There’s no doubt that a plethora of gamers are eagerly anticipating the release of Obsidian Entertainment’s first-person RPG The Outer Worlds, but despite a potential release date leak, there’s still no telling exactly when the title will become available. Until The Outer Worlds officially drops, though, it’s safe to say that the developer will continue to eke out information about the forthcoming game, with Obsidian recently teasing it will contain a survival mode of sorts.
According to Obsidian Entertainment‘s Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, The Outer Worlds will allow players to choose a difficulty which best fits their preferred style of play, whether it’s to simply enjoy the story at a leisurely pace or experience a much harder challenge. For those in the latter camp, the game will provide a difficulty mode called “Supernova”, which will have players heeding hunger, thirst, and exhaustion meters that require one to eat, drink, and sleep. Certain penalties will accrue if these needs aren’t met.
Since many gamers often presume survival modes and crafting go hand-in-hand, it’s worth noting that The Outer Worlds won’t explicitly be including the latter mechanic as a gameplay feature in the title’s Supernova mode. Although crafting won’t be an outright feature, Obsidian has assured potential players that no matter the difficulty setting, they will be able to mod and tinker with weapons and armor to suit different combat tactics by finding various parts scattered throughout the world.
While The Outer Worlds‘ inclusion of a survival experience via its Supernova difficulty setting will likely please many players, some may be disappointed in the game’s scaled back approach to crafting via weapon and armor mods. After all, lots of gamers would argue that Obsidian did a decent job of working the feature into Fallout: New Vegas with one being able to create custom ammunition, custom weapons, as well as food and medicinal items.
At this point, The Outer Worlds is definitely showing plenty of promise when it comes to serving up a solid first-person RPG experience. Plus, with Obsidian having such a storied history within the role-playing genre, many are expecting great things from the studio with this project. That said, though, we will simply have to wait and find out if the game delivers the goods once its launches later this year.
The Outer Worlds is scheduled for release at some point in 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: The Game Informer Show