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Obsidian’s latest RPG, Avowed, is coming in 2024

First-person sword-and-sorcery RPG finally has gameplay to show

Developers Obsidian Entertainment and Xbox Game Studios summoned a new look at Avowed, the first-person, sword and sorcery role-playing game that was first revealed in 2020, at Sunday’s Xbox Games Showcase. Avowed also got a release window: 2024.

Avowed is set in the world of Eora, the same setting as Obsidian’s popular Pillars of Eternity series. In Sunday’s trailer, the player character was shown to be a being of immense magical power (and physical skill), taking a lecture from a presumed ally.

Basically, “You’re here to save us all, or destroy us,” the player is told. So Avowed shapes up to be the kind of choices-heavy, branching outcomes, good-or-bad RPG for which Obsidian has long been admired for developing.

Feargus Urquhart, studio head at Obsidian Entertainment, says that Avowed is set in the Living Lands, “a plagued, wild island set in the world of Eora.”

“Unique to the world of Eora, the Living Lands is home to bustling port towns and rolling hills adorned with weird and fantastical plant life,” Urquhart said. “Every part of the Living Lands is home to its own ecosystem. Around every corner there are creatures, sentient mushrooms, or tribes of lizard-like Xaurips looking to make you their next meal…”

Players will have plenty of tools to help them survive, including “swords, shields, pistols, magical spells, and more at your disposal, including the ability to dual wield, creating a vast number of combinations to choose from,” Urquhart said. They’ll also have helpful NPC companions like Kai — who narrated the Avowed trailer. Kai is described as “one of the only friendly faces you’ll find here. He is a former soldier, and his idealistic and pragmatic temperament will help guide you as you venture out into this wild frontier.”

The game was revealed almost three years ago in a CG teaser trailer, alongside the smaller (and already released) Pentiment. Obsidian also has another big project in the works: The Outer Worlds 2.

Avowed will be released for Xbox Series X and Windows PC, and it’ll be available at launch on Game Pass. (It’s also available for PC via Steam.) Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity and Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire are also available through Game Pass.

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