The Outer Worlds’ Story Will Be Linear, Choices Happen Between Major Plot Points

What happens is pre-determined—HOW it happens is up to you.

Posted By | On 16th, Feb. 2019

The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds is the next big RPG from Obsidian, the RPG masters who delivered us Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II. What I’m trying to say is, these folks are known for being the best in class with the RPGs they provide, which include actual role playing, and choices with actual meaningful divergence in their consequences.

Nonetheless, The Outer Worlds’ larger story will be linear and predetermined, the developers revealed to Game Informer. But don’t worry—co-director Tim Cain confirmed that there’s enough room for players to mess around with choice and consequence with everything that happens in between.

“Our story structures look like footballs, where there are all these points that everybody will pass through,” he said. “[When you get the power regulator for your ship] — did you work with people? Did you buy it? There’s more than one of them out there, so which one did you take? How did you handle the people who were using it? We try to arrange our story by thinking about the points all players are going to pass through, but then we try to remember what the context was so that things change to reflect the choice you made. […] We don’t demand that those dramatic points play out in any specific way.”

He also talked about trying to handle morality in the game—which the game achieves precisely by not having a morality system. Rather, the player is presented with choices that are squarely in the realm of being grey, with many “evil” decisions often having good side effects, and vice versa.

“It’s not ‘Here’s the good choice, here’s the bad one.’ Instead, it’s like, ‘You could this or this. This will cause X, this will cause Y. You decide what you care about.’ What if the more evil choice has an obviously better outcome? What if more people are saved by the evil choice? But it’s evil! But the result is better! Is it a worse choice? I don’t know if you can solve morality with arithmetic, but there are some things in the game where you’re like, ‘I am not sure if this is bad.’”

That sounds great—it’s the kind of thing that made The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt so compelling back in 2015, and the kind of thing very few developers have managed to nail properly ever. The Outer Worlds will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this year. If you’re interested in learning more about it, check out Obsidian’s statement on how long the game will take to complete, or what they feel about the comparisons their game evokes with Fallout 76.


Amazing Articles You Might Want To Check Out!



Share Your Thoughts Below  (Always follow our comments policy!)



Keep On Reading!

Total War: Warhammer 3 Immortal Empire Starting Positions Revealed for Some Factions

Total War: Warhammer 3 Immortal Empire Starting Positions Revealed for Some Factions

Creative Assembly has revealed starting positions for some of the playable Legendary Lords in the upcoming Imm...

Pokemon Go Developer Partners With NBA for New Augmented Reality Game NBA All-World

Pokemon Go Developer Partners With NBA for New Augmented Reality Game NBA All-World

Pokemon Go developer Niantic has announced a partnership with NBA to launch a new basketball-centric AR game: ...

XIII Remake is Coming to Nintendo Switch on September 13

XIII Remake is Coming to Nintendo Switch on September 13

XIII Remake is coming to Nintendo Switch in September. The PC, PS4, and Xbox One versions of the game are also...

RimWorld: Console Edition is Coming to PS4, Xbox One on July 29

RimWorld: Console Edition is Coming to PS4, Xbox One on July 29

Colony simulator RimWorld is making its way to PS4 and Xbox One. The console release is set for July 29, and w...

God of War Ragnarok Will Reportedly Receive Something to “Give Fans Some Life” – Rumor

God of War Ragnarok Will Reportedly Receive Something to “Give Fans Some Life” – Rumor

Insider Tom Henderson says Sony and Santa Monica are "right now preparing to announce something," though it ap...

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – Missions, Weapons, Hero Techniques, Spark Abilities, and More Revealed

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope – Missions, Weapons, Hero Techniques, Spark Abilities, and More Revealed

Travel the galaxy to save the Sparks from Cursa. The turn-based tactical strategy title is out on October 20th...