Is The Outer Worlds an Open World Game?

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Obsidian are well-known for the excellent Fallout: New Vegas, an open-world post-apocalyptic game. But is The Outer Worlds, their latest RPG, also an open world game? Read on.

The Outer Worlds is Obsidian’s latest role-playing game, a sci-fi tale that sees you fighting or working for a sprawling space-based corporation. Reviewing the game, Rich said the game had an “enjoyable playfulness about it” but that the open areas were less interesting than those found in Fallout.

The game has you visiting multiple planets, dispatching monsters and poking around various locations; there’s a lot to do in The Outer Worlds. But is it an open-world game? Technically, no.


The Outer Worlds’ levels and locations are split into multiple chunks, so you can explore the land around Edgewater, the first major town you come across. You can stumble across buildings and take on raiders, but these areas are relatively small compared to Fallout: New Vegas, GTA5 and other games.

You can roam, but you’re going to hit a geographical barrier fairly quickly. There’s some value in exploring but you can’t go very far. The Outer Worlds is an excellent sci-fi RPG but it’s not, by any stretch of the imagination, a proper open world game.