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Avowed Will Be Much More Beautiful; It's Not Even in Alpha Yet

If the recent gameplay trailer Avowed seemed ugly to you, one of the developers from Obsidian assures that the game still expects a lot of graphical improvements, as it hasn't even entered the alpha phase.

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:

Avowed Will Be Much More Beautiful; Its Not Even in Alpha Yet - picture #1

Source: rpgcodex.net / Briar Diem.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  1. Avowed - official website

Hubert Sledziewski

Hubert Sledziewski

Has been writing professionally since 2016. He joined Gamepressure.com five years later - although he has known the service since he had access to the internet - to combine his love for words and games. Deals mainly with news and journalism. A sociologist by education, a gamer by passion. He started his gaming adventure at the age of four - with a Pegasus. Currently, prefers PC and demanding RPGs, but does not shy away from consoles or other genres. When he's not playing or writing, he enjoys reading, watching series (less often movies) and Premier League matches, listening to heavy music, and also walking the dog. Almost uncritically loves the work of Stephen King. Does not abandon plans to follow in his footsteps. However, he keeps his first "literary achievements" locked away deep in a drawer.

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