The Outer Worlds will take 40 hours or less to complete

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The Outer Worlds (opens in new tab), Obsidian's RPG that's due out later this year, will take somewhere between 15 and 40 hours to complete, the developer has confirmed.

In an interview with Game Informer (opens in new tab), co-director Leonard Boyarsky said the size of the game was comparable to Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 (opens in new tab), or "maybe a little bit smaller". It took around 30-40 hours to complete KOTOR 2, and asked whether players could expect to finish The Outer Worlds in between 15 and 40 hours, both Boyarsky and fellow co-director Tim Cain said that would be a reasonable assumption.

Cain said that The Outer Worlds, contrary to some players' expectations, wouldn't be a giant open-world game where players could explore wherever they want. "People are speculating, like, hundreds of hours of gameplay...and no," he said. The time it takes to complete will vary based on playstyle—people that enjoy stealth will take longer than those aiming for more combat, he said.

Boyarsky said the team have focused on making the game "reactive and replayable", which means it'll be shorter than some players expect. "We've decided to put our effort into the reactivity and replayability—because of our size and budget, those necessitate a smaller, more tightly-controlled game than a giant sandbox open world where you can run everywhere."

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Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.