WELCOME TO THE FUTURE. TRY NOT TO BREAK IT
The Outer Worlds is a new single-player first-person sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. 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 reveal of Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds was a highlight of the The Game Awards 2018. The studio has built up a solid reputation over the years for crafting creative and engrossing narrative-heavy RPGs, and if nothing else, The Outer Worlds shows many signs of being directly inspired by recent entries in the Fallout series, one of which–New Vegas–was developed by Obsidian less than a decade ago. The Outer Worlds is also the brainchild of Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, two creatives with a storied history in PC gaming. Their most notable chapter by far? When they and a small band of collaborators created the original Fallout in the mid ‘90s. But after following up with Fallout 2, they’ve had to watch while Bethesda took the series in its own direction–despite being at Obsidian now, neither Cain nor Boyarsky were working there at the time of New Vegas’ development.
Official Launch Trailer:
Unlike the Fallout games, The Outer Worlds is more of a Space Western—think Firefly —though it still has the wit and charm of the best of the Fallout franchise. I’m also getting a bit of a Borderlands vibe, probably because that’s also a humorous Space Western, though it’s more of a loot-and-shoot than an RPG.
14 Minutes of The Outer Worlds Gameplay:
There is no official release date for The Outer Worlds yet, but a late-2019 release seems possible. The game trailer also indicates that the game will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.