The Outer Worlds appears to be like to subvert the usual roleplaying sport.
There’s nothing like shock. Which is why when The Outer Worlds, a model new roleplaying sport set in a model new science-fiction universe from an iconic studio identified for top-notch roleplaying video games was introduced out of nowhere, there was a real air of pleasure.
Following The Outer Worlds announcement at The Recreation Awards on the tail of finish 2018, there was a collective double-take as all of the items got here collectively. Obsidian Leisure, finest referred to as the creators of little RPG darlings like Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: The Knights of the Previous Republic 2, and the Pillars of Eternity sequence, is the driving power behind this new role-playing sport. Wonderful.
However what actually helped sink The Outer Worlds’ hooks into me wasn’t simply that pedigree, it was the path Obsidian was taking this new sport; this new universe. I’m all for the grim-dark visions of the far future the place there’s solely warfare, or the good tomes of Star Wars lore that might fill a library, and I’m particularly keen on elves, dwarves, dragons, and dungeons. However that’s not this. The Outer Worlds is a take a look at the far future by means of a dim, barely absurdist lens the place firms have seized total photo voltaic techniques in a bid to increase the ever-hungry beast of revenue. And oh what hijinks do they rise up to on the market.
It’s that sci-fi satire of rampant, unchecked capitalism — the place getting employed by your employer means being slingshotted throughout the galaxy to awaken on an unknown hunk of planet — that’s so interesting to me. Sure, The Outer Worlds seems to be a mechanically deep, first-person RPG stuffed with fight, social, and progress techniques akin to what we predict a Fallout sport. However with out having had an opportunity to place these techniques by means of their paces, and plunder their depths, I’m nonetheless actually excited by the prospect of The Outer Worlds. Why? As a result of it’s bought persona.
Positive, I’m deeply concerned about constructing a celebration of monster-busting companions, burying truckloads of factors into expertise to make regardless of the far future’s model of a sneaky archer is, and getting my mitts on ridiculous sci-fi weapons like a face-twisting baton. But, I’m as intrigued by the emphasis Obsidian has placed on taking the expertise as far out of the field as potential. It appears to be like to subvert the usual roleplaying sport with self-aware humor and ties that into its techniques. As a substitute of simply the intimidating or persuasive dialog choices, what if there was a dumb choice? What should you had no enterprise being the chief of a crew or the captain of a ship. The place, when confronted with an issue, you simply say essentially the most naive, gullible factor on the mistaken time, and the NPCs rightfully deal with you want a prize-winning fool. Within the Outer Worlds, there’s! Like Han Solo with out the roguish appeal, I wish to run screaming down hallways with no thought the place I’m going.
We nonetheless don’t know all that a lot about Obsidian’s subsequent sport. We all know The Outer Worlds received’t be the hefty hundred-hour RPG I believe a few of us have come to anticipate after the Fallouts, Elder Scrolls, and Witchers of the world have grown bigger and bigger through the years. However in my thoughts, that’s simply high quality. What I’ve seen thus far is a wealthy, off-kilter world stuffed with the quirks of company branding, which looks like an awesome begin for a centered expertise that would simply increase right into a full-fledged franchise if it succeeds.
It’s clear that growth on The Outer Worlds was properly underway earlier than the ink on Obsidian’s acquisition by Microsoft was dry, however now that the studio is a first-party developer for one of many business’s greatest corporations, there’s an actual probability that The Outer Worlds will get the form of assist that would flip it into one thing far more substantial down the highway.
In fact, we received’t actually know till The Outer Worlds is out and we’re strapped right into a spaceship prepared to start out the primary day of the remainder of our lives on the sting of company house. However simply six months after it was introduced I’m desperate to see extra. Luckily, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer has all however confirmed we’ll get one other peek at Obsidian’s subsequent RPG at E3 2019. Till Microsoft’s convention and its inevitable Xbox One sport reveals, I’ll simply be over right here rewatching the announcement trailer and bobbing my head to Iggy Pop. It received’t be lengthy now.
Brandin Tyrrel is IGN’s Xbox Editor. Yow will discover him on Unlocked, or chat over on Twitter at @BrandinTyrrel.