailer and release date during Microsoft’s E3 2019 conference. The game sees players controlling a custom character to explore a solar system ruled by mega corporations that seek to colonize every planet they can get their hands on. The makers of Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity first announced the title during the 2018 Game Awards. 


A new gameplay highlight reel showcases the game’s premise while emphasizing the wacky weaponry and lighthearted tone. The video also touches on the various ways players can mold their protagonist. Will they perform deeds heroically, behave idiotically, or lash out in an evil, psychotic manner A look at the game’s arsenal reinforces the goofy sense of humor. For example, a gun that sends a target into a suspended state that allows the player to easily blow him apart with a shotgun. A shrink ray does exactly what you would expect, comically reducing a soldier to half their size. Bethesda-style character interactions harkon back to the studio’s previous work with the Fallout franchise. The trailer also manages to squeeze in quick glimpses at the many exotic, colorful locales. 


The creators of the original Fallout games Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky sit in the director’s chair for The Outer Worlds. Similar to Fallout: New Vegas, The Outer Worlds boasts a variety of factions to engage with as well as many companions for players to recruit. A bevy of dialogue options steer the story in multiple directions based on the player’s behavior and choices. Experience points unlock a pool of skills divided into three categories: Science, Medical, and Engineering. The Flaw system burdens players with several negative drawbacks. However, Flaws also reward helpful perks that could prove to be difference makers if players are willing to saddle themselves with them.  



Despite Microsoft acquiring Obsidian as a first-party studio in November 2018, The Outer Worlds will be a multi-platform release. It launches October 25 for Xbox One (arriving to Xbox Game Pass on release), PlayStation 4 and PC via the Microsoft and Epic Games Stores. Due to the game’s timed exclusivity on PC, it won’t release on Steam until roughly one year after launch. 


How do you think The Outer Worlds is shaping up? Are you looking forward to playing it? Let us know in the comments!


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