In the aftermath of Bethesda’s rather big fiasco with Fallout 76, many post-apocalyptic raygun gothic fans are looking to Obsidian Entertainment and their own RPG, The Outer Worlds, to fill that niche that Bethesda let grow. But Obsidian doesn’t think that their game should come at the expense of mocking Bethesda.
Obsidian has a long history with Fallout, even though it wasn’t always with that studio. Formed by former developers of Black Isle Studios, who helped to develop Fallout and Fallout 2, Obsidian is responsible for developing Fallout: New Vegas, all three of which are seen as some of the best Fallout games in the franchise.
This is in contrast to Bethesda, who’s had two rather mediocre (if not outright bad) Fallout games under its belt since then, with Fallout 4 and its many controversial game decisions and Fallout 76’s issues. However, despite all of this, Obsidian still says that Bethesda deserves respect.
The first trailer for The Outer Worlds came out at the 2018 Game Awards, just after Fallout 76 had come out with a very bad launch. The trailer infamously seemed to rag on Bethesda by labeling Obsidian as “the creators of Fallout and Fallout: New Vegas”, as if to say “Come see what real Fallout developers can do!” but Obsidian says that’s not the case.
When they started working on The Outer Worlds they had no idea that Fallout 76 was even in development, and Feargus Urquhart, the studio’s CEO, has said that he’s a Fallout fan too, so the two games won’t be competing for the same dollars. Urquhart has said that while Bethesda might have taken Fallout in a different direction than fans wanted, that’s their right since they own the franchise, even if it doesn’t work out.
So, even if The Outer Worlds ends up tickling your fancy more than Fallout, Obsidian doesn’t want you trashing Bethesda, so play nice. The Outer Worlds comes out sometime this year.