The Outer Worlds 2: Everything we know so far about Obsidian's new RPG

The Outer Worlds 2
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The Outer Worlds 2 is one of the biggest upcoming Xbox Series X games currently in development. While it's unlikely to be one of the new games for 2023, we have a feeling it'll be worth the wait. The 2019 original was a true love letter to the best Fallout games games, like Obsidian's own Fallout: New Vegas, and we're keen to see what the studio can do with a sequel. 

While this is one of the key upcoming Obsidian games to have on your radar, there's also Avowed – a fantasy RPG the studio is developing alongside this new sci-fi experience. And given that Obsidian only just got Pentiment and Grounded out into the world, it's likely we may be waiting a while to play this one. Still, there is news out there, so keep on reading to find everything we know about The Outer Worlds 2.

The Outer Worlds 2 release date

The Outer Worlds 2

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The Outer Worlds 2 release date is yet to be confirmed by Obsidian or Microsoft. The RPG is thought to have entered pre-production in 2019, following the success of the first game, however you shouldn't go expecting a 2022 release. 

Even with a rumored three years in development, Obsidian has had a lot on its plate between Avowed and Grounded. The Outer Worlds 2 pre-orders aren't yet available, but we're expecting them to go live next year when a release window will likely be made clearer. 

The Outer Worlds 2 trailer  

The Outer Worlds 2 trailer is beloved, and for good reason. It is self-aware, well written, and poked fun at video game trailers – riffing on common cliches to great effect. Towards the end of The Outer Worlds 2 trailer, Obsidian teased that "the developers haven't finished the [main character's] design. Or finished the story. Or finished any gameplay that's actually ready to show. In fact, the only thing [the developers] have finished is the title."

The Outer Worlds 2 setting 

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Obsidian Entertainment tweeted the following alongside the game’s announcement "New star system. New crew. Same Outer Worlds."

The Outer Worlds 2 setting is taking us to a new world then, and while we'll be sad to say goodbye to some truly legendary companions, this is probably for the best. With The Outer Worlds PS5 seeming unlikely, owing to Obsidian being a first-party Xbox studio now, it's only fair that the adventure continue on with a clean slate. 

Will The Outer Worlds 2 come to PS5?

I know many of you will be hoping that The Outer Worlds 2 PS5 is going to happen, but sadly that isn't going to be the case. The Outer Worlds 2 will be exclusive to Xbox Series X and PC, owing to Obsidian being part of the Xbox Game Studios network following its acquisition in 2018. The Outer Worlds 2 will be available on xbox Game Pass from day one, like every other first-party release from Xbox. 

The Outer Worlds 2 gameplay

The Outer Worlds 2

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Sadly, The Outer Worlds 2 gameplay hasn't been shown yet. But that doesn't mean we can't speculate! Part of the charm of the original was the way it threw you into situations that could change depending on your choices.

Much like Fallout, you can choose how to respond to certain characters, which could lead to various branching paths in the story. The deep level of customization, not just with your gear, but with your attributes and skills made for an engrossing experience that scratched that western RPG itch.

In The Outer Worlds 2, we’d like to see an expansion of that -- with even more customization to allow for plenty of experimentation. 

Another aspect many players would like to see in the sequel is a lengthier campaign. The first entry could be finished in around 12 hours (without venturing into the side content), which was considered "too short" by some. Even completing everything the game has to offer would only take you 36 hours or so. 

Obsidian could expand upon its sequel by giving players more areas (or worlds) to explore. The first game never felt too small, but having more planets to explore would extend the longevity of the next game.

We’d also like to see a wider variety of companions to interact with. The ones in the first game were, for the most part, interesting and worth talking to, so we’d like to see Obsidian double down on that and give us more. The fact that our wish list consists of simply wanting more from The Outer Worlds 2 is a testament to how good the original is.

Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.

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