Although the reveal of The Outer Worlds was viewed by many as a major diss aimed at Bethesda, co-directors Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky shot down this rumor, saying the timing was "purely accidental". This is but one of many questions that Cain and Boyarsky answered in a rapid-fire interview yesterday. Other topics covered include Microsoft's acquisition of Obsidian Entertainment, The Outer Worlds gameplay features, character customization features, and much more.
For starters, after The Outer Worlds' gameplay footage was released, it was uncertain if the game would have a third-person option, so both Cain and Boyarsky reveal in the interview that it will not have such a feature. The two were also asked about extraterrestrials being featured in the game, and while intelligent aliens won't be included, Boyarsky did confirm that there will be alien life forms.
Furthermore, excluding moons, space stations, asteroids, and dwarf planets, The Outer Worlds players have the option to travel to two different "worlds". Additionally, while the game will not feature an honor system, there will be a reputation system that players must take into account. Furthermore, a player's character can develop flaws, though little details were given regarding what those will be.
Numerous questions asked in this interview about The Outer Worlds highlighted character customization, and it seems players will have a considerable amount of freedom in this area. Other important topics covered by the co-directors include the fact that Obsidian wants players to have the option to "mod" the game, and the studio "hopes" the game will run at 60 fps on consoles, along with 4k resolution. Cain and Boyarsky also stated that DLC worlds may be an option in the future.
Despite The Outer Worlds having only been announced two months ago, Cain guarantees that the game will release in 2019. While this is exciting in and of itself, it is almost just as exciting that both co-directors quickly denied any possibility of there being microtransactions in The Outer Worlds. Although there will be no concrete way to examine whether The Outer Worlds will be a good game or not until its release, everything that Obsidian Entertainment has shown and revealed thus far will likely leave classic Fallout fans craving more.
The Outer Worlds is set to release at some point in 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Game Informer – YouTube