Obsidian Entertainment has announced its newest RPG, Avowed. The dark fantasy epic looks to capture what makes Obsidian games so special, and is coming to the Xbox Series X.
Fans of the best Fallout game (New Vegas) and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II will be grateful that the studio behind the classics is turning its hand to a familiar genre.
Could Avowed be the next big Western RPG franchise? It's already got an extensive lore-base to build from, since it's set in the Pillars of Eternity franchise.
E3 2021 COUNTDOWN - June 13
In a new Xbox Wire post, Microsoft announced their E3 show won't be streaming in 4K, instead advising their E3 stream will be in 1080p at 60fps. Despite this, a 4K reupload will be available on the Xbox YouTube channel after the stream concludes.
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Avowed Coming To Game Pass? - 11th June
It seems a safe bet we'll see Avowed on Game Pass at launch, with this week Xbox proudly boasting of the service's potential and how they'll be handling exclusives in the future.
“With more than 23 studios worldwide creating games for Xbox, our goal is to release at least one new, first party game into Game Pass every quarter,” Microsoft said in a post on Xbox Wire.
“Role playing games, shooters, strategy titles, adventure games, and more are all being built by our first party teams to ensure that there is a steady stream of compelling exclusive content to explore.”
Avowed Could Be At E3 - 8th June
According to WindowsCentral, the game could appear at E3 2021.
I've been told conflicting information about the possibility of Avowed being at the show, which is Obsidian's first-person RPG set in the Pillars of Eternity universe, making me think there's a 50/50 chance we could see something on it.
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There is no official news on a release date at the moment, but it seems unlikely to be soon.
Industry insider Sponger has revealed Avowed has a planned release date of late 2022 to early 2023.
However, as with any insider information, this is subject to change and could be incorrect.
We imagine Avowed still has a substantial amount of time in development before its release, but we'll keep you updated with any news on that front.
We expect Avowed to cost around £60, but it will also be available for free on Xbox Game Pass.
Game Pass costs £10 a month, but you can find a bunch of new subscriber deals to get it even cheaper.
Check out the trailer here:
Avowed will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Xbox Game Pass - and you'll be able to play on PC using the latter.
What To Expect
Obsidian is a studio known for its worldbuilding and unique RPGs. Expect a great story, probably an open world, and some fairly decent graphics.
Avowed could well be the next cult classic RPG from the studio, embracing fantasy realms to bring us castles, magic, and the undead.
One report even suggests that Avowed's world will be larger than that of Skyrim.