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The industry insider revealed a few details pertaining to the just-announced game, including its planned release date of late 2022 with a late target of early 2023.
Avowed is planned to be Microsoft’s first-party AAA RPG, much like Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series. With that in mind, the game is set to be a fully open world experience with a much larger and denser environment for players to explore.
With the next-gen technological advancements available with Xbox Series X, the Obsidian RPG will feature real-time weather that will interact with next-gen lighting, physics and AI systems to create a more life-like fantasy world. The game’s in-depth magic system will also be able to interact with these systems.
Much like other Obsidian Entertainment RPGs, Avowed will feature factions, companions and a deep, rich narrative. Players will explore the world The Living Lands region of Eora, the world of Pillars of Eternity, in a “fight against [an] incoming threat of tyranny” that will have some form of input from the series’ Gods .
The game’s world is also said to be planned around two large cities with smaller cities, landmarks and more fleshing out the world. Sponger claims that the world has a strong focus on “wild-areas, rivers, mountains and desolated areas”.
Sponger claims that Obsidian has already been working on the project for years, before they were acquired by Microsoft, with a team of 100 developers that is still growing. The game is currently in full production. The game is said to include full mod support for PC and Xbox players.