This year's Xbox Games Showcase brought the first gameplay trailer of Avowed - the new RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, which was announced in July 2020. Visually, this gameplay trailer seemed a bit date, which worried the gamers. However, one of the developers decided to reassure them.
Briar Diem from Obsidian joined the discussion on rpgcodex.net. Responding to an allegation by one of the forum's users, who said that "character models are poor," the developer wrote:
In further statements, Diem assured that he likes the critical attitude of the community. Moreover, he added that of all Obsidian's games Avowed is the one that has been waiting the longest to enter the alpha/beta phase. This, in turn, is expected to bode well - especially since with the studio's previous works, "alpha" stages reportedly lasted only a few months.
Two other points raised by Diem seem interesting.
- First, the developer wrote that he can't imagine a well-selling isometric RPG at the moment (Avowed will offer first-person view). In his opinion Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is better than the prequel, and yet it achieved an inferior result, because with the first part, players got fed up with the classic RPG approach.
- Secondly, he assured that Avowed is a large and open-ended game that is unnecessarily comparable to The Outer Worlds - another Obsidian game - because it bears no resemblance to it. The developer suggested that this analogy - used by Feargus Urquhart, the studio's CEO, in a recent interview - was intended "as a precautionary measure to lower expectations for Avowed", which has often been placed alongside Skyrim.
Whether Diem or rather Urquhart is right, we are to find out in 2024, when Avowed will make its debut. The game is headed for PC and XSX/S.
- Avowed - official website