Obsidian, now under the wing of Microsoft since their acquisition earlier this month, will be announcing a new RPG next week during the Game Awards. The all-new sci-fi RPG will be published by Take-Two’s new Private Division, so we’re assuming this was a deal that was inked long before Microsoft came around flashing its cash.
As a result of Private Division handling publishing, this unannounced third-person role-playing game should theoretically be a multiplatform release.
Obsidian’s official site has been updated with a number of teasers for what appears to be a retro sci-fi style RPG, asking fans to “Stay Tuned for a Special Message From Spacer’s Choice”. There’s something a bit old-fashioned about the branding so far, so we could be looking at something a little like BioShock and Fallout that blend the old with the new.
Delving a little deeper, Obsidian Entertainment did actually trademark the game name ‘The Outer Worlds’ this year, so it’s looking likely this is what the project is going to end up called. Or, well, it could go the obvious route and be called Spacer's Choice, we'll have to wait and see.
The lead developers on the project are Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, creators of the Fallout and Arcanum series, with The Outer Worlds being heavily inspired by both of these franchises. It’s going to be developed in Unreal Engine 4 and will be a fully 3D project, one with AAA production values but a tight scope. Private Division cites Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice as the sort of scale they’re shooting for.
Last but not least, Obsidian has confirmed there will be no form of microtransactions whatsoever in the upcoming sci-fi RPG, which I think is something we can probably all get behind.
Stayed tuned next week then, as things are set to get very exciting indeed...