The Outer Worlds - new Obsidian sci-fi RPG announced

thaddeus6th

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Hey, kids.

Obsidian, often noted as the original Fallout creators and developers of Fallout New Vegas (although less often given credit for the enjoyable Pillars of Eternity - still looking forward to the sequel on console), have announced their newest game: The Outer Worlds.

Obviously, premise 'spoilers' are below. So if you're in blackout mode then, well, you probably shouldn't have clicked this thread. And you definitely should stop reading now.
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It's a single player, sci-fi RPG (or I Can't Believe It's Not Fallout). The player character wakes from hibernation aboard a sleeper ship heading for the two planet colony of Halcyon. The ship has been knocked off-course in transit. Halcyon is run by a corporate board that controls everything, except seemingly widespread alien attacks. Various factions battle for control (of the galaxy, I think), and the player character can side with this group or that to determine the course of destiny.

You get your own ship, and it sounds like you can crew it with various people (unsure if this is deterministic like Mass Effect 2 or more open, I'd guess the latter) who you can help/screw over as you like. Dialogue options look more traditional (ie varied) rather then just four options at the most. Intimidation and the like also feature in dialogue. Perks exist but not sure the precise format. So do flaws. Flaws are voluntarily taken to give yourself a weakness (say, a debuff in combat against a certain creature type against which you suffer a phobia) in return for an extra perk.

Graphics can be a bit misleading, as things can get trimmed down for playability and there's the traditional console downgrade, perhaps especially now the current gen is knocking on a bit, but the video/screenshots looks very impressive. The style seems to be a mix of sci-fi and maybe inter-war period (if you've ever seen adverts that are a bit older than Red Dead's style but more modern than Fallout's faux 1950s Americana, you'll know what I mean).

I can take or leave sci-fi RPGs. But, at this stage, The Outer Worlds looks pretty interesting. I'm unlikely to get it at launch (for a start, I want to play Pillars of Eternity 2, not to mention wait for price drops) but it seems promising and I'll be keeping an eye on it.
 

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Looks great. Hopefully this is where Obsidian come along and show Bethesda how it should be done :p
 

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Some more gameplay details have emerged.

The ship isn't flown in ye olde FFIX style way, it's more Mass Effect (so, you determine the destination, then it just happens). But, in better news, you can recruit several people who then have quarters on your ship. Annoy them, and they'll leave (reminds me of Dragon Age: Origins). You can also select two of them to be in your party as you engage in sci-fi shenanigans, with one designated leader (alters things somehow, probably with buffs), which needn't be you.

Indeed, Bugg. If Bethesda don't get it right with Starfield, they're in danger of looking like an unhealthy cocktail of outdated and grasping.
 

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