Explained: release date, gameplay, and everything we know so far


Avowed is (or at least looks like) Obsidian’s Skyrim killer. If you are familiar with the history of obsidian, that makes perfect sense. Over the past decade, Obsidian has built a reputation for taking popular RPG subgenres and giving them a unique twist. Pillars of Eternity was a love letter to cRPG classics like Baldur’s Gate and The Outer Worlds (which, incidentally, is getting a sequel) channeling the dark satire and meaningful choices of Fallout: New Vegas. So it only makes sense that Obsidian would face Skyrim next – and it’s timing well given that Elder Scrolls 6 wasn’t a show at E3 2021.

Unfortunately Obsidian didn’t have anything to say about Avowed at E3 either, so we don’t have a lot of details on what the project will be. However, we have carefully gathered all of the information in this comprehensive guide, including details on the story, world, and gameplay. We know that so far about Avowed.

What is the latest Avowed news?

Unfortunately, Avowed wasn’t at E3 2021 and so there’s little to know other than what was said when it was first unveiled in 2020. However, on June 13, Obsidian said it is still busy at Avowed and will soon have something to share.

Here is Avowed’s announcement trailer

Avowed was first revealed with an ominous cinema trailer during the Xbox Games Showcase this year. What we’ve seen is brief, but it reveals a few important details – most notably that Avowed is a first-person RPG similar to The Outer Worlds, or perhaps more precisely Skyrim. Although no gameplay was shown, the trailer from this perspective ends with the “player” brandishing a sword and locating a spell in the air that charges his hand as an invisible enemy with some purple energy, presumably one that is very big and made is of flames, approaches. It’s cool and very reminiscent of the scene in The Lord of the Rings when the Balrog is chasing Frodo and the gang.

Much more is not revealed, but the narrator in the trailer puts special emphasis on oaths, which will apparently be a central theme in the story. Clever players on the Declared subreddit also deciphered the runes engraved on the sword in the trailer, realizing that it is a language that already exists in Pillars of Eternity, to find out that the sword’s name is Eidbinder.

What is the announced release date?

We do not know it! The reveal trailer didn’t hint at a window or even hinted at a possible year. But with Obsidian also working on Grounded, their upcoming early access survival game, and with two DLCs in the works for The Outer Worlds (one of which was revealed shortly before Avowed), it’s possible Avowed is still years away from release .

What will Avowed’s gameplay look like?

For now, we can only confirm that Avowed will be a first-person RPG, but rumors have long been going on that the game will reflect elements of Skyrim and other Elder Scrolls RPGs. Last year, Obsidian has posted several job advertisements The Makes give an indication of how Avowed will play out.

While it is not clear whether these vacancies were for Avowed or Grounded, they mentioned “Combat with an emphasis on an exceptional first-person hand-to-hand combat experience” and “Combat actions with first and third person animations” alongside references to day and night cycles and branched dialogue. This all sounds like exactly what you’d expect from an obsidian ego RPG.

Which self-confessed rumors are circulating?

While much of Avowed is still a mystery, some self-proclaimed Microsoft insiders have come out to share details about Avowed’s development. The biggest of these leakers is Sponger, a member of the gaming forum Reserera, which recently dumped a long list of rumored gameplay features Obsidian would like to implement in Avowed. The authenticity of Spongers Leaks has been confirmed by another notable Microsoft leak called toilet seatwho also recently leaked some key details about Microsoft’s other big games.

The following are just rumors at the moment and have not been confirmed. This is what Sponger has to say:

  • It explains “completely open world” and is much larger than Skyrim, but not necessarily in terms of overall size. The world will be “denser” and “more contrasting” – which probably means diverse.
  • The main location will be the The Living Lands region of Eora, a northern border that is not directly seen in either of the two Pillars of Eternity games.
  • There will be a “big focus” on world reactivity, lighting and next-generation AI systems.
  • There will be a real-time weather system.
  • Character creation is said to be very advanced and detailed.
  • Mod support is planned.
  • The world will have many factions, but they won’t resemble the factions of Skyrim.
  • You will be able to enlist the help of companions, but it is said to be very different from how it works in Obsidian’s other current RPG, The Outer Worlds.
  • The game will feature boss fights that will take place on a very large scale.
  • Two large cities with smaller settlements on the map and large wilderness areas are planned.
  • Creatures and wildlife are based on the lore from Pillars of Eternity, but new additions are made.
  • “Dynamic presentation of the dialogue” – whatever that means.
  • Obsidian wants to make it possible to kill everyone in the game, much like Morrowind lets players finish the main story by killing certain key characters.
  • There are currently around 100 people working on the game, and it has been in development for two years with seven months of preproduction.
  • The targeted release window is late 2022 or early 2023.

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How does Avowed relate to Pillars of Eternity?

Aside from being set somewhere in Eora, it’s not clear what connection Avowed might have with the characters and events of Pillars of Eternity or its sequel. It is very possible that Avowed is playing on a different continent or in a different period and that the games share only minor lore.

Over on that Pillars of Eternity subredditHowever, players have noticed some interesting connections. The castle shown in the opening shot flies banners similar to the symbol for Woedica, the god of justice and law, who also bears the name – take this –Eidbinder. That’s the same name as the sword shown in the trailer, and the runes engraved on it are Aedyran, the language of one of the greatest empires of Eora, where Woedica was mainly worshiped. Woedica serves the player in Pillars of Eternity and its sequel as a kind of indirect opponent, a deity who wants to restore her influence and power in order to assert dominion over all of creation.

Given this information, one of the bigger rumors is that Avowed is a prequel to Pillars of Eternity, set in the Aedyr Empire. And if you consider the banners shown in the trailer and the sword of the oathbinder carved with Aedyran runes, it makes a lot of sense. When Pillars of Eternity begins, Woedica was banished. Avowed could explore her fall from power, which could explain the trailer’s ominous monologue about given oaths.

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