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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Dec 03, 2019 at 08:30. 11 comments

The Art Of Obsidian's The Outer Worlds

The Art Of Obsidian's The Outer Worlds
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The Outer Worldsis one of the best games of the year , so it’s a treat tonight to be sharing some of the concept art that went into the game’s...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Nov 06, 2019. 21 comments

Give Vicar Max A Chance In The Outer Worlds, Guys

Give Vicar Max A Chance In The Outer Worlds, Guys

When you first meet Maximillion DeSoto in The Outer Worlds, he has a snide comment about everything. When I recruited Felix, a nice kid who is trying his best, Max sneered about adopting street urchins. I disliked Vicar Max almost the moment he settled in with my party. He’s a dickhead, but after spending some time with him, I decided: He’s an interesting dickhead. Give the guy a chance.

I...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 01, 2019. 5 comments

The Outer Worlds Does Colorblind Gaming Right

The Outer Worlds Does Colorblind Gaming Right

It’s cool that many modern games include colorblind options, so that those who struggle to differentiate between various hues can still enjoy the experience to the fullest. It’s even cooler, though, when a game is designed from the ground up with that support in mind.

Obsidian’s Josh Sawyer shared this info in a Tweet earlier in the week, saying that not one but two of the game’s directors had...

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Ian Walker Ian Walker Oct 31, 2019. 6 comments

Save Time In The Outer Worlds By Being A Huge Dumbass

Save Time In The Outer Worlds By Being A Huge Dumbass

There are all kinds of speedrunning strategies out there, from finding ways outside the boundaries of the game world to manipulating seemingly random elements for favorable outcomes. Some of the most interesting utilize legitimate gameplay mechanics in interesting ways. In The Outer Worlds, for instance, a decent chunk of time can be saved by simply making your character a complete buffoon.

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Oct 30, 2019. 9 comments

I Made A Radical (Literally) Playlist For The Outer Worlds

I Made A Radical (Literally) Playlist For The Outer Worlds
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Whenever I really love a piece of media, I make a mixtape of songs that remind me of it. As soon as I finished The Outer Worlds, I began compiling my mixtape. There’s something nice about having a compilation of songs that take you back to a tone and a mood, since it allows you...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Oct 26, 2019. 6 comments

Tips For Playing The Outer Worlds

Tips For Playing The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds is out today, and while it’s easy to be wowed by Halcyon, you might need a couple tips to make the most of your time there.

Kotaku video producer Paul Tamayo has put together a quick video with tips to get you started. For some more specific help, I’ve got you covered.

There’s A Best Way To Manage Your Inventory

When you’re carrying too heavy a load in The Outer Worlds, you’ll...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Oct 25, 2019. 14 comments

We Checked Out The Outer Worlds' Second, Monster-Filled Planet

We Checked Out The Outer Worlds' Second, Monster-Filled Planet

Yesterday, Paul Tamayo and I played through a small portion of The Outer Worlds. The game is out today, but if you haven’t picked it up yet, let us wet your whistle.

Paul and I played through the beginning portions of Monarch, the second planet you’ll visit in The Outer Worlds. If you want to go in spoiler free, maybe skip this one. If not, come along with us and meet the totally normal Mather...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Oct 22, 2019. 22 comments

The Outer Worlds Will Rattle Your Idea Of A Perfect Planet

The Outer Worlds Will Rattle Your Idea Of A Perfect Planet

The very first quest in The Outer Worlds, Obsidian’s highly anticipated first-person RPG out October 25, asked me to make what felt like an impossible choice. On one side was a community of outsiders frustrated by corporate control. Their outpost was something like a worker’s paradise—they were well fed and mostly happy, surviving by relying on each other. I admired their leader, Adelaide, for...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Aug 02, 2019. 18 comments

The Outer Worlds Is Just As Screwed Up As Real Life

The Outer Worlds Is Just As Screwed Up As Real Life

Before one of the designers of The Outer Worlds talked to me about the game he worked on, he commented on the Buffy The Vampire Slayer patch on the back of my denim vest.

Brian Heins, senior designer at Obsidian Entertainment, liked the patch. We’re both big Buffy fans, it turned out. My mother and I devoured the series in highschool, once staying up all night to finish the fifth season. The...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Jun 20, 2019. 18 comments

Cult Classic Alpha Protocol Removed From Sale On Steam

Cult Classic Alpha Protocol Removed From Sale On Steam

Obsidian Entertainment’s 2010 spy-thriller Alpha Protocol has been removed from sale on Steam at the “request of the publisher.” According to a Sega representative, rights to publish the cult-classic RPG have expired. While players who previously bought a copy can still access and download the game, it’s unclear when or if it will go back on sale.

On Steam, the option to buy a copy of Alpha...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jun 18, 2019. 19 comments

The Outer Worlds Is An RPG About Controlling The Narrative

The Outer Worlds Is An RPG About Controlling The Narrative

If you fall into the category of people who believe that 2010’s Fallout: New Vegas was the best game in the series, then The Outer Worlds might be for you. Last week at E3, I spoke to the game’s co-director, Leonard Boyarsky, for a bonus episode of Kotaku Splitscreen digging deep into this cyberpunky role-playing game.

In a behind-closed-doors session at a booth belonging to Private Division,...

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Paul Tamayo Paul Tamayo Jun 14, 2019. 13 comments

The Outer Worlds E3 Demo Featured Flexible Combat And Strategic Lying

The Outer Worlds E3 Demo Featured Flexible Combat And Strategic Lying
E3 2019It's time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We've got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

This week, my colleague Jason Schreier and I had a chance to sit in on a demo for The Outer Worlds, the newest game from Obsidian Entertainment. Outer Worlds is a first-person role-playing game where you find yourself stranded on a distant planet fighting against a giant...

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Cameron Kunzelman Cameron Kunzelman Dec 17, 2018. 12 comments

Speedrunning Turns Alpha Protocol Into A Very Fast Spy Thriller

Speedrunning Turns Alpha Protocol Into A Very Fast Spy Thriller

The new world record for playing Alpha Protocol really fast in New Game+ is 1:39:15, and it was accomplished by TemA in a lightnight-quick speedrun of the weird RPG.

Released by Obsidian back in 2010, Alpha Protocol is a truly unique spy thriller role-playing game that has you traveling the globe, managing relationships with allies and enemies, and maneuvering your way through...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Dec 14, 2018. 22 comments

Don't Expect The Outer Worlds To Be As Gigantic As Fallout: New Vegas

Don't Expect The Outer Worlds To Be As Gigantic As Fallout: New Vegas

The Outer Worlds, the next game from the developers at Obsidian, might be the game I’m most excited for in 2019. Helmed by the original creators of Fallout, it appears poised to be the New Vegas successor that everyone has wanted for years. Just don’t expect it to be quite as vast.

The Outer Worlds, which was announced last week at The Game Awards, is a sci-fi role-playing game set in a...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Dec 07, 2018. 24 comments

Obsidian's Next Game, The Outer Worlds, Is Basically Fallout: New Vegas In Space

Obsidian's Next Game, The Outer Worlds, Is Basically Fallout: New Vegas In Space

As Bethesda takes Fallout multiplayer, the original creators of Fallout are making a brand new single-player shooter-RPG along with the studio that made Fallout: New Vegas. It’s called The Outer Worlds, it’ll be out next year, and it’s basically New Vegas in space.

Game studio Obsidian announced The Outer Worlds at The Game Awards tonight, with a two-minute trailer showcasing the game’s...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 12, 2018. 23 comments

Microsoft’s New Studio Acquisitions Show How Much Xbox Has Changed

Microsoft’s New Studio Acquisitions Show How Much Xbox Has Changed

It came as a mild surprise when Microsoft announced Saturday that it was purchasing not just one but two mid-sized studios with a focus on role-playing games. But as strange as it seems on the surface, the deal makes perfect sense for all three parties.

At the end of a relatively uneventful Xbox showcase in Mexico City on Saturday afternoon, head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty announced that...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Oct 10, 2018. 24 comments

Sources: Microsoft Is Close To Buying Obsidian

Sources: Microsoft Is Close To Buying Obsidian

Microsoft is finalizing a deal to acquire the independent development studio Obsidian Entertainment, according to three people briefed on the negotiations. We don’t know if ink is on paper yet, and plenty of major acquisition deals have fallen apart in the final hours, but those close to the companies believe it is all but done.

One person with knowledge of the deal told Kotaku they’d heard it...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jul 14, 2018. 24 comments

The ArenaNet Catastrophe Has The Whole Game Industry Rethinking Harassment Policies

The ArenaNet Catastrophe Has The Whole Game Industry Rethinking Harassment Policies

One week ago , two Guild Wars 2 narrative designers, Jessica Price and Peter Fries, were fired after Price called out a player of the game on Twitter, prompting widespread backlash. Since then, mobs have tried to employ similar tactics against more women, and game development studios have had to take a hard look at their own social media policies.

Price, a narrative designer of 10 years, had...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 03, 2018. 15 comments

Pillars Of Eternity II: The Kotaku Review

<i>Pillars Of Eternity II</i>: The <i>Kotaku </i>Review

Toward the end of my time with pirate RPG Pillars of Eternity II, one of my crew members, foul-mouthed furball Serafen, presented me with a gift.

It was a garment meant to be worn by a captain, he said, but after witnessing me pass so many difficult moral tests with flying colors, he’d decided captaining wasn’t for him. He was just happy to be part of my crew. “Aw,” I thought to myself, “When...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson May 18, 2018. 12 comments

Pillars Of Eternity II Player Beats Game In 26 Minutes

<i>Pillars Of Eternity II </i>Player Beats Game In 26 Minutes

Pillars of Eternity II is a sprawling pirate RPG that, depending on how many side quests you choose to do, can last well over 50 hours. This guy found a way to beat it in 26 minutes, using a clever mix of sequence breaks and exploits to slice through it like butter.

(Warning: this video contains a whole mess of spoilers.)

Now, to be clear, what speedrunner Onin has pulled off is...

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