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September 11th, 2019, 21:37
VGC interviewed The Outer Worlds narrative designer Megan Starks:

The latest RPG from Obsidian, The Outer Worlds, isn't out until October but already the studio's new parent company is talking about growing the title into a long-running franchise.

Microsoft acquired Obsidian in late 2018 and its first-party games boss recently said he hopes The Outer Worlds grows into an "enduring franchise" for Xbox.

Speaking to VGC, the game's narrative designer Megan Starks said it feels "really awesome" to receive such strong support from Obsidian's parent company, and the studio already has "a full universe of lore" with which to build potential future games.

Xbox's first-party boss Matt Booty recently said he aspires to turn Outer Worlds into a long-running franchise. It must feel great to hear that kind of support from your new parent company?

Yeah. They've come to talk to the studio and it seems like Microsoft is super invested and really supportive, which for a developer like me feels really awesome. It's really exciting at the studio right now.

And are you already thinking about long-term plans for Outer Worlds as a franchise?

I guess it depends on if people like the game, but we would absolutely be interested in plans like it, yeah. I really enjoyed making this game so I would like to work on it a while longer. But I think first our focus is polishing up this game and getting it out the door!

The nice thing is, since the game is from the co-creators of the original Fallout IP, they just have notes and notes… it's crazy. We already have a full universe of lore, which is really nice.

You mentioned Fallout there. Obsidian certainly isn't afraid to highlight the connection between your co-directors and that franchise. Does that show your confidence in this game?

Yeah, I think so. I'm a fan of Fallout for sure, as well as Borderlands and BioShock and I love this game too, which makes me feel confident. If you like those types of games then I think you will enjoy ours.

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September 12th, 2019, 00:28
Looks like a mixture of Fallout iv and No Mans Sky. Looks great but so far, far, far away. I'm always in for some open world sci fi RPGs.
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Looks great but so far, far, far away.
Did they push it back? I thought it was being released sometime next month.
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September 12th, 2019, 02:00
It is, not sure what dajjer is referencing

The whole franchise angle before the first game even launches is pretty groan-worthy… but it was to be expected with the Microsoft buyout.
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I really can't describe how pissed I am about Private Divison's release strategy.

You can buy a boxed console version but not a PC one? Not even a friggin' "code in a box"?

I am a total Obsidian fanboy so this will be a Xbox One game to buy. Let's hope they make it a "play anywhere" game….
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Will this be on steam?
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Will this be on steam?
In one year
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September 12th, 2019, 18:57
Well it's good that they want to franchise it. But it seems like a setting based on endless commercialism could grow tiresome after a while.
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So, was randomly reading up on Jason Anderson and stumbled upon this on his wikipedia page. What a great picture. He works for inXile now.

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In one year
The new game hype will have died down but at least it'll be patched and ready by the time I play it then.
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September 13th, 2019, 12:12
This is one of the games being exclusive on Epic? But its possible to peorder it at GmG or Humble? So the Epic doesnt pay for real exclusivity, just for not being on Steam? If that is so, its even more sick then I thought …

Well, whatever, If I for some reason feel urge to buy it after all, at least there are other options then Epic. Who knows, maybe it will be so great that it would overpass my aversion to the setting and atmosphere.
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This is one of the games being exclusive on Epic? But its possible to peorder it at GmG or Humble? So the Epic doesnt pay for real exclusivity, just for not being on Steam? If that is so, its even more sick then I thought …
Ordering it from GmG or Humble just gets you an Epic game key, not a Steam Key. It won't be available on Steam (or Gog, if they get it) until next year, so they've been locked out. However, it also appears to be releasing on the Microsoft Store (not completely surprising, since Microsoft owns the game company now), so not completely Epic exclusive.
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