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The Outer Worlds is a new first-person, sci-fi RPG from Obsidian and the creators of Fallout

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Obsidian Entertainment and the creators of the original Fallout are making a new sci-fi RPG, and it's called The Outer Worlds. The Outer Worlds debuted in a trailer at the Game Awards tonight, a week after Obsidian teased its new project. By the trailer's tone, you can tell The Outer Worlds isn't taking itself too seriously: there's poppy music, a mad scientist, and already some of the silliness Fallout designer Tim Cain is known for.

There's definitely a Firefly-esque space cowboy vibe going on, but on colorful, very alien planets—a nice change from a Fallout-style post-apocalypse. Perhaps the biggest takeaway, though, is it's a first-person RPG with guns and melee weapons, despite earlier rumors it was going to be third-person. 

We had a chance to visit Obsidian ahead of the Game Awards, get an early look at The Outer Worlds, and talk to co-directors Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky. Check back in at PC Gamer for a deep dive on Friday at 9:00 am EST.

Wes Fenlon
Senior Editor

Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter (opens in new tab) and Tested (opens in new tab) before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.


When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old Final Fantasy or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).