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Obsidian's new The Outer Worlds RPG gets 15 minutes of video

Obsidian gives a closer look at their new sci-fi RPG

By: Derek Strickland from Dec 13, 2018 @ 18:29 CST

Obsidian's new RPG The Outer Worlds looks quite promising, and now we get some gameplay footage.

While Obsidian's new sci-fi game The Outer Worlds will be a AA-style game and not a huge open-world affair like Fallout: New Vegas, it certainly encapsulates the studio's stylish humor and core RPG framework. Back in 2017 we reported that Obsidian's new IP, now revealed as The Outer Worlds, would be the studio's own unique answer to Fallout, and now the game is set to fill the vacuum left by displaced and disgruntled Fallout 76 players.


Obsidian showed a closed-doors demo of The Outer Worlds at The Game Awards 2018, and Game Informer got a copy of the footage. The video clearly illustrates the scope of the game: it's a sci-fi RPG built around shooter combat interspersed with quirky NPCs, story-driven content, and exploration. The game world won't be massive--it's set on two planets--but game directors Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky indicate this compaction allows for more robust flavor.


Read more: How Obsidian's new RPG The Outer Worlds channels Fallout

Combat admittedly looks a little rough and could use some streamlining, but Obsidian might have a few more months before the game's 2019 launch. It's possible The Outer Worlds will release in Take-Two's Fiscal Year 2019 timeline which ends on March 31, 2019. If not, the studio will have quite a bit of time to iron out key issues and polish everything to a fine sheen.


The Outer Worlds is slated to release sometime in 2019 for PS4, Xbox One and PC, and will be published by Take-Two Interactive's new Private Division games label.

"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."

Key Features

  • 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.


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