Avowed Has Had a Reboot of Sorts and May Be Further Away Than Anticipated [RUMOR]
While yesterday's Xbox & Bethesda Game Showcase was packed with games, it did not feature Obsidian's Avowed in any kind or form, much to the disappointment of fans.
Originally unveiled almost two years ago with a trailer that nodded to Skyrim with its dual wielding of weapons and spells, the first-person RPG Avowed was supposed to be shown again last year according to Obsidian itself, but that did not happen.
With the game seemingly disappearing from radars, you may be wondering what's happening behind the scenes. According to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, Avowed is not in development hell but it has received a reboot of sorts between late 2020 and early 2021, and it also replaced several game directors.
- My understanding, based on conversations with multiple people close to Obsidian not named Chris Avellone, is that Avowed has gone through multiple reboots and lost/replaced several directors and leads last year. As I said on Twitter, that's why I don't expect it to be out any time in the near future. I did not say "the game is going through development hell and will never come out." But it has certainly had some real issues.
- As it turns out, Avellone was the first to mention in public that the game had lost directors. Given his history, people were understandably skeptical. But when he said on Twitter that the game keeps losing leads, he was not lying.
The current Avowed game director is believed to be Carrie Patel, who joined Obsidian in late 2013 and began working as a narrative designer on both Pillars of Eternity games, which means she is very knowledgeable when it comes to the world of Eora. Patel then also worked as a Senior Narrative Designer on Obsidian's The Outer Worlds before becoming Game Director on that game's Peril on Gorgon DLC.
Avowed won't be released in the next twelve months, since Microsoft unveiled the entire lineup during the showcase. However, it is possible it could make a late 2023 or early 2024 launch.
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