Ever since its reveal at The Game Awards 2018, The Outer Worlds from Obsidian Entertainment has generated quite a bit of buzz. Announced just after the general failure of Fallout 76 and making it a point to emphasize that the development team includes people that worked on the original Fallout and New Vegas, The Outer Worlds appears to be filling a hole left by Bethesda. Since its initial announcement, more details about the game have been revealed, and every new piece of information just makes it sound even more exciting.
The latest details revealed about The Outer Worlds pertain to the game’s companion system. Like the western RPGs that inspired it, players will be able to recruit a variety of companions in The Outer Worlds, all of which will have their own personalities, desires, and goals. Players can choose to keep these companions with them on their adventures or kick them to the curb, and in some instances, the companions will choose to abandon the player themselves.
This is according to The Outer Worlds narrative designer Megan Starks, who initially said in an interview with RPGSite that companions would only leave if dismissed by the player. Starks since took to Twitter to offer some clarification, revealing that there are in fact some things players can do to make companions abandon them in the game.
Sorry if my answer was confusing. Just to clarify – there are some things you can do that will make a companion leave you, personal to that companion.
— Megan Starks????️♀️ (@fictivate) December 9, 2018
As for how many companions players can add to their party, Starks didn’t say, though we do know that players will have the opportunity to recruit every companion in the game to their cause. It’s possible that Obsidian has yet to nail down the exact number of companions that will be in The Outer Worlds, or maybe the team just wants to keep that information close to its chest for now.
Besides detailing the companion system in The Outer Worlds, Starks also recently discussed microtransactions and loot boxes, and if they will be in the upcoming sci-fi RPG. As some fans will be excited to learn, The Outer Worlds will not have microtransactions or loot boxes of any kind.
In the meantime, even more information on The Outer Worlds should be revealed next year as we near the game’s release date.
The Outer Worlds launches in 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.