The Outer Worlds in-game screenshot of a giant moon

[Update]: Obsidian has now released a new E3 trailer for The Outer Worlds, and I'm glad to say it's looking quite similar to Fallout: New Vegas!

While both Fallout 3 and 4 are games I've had a genuinely good time with, it is Fallout: New Vegas that I consider the very best of the modern trilogy. It may have been slightly rushed and the Legion storyline never really got the attention it deserved, but its world-building and storytelling are so strong that I still feel the need to reinstall it every couple of years, just to experience it all over again.

With that in mind, I hope you can understand just how delighted I am to announce that Obsidian Entertainment is now working on a new open world, story-driven RPG called The Outer Worlds. As you might imagine given Obsidian's previous work, the focus in The Outer Worlds will be on exploring the wide-open world and seeing what sort of nonsense you can find, chatting up a variety of companions, and perhaps most importantly of all, making some tough decisions that will have an impact on the overall story.

A very simple example of this philosophy in action are the various character flaws you can acquire throughout your journey. If you find yourself getting constantly beaten down by Raptidons (lovely alien critters, but a bit bitey), you can take the Raptiphobia flaw that gives you a debuff when confronting such creatures, but in return rewards you with an additional character perk to mess around with. Now repeat this sort of process multiple times and chances are you'll end up with a character that has quite a bit of personality and backstory to them, which in my eyes is always a great way to increase immersion!

My little musings aside, if you're wondering what The Outer Worlds looks like in-game, as well as what the story is about, allow me to share with you the recently posted trailer. Have a gander, it's short but sweet:

You can learn more about The Outer Worlds, as well as follow its development moving forward, by visiting either the official website or Steam. As for the release date, The Outer Worlds will be coming at some point in 2019, though nothing specific has been announced just yet.