The Outer Worlds will be available on Steam from October 23

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Obsidian's RPG of light corporate satire and Firefly-esque space cowboy adventure The Outer Worlds released on the Epic Games Store (opens in new tab) and the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) last year. Its 12-month exclusivity period is about to wrap up, and it'll be arriving on Steam (opens in new tab) on October 23.

If you've been eagerly waiting for The Outer Worlds to come to your preferred flavor of digital storefront, make sure to go in with the right expectations. This is an RPG with a couple of interesting companions, unchallenging combat, and the kind of equivalency cynicism in moral choices that makes it hard to get real invested in them. As Tom Senior said in his review of The Outer Worlds (opens in new tab), "There's a category of games I think of as Saturday morning cartoon games. They lack depth, but they are fluffy and easy to enjoy. As I look back on some screenshots as Pippin laser blasts a poor marauder into a pile of dust, I realise that's what The Outer Worlds is to me."

The Outer Worlds' first big DLC, Peril on Gorgon, was released recently and it has some heavy BioShock vibes (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.