A bit of greater than a 12 months since its unique announcement, we nonetheless know comparatively little about Avowed — the brand new first-person RPG from Obsidian based mostly within the Pillars of Eternity universe. Nevertheless, a brand new report by Home windows Central seems to make clear the mission, revealing that it is nicely into pre-production and that it’ll “function many parts Pillars of Eternity followers are conversant in.”
They reportedly embody acquainted spells corresponding to Jolting Contact and Fetid Caress, in addition to creatures just like the Xaurips. The report repeatedly compares Avowed to Skyrim and Oblivion, describing it as “undoubtedly Obsidian’s tackle The Elder Scrolls.” It might go so far as to incorporate destructible environments, with fireplace spells leaving areas “coated in flames.”
Avowed is reportedly nonetheless in pre-alpha and isn’t but playable, however Obsidian is claimed to be making regular progress. The report speculates that Avowed might be in a playable state by E3 2022, however that date is at the moment unconfirmed.
Assuming it is all appropriate, it seems like Avowed would be the type of deep open world RPG that has been attribute of Obsidian’s efforts through the years. A direct descendant of Black Isle Studios, Obsidian is best-known for its work on Fallout: New Vegas and Knights of the Outdated Republic 2, each which has turn into beloved classics through the years.
Avowed was first introduced again in July 2020, the place it was offered as proof of Microsoft’s rising first-party muscle within the run-up to the launch of the Xbox Collection X|S. Little has been revealed since, suggesting that Avowed is certainly nonetheless fairly early in its improvement course of.
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Nevertheless it seems, each Avowed and The Outer Wilds characterize Obsidian’s renewed push into the AAA RPG house after a chronic absence. Previous to being acquired by Microsoft, Obsidian had been specializing in smaller tasks corresponding to Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny.
Other than Avowed, Obsidian is at the moment engaged on The Outer Worlds 2, which was introduced throughout E3 2021. Each video games are set to be launched on PC and Xbox Collection X|S, and neither have a launch date as of but.
Kat Bailey is a Senior Information Editor at IGN