One of the most exciting announcements to come out of The Game Awards was the reveal of Obsidian’s latest title, The Outer Worlds, a first-person RPG with a retro-futurist aesthetic.
The team is being led by original Fallout creators Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, and part of the team who worked on what is arguably Fallout’s finest game: Fallout: New Vegas, also developed by Obsidian.
A match made in heaven surely, especially considering the turmoil afflicting the current Fallout license holders, Bethesda, whose multiplayer experiment Fallout 76 has been met with disdain from fans and critics.
As well as being a more streamlined RPG that harks back to the golden age of Fallout with companions and perks, Tim Cain has also noted that the game will not have any microtransactions baked in.
Obsidian actually made a note of this all the way back in December 2017 when nobody knew what the game was, but Cain later confirmed this in a paywalled interview with German outlet GameStar, where he stated that “You buy it once and then enjoy it forever.” (thanks, TechPowerUp)
Whilst we don’t have a set release date for Obsidian’s latest, I’m sure we’ll hear more soon as information about the game trickles out. It’s great to see Obsidian making a return to a format they are clearly talented in, and their values appear to line up with what gamers are looking for after being burned by Fallout 76, which I’m sure will be a successful strategy for them with The Outer Worlds.