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Outward

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Deep Silver (EU), Maximum Games (US)
Developer: Nine Dots Studio
Release Date: March 26, 2019

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'Outward' (ALL) Developer Diary Tell Us More About Travel And Survival

by Rainier on Jan. 21, 2019 @ 6:00 a.m. PST

Outward is an open-world action RPG in which you play an adventurer, traveler, and explorer.

Most importantly, you are vulnerable, equipped with as much power as your adversaries. Survive through wild, brutal lands teeming with enemies, obstacles, and fantasy creatures, using combat and magic to overcome both the harsh environment and the rivals in your way.

While a level of failure is almost guaranteed, failing is merely another spin on the player's personal epic story! A unique magical system, thrilling combat, and survival in a world full of dangers are key elements of this upcoming fantasy RPG, and through each player's unique journey all of this will be learned.

The life of an adventurer isn't about becoming all powerful. It's about outsmarting your enemies and planning ahead to overcome your challenges. Lay traps, use special equipment, perform a magic ritual, bring your friends. Come up with a solution tailored to your problem instead of rushing headfirst into danger.

Outward is playable alone or with friends, either online or in split-screen co-op. Start from humble beginnings and build your way up until you become a hardened wanderer.  Traverse incredible landscapes rich with diversity and life, progressing your skills with each dynamic quest.

While bandits and monsters are serious threats, you still need to eat, drink and sleep to survive. You need to set up your camp to get through the night and sometimes, the cold weather or an infectious disease might be the gravest danger you face.

Casting spells shouldn’t be as simple as pressing a button. To cast spells in Outward, you have to know the steps to the ritual and perform them in order yourself. For instance, to throw a fireball, you must use a firestone to create a fire sigil, then create a spark while standing in the middle of the magic circle to create the fiery projectile.

This video showcases the variety and depth of not only the game’s environment, but also the mechanics of an undervalued and iconic piece of gear: the backpack.

Outward is a hardcore RPG that tempers fantasy elements with realism. The player must survive against natural dangers like hunger, disease, and the elements as well as monsters and brigands. This is where the backpack comes in; without the limitless inventory seen in other RPGs how will the player surpass the challenges that enemies and the environment present to them? The larger your backpack, the more prepared you can be. However, carrying too much encumbering equipment will leave you vulnerable in a surprise attack. Which pack you carry can be just as much a deciding factor as the weapon you bring into battle and your chosen fighting style.

Additionally, the player’s map-reading skills will be put to the test. Exploring the corners of Aurai with nothing but a backpack provides a thrilling experience that can be described as the peak of adventuring! You decide if you want to travel light or not, but you will have to make sure you are able to adapt to your environment. Aurai has four distinct regions that you will need to navigate with the help of your trusty compass, your map, and your ability to locate landmarks. The game will not do that for you. Not to worry, though. With preparation, you will be able to overcome most challenges that Outward will throw at you.

Key Features:

  • Survive in the wilds as you explore the land
  • Play solo or cooperatively, locally or online
  • Play smart or die: you play an adventurer, not a demigod
  • Constant auto-saving means there’s no turning back. You have to put yourself in the character’s shoes and think about the situation rather than just try things and reload every now and then.
  • Dynamic defeat scenarios that reacts to your context. Losing a fight against a group of bandits won't simply have you looking at a game over screen. Instead, you might wake up to find yourself held for ransom, or being dragged into the woods and left for dead after they looted your belongings. Failure is part of life and defeat is part of the journey for any adventurer.
  • Every new playthrough offers something different. You can't be good at everything and help everyone. By replaying the game, you can play a different character, join a different faction with its own storyline, gain access to different skills and items.As a bonus, you keep a little something from your previous completed story for your next game via the Legacy system.

Outward will be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC on March 26th, 2019 for $39.99.


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