The Outer Worlds is the next big RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, the developers behind the beloved Fallout: New Vegas. While The Outer Worlds steps away from the post-apocalyptic setting of Fallout, fans of the franchise will definitely find a familiar experience when diving into Obsidian's new title. From a deep skill and perk system to wild and crazy sci-fi weapons, Obsidian is creating a new experience that will be original while still maintaining a similar feel for players who have sunken hours into New Vegas or other Obsidian titles.
Obsidian's Signature Style and Tone
Just taking one glance at The Outer Worlds Halcyon trailer, viewers will notice the distinct and stylish aesthetic that Obsidian is bringing to their new title. However, when comparing this style to the likes of Fallout: New Vegas, players will notice some distinct similarities between the two. While the games are built in entirely different engines, the character models and designs feel familiar and nostalgic for those who spent tons of hours in New Vegas. While The Outer Worlds is far more polished in terms of visual style and graphics, one can't help but be reminded of Obsidian's classic game - even down to the slightly mismatched voice dubs in the various trailers.
One thing Obsidian made perfectly clear through their various trailers is that The Outer Worlds would be a satirical and funny game which New Vegas fans will likely find some comfort in. While most Fallout titles lean more toward the serious and dark tones with humor scattered throughout, it seems The Outer World will let players have a laugh as they trek through the world which may serve as a nice change of pace.
Space Weapons and Space Companions
Weapons and gear in The Outer Worlds ooze inspiration from space opera films, books, and games. Players will be able to run around with crazy laser pistols, wild looking melee weapons, and even special science weapons that can cause unique effects. The weapon design in The Outer Worlds is a sci-fi fan's dream, as Obsidian has shown off some wild weapons so far - with many more hidden for players to find next week. These let players live out their space fantasies in whatever gameplay style they choose, so it's no wonder that The Outer Worlds was one of the best games of E3 2019.
But what is a good ol' space opera without some companions? Much in the same vein as Fallout, players will be able to recruit and travel with various companions as they explore beyond the stars. Obsidian has shown off some of the companions that players will be able to travel with, and players will be able to head out with two companions at once. Each companion also has a unique quest line and backstory so traveling with different companions may add a lot more to the story and make each playthrough unique. With different specializations, players will want to pick complimentary companions if they are planning on tackling The Outer Worlds' hardest difficulty.
Fancy Perks, Abilities, and Character Choice
Much like the S.P.E.C.I.A.L system, The Outer Worlds features a rich character stat system. There are six main stats to sink points into at the start of the game: Strength, Dexterity, Intelligence, Perception, Charm, and Temperament. Each of these six stats influences different skills, such as stealth, persuasion, and ranged weapon fighting. Much like most Fallout titles, these stats will also open up new dialogue options or alternate routes in the game, further emphasizing the fact that The Outer Worlds was designed for Fallout fans. For example, taking "very low" intelligence means that players will take a penalty to critical damage, but it will allow players to choose "dumb" options during dialogue.
Once of the most notable features of the earlier Fallout titles was the freedom of choice, especially when killing NPCs. In The Outer Worlds, players will be able to play as a pacifist, or they could spend their time killing any NPC they come across. The game is filled with dialogue and situational choices that will influence both the world's perception of the PC but also the events that unfold throughout the game. The game's launch trailer highlights that players can play as heroes, villains, or any sort of character in-between. Choices, both in terms of play-style and in terms of narrative, seem to be a huge focus in The Outer Worlds.
Overall, The Outer Worlds is likely to be a rich and expansive game that has a lot of feature that many fans associate with both Obsidian Entertainment and Fallout as a whole. From rich weapon and character customization to fun companions and a dark but humorous charm, The Outer Worlds may be just what fans of Fallout are looking for.
The Outer Worlds launches October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with a Nintendo Switch version coming at a later date.