With the announcement of The Outer Worlds, Obsidian remains dedicated to pushing the RPG genre forward and providing players with an opportunity to carve out their own story in strange new worlds. While the developer has done a great job at answering practically every question fans have without heading into spoiler territory, some aspects of the game remain shrouded in mystery.
So we’re here to cover everything you need to know about The Outer Worlds, including story and gameplay details, as well as some popular rumors circulating online. We’ll be updating this story in the future with new information, so make sure to check back.
The Outer Worlds Release Date
The Outer Worlds was officially revealed at The Game Awards 2018 and is scheduled to release on October 25, 2019. At launch, it will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC as a timed Epic Games store exclusive, coming to Steam a year later. The game is being published under Take-Two Interactive’s Private Division label.
The Outer Worlds Story
The Outer Worlds is set in a futuristic world where mega-corporations are colonizing and terraforming alien planets. You play as an original character aboard a spaceship transporting humans to a recently formed colony at the edge of the galaxy. Naturally, things go awry and the ship is set off its course while you’re in cryosleep.
You awaken to find nearly 70 years have passed and that most of the other passengers are still in hibernation. Searching for answers, you head to a nearby colony to learn more about the current status of intergalactic civilization and soon find out how much things have changed. Along your journey, you’ll uncover secrets about the mega-corporations, meet diverse companions who can aid you in battle, and encounter dangerous threats.
As a true role-playing experience, The Outer Worlds focuses on giving the player as much control as possible. Furthermore, you’ll have a bunch of options when it comes to what factions and NPCs you choose to align yourself with and how you decide to progress through the story. Additionally, the game is broken up into branching paths and has multiple endings meaning one playthrough won’t be enough to see everything it has to offer.
This includes the ability to align yourself with “The Board,” a secret society that’s in direct control of the corporations handling space colonization. At the start of the game, you’ll be given the option to join Phineas Wells, the scientist who finds you in cryosleep, The Board, or go off on your own. While TOW has systems in place to support this approach to playing the game, it does comes with drastic changes to how the story plays out.
The Outer Worlds Gameplay
The Outer Worlds is played from a first-person perspective which adds a deeper sense of immersion. At the start of the game, you’ll be able to create your character and gain access to your ship, which serves as a central hub. Here you’ll be able to select and fast travel to different areas you’ve unlocked and manage your inventory.
Like we mentioned earlier, the game features multiple NPCs who can be recruited to join you on your adventure, with the ability to assign two companions to your party while the rest stay on your ship. Each companion has their own unique skills and specializations that can come in hand for a variety of situations ranging from combat to bartering and more. Additionally, companions will have special side missions you can complete in order to gain more insight on that specific character.
In typical RPG-fashion, The Outer Worlds allows you to make numerous decisions through both dialogue exchanges and physical actions, with both having a direct impact on the game’s branching story. NPCs will factor into this and can be ordered to behave in different ways, like more aggressive, stupid, charming, etc.
Combat has you using a wide-selection of melee weapons and firearms broken down by three categories: light, medium, and heavy. Weapons can be customized to deal elemental damage and equipped with extra attachments like scopes and silencers.
However, you don’t have to approach every situation with violence as The Outer Worlds features fairly complex social and stealth mechanics that allow for multiple playstyles. As you progress through the game you’ll gain experience points that can be used to expand upon your desired playstyle, investing in different skills divided up into three categories: Science, Medical, and Engineer.
The game is clearly inspired by Obsidian’s past work on titles like Fallout: New Vegas, which is most evident by the addition of Tactical Time Dilation (TTD), which slows down time to reveal opponents’ health and give you a tactical edge. This feature is essentially the VATS mechanic from the Fallout games and performs pretty much the same.
Lastly, those looking to beat the game on the highest difficulty, “Supernova Mode,” will have to deal with additional challenges such as permadeath for both the player character and NPC companions as well as developing a character “Flaw.” As the name suggests, flaws detract from your character’s abilities in specific ways while also assigning you one unique perk. However, TOW will give you the option to either accept or deny a flaw, ensuring there’s still some balance to the system.
The Final Word
Obsidian has been in the video game industry for a long time and it’s great to see they’re still capable of exciting fans and potentially deliver one of the best single-player titles we’ll see this year. Leaning into the rich RPG mechanics that made the studio so popular today is definitely the smart approach and we’re eager to see what they have to show later this year.
While a lot of the game feels heavily Fallout-inspired, we’d argue fans are overdue a new single-player experience that’s worth their time and money.
If you’re excited for The Outer Worlds and want to learn about similar titles, check out our list for the Best RPGs to Play in 2019.
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