Published by Private Division, The Outer Worlds is an open-world shooter set in a corporate-run colony called Halcyon on the edge of the galaxy, but all is not as it seems. You play as a colonist that stumbles on a conspiracy threatening to destroy the colony, and in true Obsidian style, your actions will dictate the outcome of the game.
Here’s all you need to know about The Outer Worlds, from the latest gameplay news to the official launch trailer. And if you want to grab a copy, check out our guide to where best to buy the game.
When is The Outer Worlds coming out on Switch?
The Outer Worlds came out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on 25 October 2019, but there's an extra wait for the Switch port. Originally expected to arrive in March, the release was delayed to 5 June 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
There's some good news though - the extra wait gave Obsidian time to make sure that the game will get a physical release on cartridge, though it sounds like it's still a little big for the format, as there will be a day one patch of 'up to 6GB' for the cartridge version to fill in all the extra bits that didn't fit on the cart.
What about DLC?
There is indeed Outer Worlds DLC on the way, and it'll be story-focused too. That's about all we know though.
The unnamed DLC pack(s) was announced in a forum post which claimed only that "the journey isn't over yet as we are excited to announce that we will be expanding the story through DLC next year!" The post promised more details "at a later date," but until then there's not much to go on.
The Outer Worlds trailers
The official launch trailer for The Outer Worlds was unveiled just a week before release date, though Obsidian has been teasing the game for months. The trailer showcases the dangerous and wacky world the game is set in, and sets the tone for the game.
Not much else was showcased before E3 2019, when a brand new gameplay trailer was revealed. It's much of the same, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, right?
The Outer Worlds gameplay news
So, what can you expect from The Outer Worlds?
The game is an open-world first-person shooter with various RPG elements set in a dystopian universe where massive corporations own entire planets importantly, it’s a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
In true Obsidian style, the game is player-driven. Your approach to The Outer Worlds will not only dictate how the story develops but your character’s build, companion stories and most importantly, end-game consequences.
You’ll meet various characters throughout your travels across the various settlements, space stations and other dangerous environments Halcyon has to offer, and some will be interested in joining your crew. These companions come with unique abilities, motivations and ideals. It’s down to you to choose whether they become a part of your crew, and if you’ll help them achieve their goals.