The Outer Worlds release date has leaked, and more…
The Outer Worlds is what happens when the creators of Fallout join the developers of Fallout: New Vegas, and make a sweet love child that’s one part looter shooter, two parts RPG. Obsidian Entertainment’s upcoming new IP is especially tempting following the… underwhelming release of Fallout 76 from Bethesda, which didn’t exactly satisfy those looking for a sci-fi apocalypse to really sink their teeth into.
Luckily, The Outer Worlds looks much more promising, as an entirely single player RPG featuring an explorable solar system, branching story paths, customisable combat, and NPC followers than, yes, can be romanced. Time to bring out the breath mints. Below, you’ll find all the information you need about The Outer Worlds, including the latest details on release dates, platforms, gameplay, and more.
The Outer Worlds release date is probably August 2019
We’ve known for a while that The Outer Worlds would be coming this year, but an accidental Steam Store page slip up has potentially the game’s specific release date, which is deliciously close. According to the leak, The Outer Worlds will be releasing on August 6, 2019, which is just a few months away.
Now, we know you’re smart enough to take this information with a pinch of salt anyway, but it’s best to emphasise it all the same. Obsidian has yet to verify that August 6 date, and it’s all too possible that this was an internal, fluid goalpost which could have since been ditched for a later launch window. But a summer release certainly makes sense for a game that ought to separate itself from the bigger launches later on in the year, so fingers crossed this turns out to be true.
The Outer Worlds is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but Switch isn’t out of the question
At E3 2018, Microsoft announced that it had acquired Obsidian Entertainment as a first party studio to develop exclusives on its platform, presumably for whatever console follows the Xbox One – currently codenamed Xbox Project Scarlett. So when the studio announced The Outer Worlds six months later, many naturally assumed the game wouldn’t be coming to PS4.
Luckily, Obsidian had been working on The Outer Worlds long before Microsoft came along with an offer it couldn’t refuse, ensuring that this particular title would remain multi-platform, with the three announced formats so far being PC, Xbox One, and PS4. As for Switch, Tim Cain recently said “he had no idea” if it was possible to port The Outer Worlds to Nintendo’s console, but his answer doesn’t rule out the idea entirely.
The Outer Worlds trailer is a blitz of action, comedy, and sci-fi spectacle
You can watch The Outer Worlds reveal trailer right here, which does a good job of setting the tone and style of the game over the course of two and a half minutes. We’re given the basic premise of the story, in which your fully customisable avatar awakes from cryosleep decades later than planned to find themselves “in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony.”
How that story pans out, of course, is up to you, as The Outer Worlds is made up of Obsidian’s trademark for reactive dialogue trees and choice-driven narrative beats. And is it just me, or does this trailer overtly take the mickey out of Bethesda, right up to the Oblivion-style face zooms when talking to an NPC?
The Outer Worlds gameplay shows off combat, dialogue, and NPC companions
Immediately following the release of that first trailer, Game Informer dropped a 15 minute gameplay demo of The Outer Worlds straight from Obsidian HQ, and the entire thing is worth a watch. The footage gives you your best look yet at everything the game has to offer, including its pulpy first-person combat, feverish visual palette, and an irreverent sense of humour that permeates the entire world.
You can also see your character fighting alongside a team of NPC companions, which are just two of many which Obsidian has confirmed can be recruited, customised, antagonised, or even killed depending on how you choose to behave throughout your adventure. Judging from this walkthrough, The Outer Worlds looks close to going gold, suggesting that 2019 release window isn’t going to fall over into next year anytime soon.
Watch Obsidian answer 131 questions about The Outer Worlds
As part of its cover feature month with Game Informer, The Outer World’s creative directors Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky sat down to answer 131 quick fire questions about Obsidian’s next big RPG, right down the nitty gritty of frame rate and mod support. You can watch the whole thing above, and I’d recommend you do so since, as you can imagine, it covers a whole lot of topics, and gives you a good idea of the kind of thing that Obsidian is going for with The Outer Worlds.
The lead developers of The Outer Worlds made the original Fallout
Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky are two of the industry’s most prolific game developers, known for their work on Fallout, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, and – in the case of the latter – Diablo 3. Both joined Obsidian over the last few years, and The Outer Worlds is their first project with the studio as lead directors.
That’s a promising nugget for trivia to hold onto in anticipation of the game’s release, as it suggests that we could have another cult classic RPG on our hands. Nothing is certain, of course, but the breadth and wealth of the talent working behind The Outer Worlds is yet another indication of the game’s promise as a role-playing experience.
The Outer Worlds is open world… sort of
Despite the frequent comparisons to Fallout, don’t expect The Outer Worlds to feature a full open world on the same scale as something from a Bethesda game. Instead, Obsidian has stated in an interview with RPGSite will be made up of a series of large, explorable zones across the solar system, similar to something we experienced in the Borderlands games.
“We wanted to provide a focused single-player story experience while leaving options open to explore the different environments”, explained Senior Narrative Designer Megan Starks. “Once you get your ship, you’ll have a lot of options to explore specific locations, with more opening up as you finish quests or purchase new passes in-game.”
And speaking of Borderlands, hoarders can rejoice, as The Outer Worlds will have plenty of loot to discover, customise, and equip to your heart’s content. Hurray for dopamine induced hits of unending gratification!