The Outer Worlds

Bethesda will never allow Obsidian to work on another Fallout game, despite many fans of the series shouting, “Fallout: New Vegas is the greatest Fallout game,” and demanding another installment in the series from Obsidian. Bethesda received a lot of criticism for creative and design choices they made with Fallout 4 and significantly more criticism for the most recent installment in the franchise, Fallout 76.

I only played Fallout 76 briefly for two days and have not had any inclination to play it since.

While there is no definitive consensus on Fallout: New Vegas being better than Fallout 3 or Fallout 4, it is likely that Bethesda does not want another situation like this on their hands, which is why Obsidian has not been given the tools to create another outstanding Fallout game. However, with the reveal of The Outer Worlds, it seems that Obsidian has found a workaround.

The Outer Worlds is Obsidian Entertainment’s new IP that is oddly similar to Fallout and mentions Fallout in its announcement trailer. The Outer Worlds is from the original creators of Fallout and the developers of Fallout: New VegasThe Outer Worlds is a new single-player first-person sci-fi RPG.

The game’s landing page is a clear insult to Bethesda. “Welcome to the future. Try not to break it.”

“Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.”

Very little is known about The Outer Worlds at this point, but the plot sounds interesting. Particularly more interesting than chasing a trail holotapes around West Virginia. The aesthetic of this game is an intriguing one meshing a combination of Borderlands, Fallout, and Rage. The set pieces look like they could fit perfectly into a Borderlands game, the color choices look a lot like what we have seen of Rage 2, and gameplay looks similar to Fallout with VATS being replaced by a time slow mechanic.

We also know that The Outer Worlds will not be a AAA release and the world will not be truly ‘open-world.’ Think of a world more similar to Borderlands, which technically has an open-world, but is actually a series of levels connected by load doors. Do not expect a wide open world that matches the likes of Fallout: New Vegas or Red Dead Redemption 2. Multiple planets will be visited in The Outer Worlds, though and that is much cooler than having one open world. Smaller levels will allow for better level design, though, which is a component missing in a lot of open world games.

The Outer Worlds will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2019. Maybe that will be enough time to figure out that this game is called The Outer Worlds and not The Outerworlds.