A bit of greater than a 12 months since its authentic announcement, we nonetheless know comparatively little about Avowed — the brand new first-person RPG from Obsidian based mostly within the Pillars of Eternity universe. However, a new report by Windows Central seems to make clear the mission, revealing that it is properly into pre-production and that it’ll “characteristic many components Pillars of Eternity followers are aware of.”
They reportedly embody acquainted spells resembling Jolting Touch 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 could go so far as to incorporate destructible environments, with hearth spells leaving areas “coated in flames.”
Avowed is reportedly nonetheless in pre-alpha and isn’t but playable, however Obsidian is alleged to be making regular progress. The report speculates that Avowed might be in a playable state by E3 2022, however that date is presently unconfirmed.
Assuming it is all appropriate, it seems like Avowed would be the kind 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 Old Republic 2, each which has develop into beloved classics through the years.
Avowed was first announced back in July 2020, the place it was introduced as proof of Microsoft’s rising first-party muscle within the run-up to the launch of the Xbox Series X|S. Little has been revealed since, suggesting that Avowed is certainly nonetheless fairly early in its growth course of.
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However it seems, each Avowed and The Outer Wilds characterize Obsidian’s renewed push into the AAA RPG house after a chronic absence. Prior to being acquired by Microsoft, Obsidian had been specializing in smaller tasks resembling Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny.
Apart from Avowed, Obsidian is currently working on The Outer Worlds 2, which was introduced throughout E3 2021. Both video games are set to be launched on PC and Xbox Series X|S, and neither have a launch date as of but.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN