One of the big advertised features of Obsidian Entertainment's upcoming The Outer Worlds is that players will be able to kill anyone. It doesn’t matter if they’re named, or play a potentially key part in the story – you can take them out if you want. Well, in a new 40-minute gameplay video, the folks at Game Informer really put that to the test. They set themselves up with a stupid (as in, their Intelligence stat is very low) melee character and go about bludgeoning important characters to death left and right. This gameplay was recorded at the Tokyo Game Show, so some of it is similar to footage we’ve already posted, but some new areas are shown and, of course, the sociopathic approach is very different. Check it out, below.
Obviously, you’re probably not going to want to play this way, but it’s interesting to see Game Informer push the title's limits. Hopefully there are some long-term consequences to playing like a real monster. Being able to run wild and kill everyone is cool, but without consequences you’re basically just playing GTAV, not a real RPG. Haven’t been keeping up with The Outer Worlds? Here are the game’s key features:
- The player-driven story RPG: In keeping with the Obsidian tradition, how you approach The Outer Worlds is up to you. Your choices affect not only the way the story develops; but your character build, companion stories, and end game scenarios.
- You can be flawed, in a good way: New to The Outer Worlds is the idea of flaws. A compelling hero is made by the flaws they carry with them. While playing The Outer Worlds, the game tracks your experience to find what you aren’t particularly good at. Keep getting attacked by Raptidons? Taking the Raptiphobia flaw gives you a debuff when confronting the vicious creatures, but rewards you with an additional character perk immediately. This optional approach to the game helps you build the character you want while exploring Halcyon.
- Lead your companions: During your journey you will meet a host of characters who will want to join your crew. Armed with unique abilities, these companions all have their own missions, motivations, and ideals. It’s up to you to help them achieve their goals, or turn them to your own ends.
- Explore the corporate colony: Halcyon is a colony at the edge of the galaxy owned and operated by a corporate board. They control everything… except for the alien monsters left behind when the terraforming of the colony’s two planets didn’t exactly go according to plan. Find your ship, build your crew, and explore the settlements, space stations, and other intriguing locations throughout Halcyon.
The Outer Worlds hits PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on October 25. A Nintendo Switch version will arrive sometime after that.