Right after the announcement Trailer at The Game Awards 2018, The Outer Worlds has already gone down a storm on the internet, with many players hyping about the game. That's understandable since The Outer Worlds is a single-player, story-driven RPG/shooter hybrid from Obsidian Entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity). Many players even considered the game as the beautiful lovechild between Borderlands, Fallout, and Mass Effect.
And a recent interview from with Senior Narrative Designer Megan Starks has given us a much better understanding of how the game will play compared to previous Obsidian titles.
According to Megan Starks, a regular staple of the role-playing game has been companions, self-thinking NPCs who'll join you on your quests throughout the open world. Those NPCs can often be romanced or antagonized depending on your behavior in-game. Because of that, Starks confirms that companions will indeed feature in The Outer Worlds, explaining how they'll "ask you to help out on their quests and they’ll speak out against you if they don’t support what you’re doing, we want their motivations and goals to always be at the center of their character."
Many of these companions will have allegiances to certain factions in The Outer Worlds and, in a statement following up the interview on Twitter, Starks even revealed that they might leave you if they don't agree with your choices as a space pirate. Speaking of choices, Stark also said that The Outer Worlds will have "several" endings, describing Obsidian's aim to create "a focused single-player story experience while leaving options open to explore the different environments" around the solar system.
Another feature of The Outer World is you can kill almost every NPC you meet, including those who might be critical to the story. “As a designer, I’m always tempted to just have it made so that you can’t kill this person or that person!" Starks said. "But we have a philosophy where we feel like it makes for a better gameplay experience to allow the player to do these sorts of things. You can even kill the scientist from the trailer if you want.”
The Outer Worlds will be released on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 sometime in 2019.