RPG developer Obsidian Entertainment has had a busy few years since purchased by Microsoft in 2018. During the Xbox + Bethesda E3 2021 showcase, the developer revealed a big update for co-op survival game Grounded, and official confirmed sequel The Outer Worlds 2.
Grounded, which is still in Early Access/Game Preview on Windows and Xbox since 2020, is adding a new boss monster and expanding buildings by adding mushrooms as materials. The new monster is the broodmother, a terrifying giant spider. The trailer is quick to remind us about an arachnophobia mode that turns the spider into a big blobby thing.
The free update will arrive June 30.
The Outer Worlds 2 is the official sequel to one of my favorite games of 2019, and definitely one of my favorite trailers of the entire showcase. The Outer Worlds is a first-person shooter-RPG hybrid that’s very reminiscent of Fallout 3, 4, and New Vegas, as players complete quests, join factions, explore planets and asteroids, and shoot, sneak, steal, lie, craft, and make friends.
The trailer is a cheeky tease that reveals nothing except the title. We’re not even sure it’s coming out next year, though it’s safe to assume PC and Xbox Series X/S will be supported.
Obsidian actually has another game in the works as well, Avowed, a first-person RPG based on their Pillars of Eternity tactical-RPG series. It was announced last year but conspicuously absent this year. “While we are not showing anything right now, we are looking forward to showing off what we have been working on soon,” says Feargus Urquhart, co-founder, Obsidian.