The Outer Worlds is the latest upcoming RPG from Obsidian Games, and the first that they’re making that’s published under Microsoft. Obsidian’s Brian Hines sat down with Twinfinite.net recently to talk about the Outer Worlds options that players will have as they progress through the story that Obsidian has crafted.
These various options can include a large number of things, depending (as they always do in RPGs like these) on the morality of the player controlling their character. Some players may be sadists that kill everyone that they come across, while others may want to help everyone.
However, even helping people has the potential to backfire on you. Hines gave an example of helping a quest-giver with something that seemed benevolent, only to realize that the NPC is tricking them into heading down a darker path. From there you have the option of going along with it, or fighting them.
Of course, since this is an open-world RPG, you also have the option to just kill everyone. For maximum XP gain, at least one Obsidian employee did all of the quests for NPCs, then, after completing those quests and turning them in, killed them.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be consequences to killing NPCs. While there are always other avenues that you can use to get things like vital information from other sources, thee are some things that will cause you to fail a quest, that’s the consequence you have to deal with.
Back in the early days, the Elder Scrolls games had a message that would notify you when you’ve killed a vital NPC. Many players likely became very familiar with the “With this character’s death, the thread of prophecy is severed. Restore a saved game to restore the weave of fate, or persist in the doomed world you have created.” message.
Failed quests can have an interesting effect on the story, with repercussions further down the line, like not being able to get maximum reputation with the story groups.
You’ll be able to explore the full breadth of the Outer Worlds options when the game comes out on October 25 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.