A bit of greater than a yr since its unique announcement, we nonetheless know comparatively little about Avowed — the brand new first-person RPG from Obsidian primarily based within the Pillars of Eternity universe. Nonetheless, a brand new report by Home windows Central seems to make clear the undertaking, revealing that it is properly into pre-production and that it’s going to “characteristic many components Pillars of Eternity followers are aware of.”
They reportedly embrace acquainted spells equivalent 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 could possibly be in a playable state by E3 2022, however that date is presently unconfirmed.
Assuming it is all appropriate, it feels like Avowed would be the form of deep open world RPG that has been attribute of Obsidian’s efforts over time. A direct descendant of Black Isle Studios, Obsidian is best-known for its work on Fallout: New Vegas and Knights of the Outdated Republic 2, each which has turn out to be beloved classics over time.
Avowed was first introduced again 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 Sequence X|S. Little has been revealed since, suggesting that Avowed is certainly nonetheless fairly early in its improvement course of.
Nonetheless it seems, each Avowed and The Outer Wilds characterize Obsidian’s renewed push into the AAA RPG area after a protracted absence. Previous to being acquired by Microsoft, Obsidian had been specializing in smaller initiatives equivalent to Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny.
Aside from Avowed, Obsidian is presently engaged on The Outer Worlds 2, which was introduced throughout E3 2021. Each video games are set to be launched on PC and Xbox Sequence X|S, and neither have a launch date as of but.
Kat Bailey is a Senior Information Editor at IGN