PUBLISHER Xbox Game Studios
DEVELOPER Obsidian Entertainment
PLATFORMS Xbox Series X/S, PC
RELEASE DATE TBD 2024
With Avowed, Obsidian Entertainment is fusing its experience making immersive RPGs like Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds with the original fantasy universe of its isometric Pillars of Eternity series. The result looks a lot like The Elder Scrolls, especially in its first-person combat mixing magic and weaponry. (We should note, though, that Avowed doesn’t sport a full open world, just large, interconnected zones.) You play as an envoy from the Aedyr Empire to the Living Lands, sent to investigate a mysterious plague corrupting the region. The setting also differs from traditional fantasy in one major respect: Obsidian has drawn inspiration from a slightly later era of human history, so early firearms are in play. Forget being an elf with a bow and arrow—the new hotness is elves with guns.