Obsidian have recently filed four trademarks for the title 'The Outer Worlds'. The community has speculated that The Outer Worlds will be the name of an unannounced project, headed and already teased by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky.
How do you get people talking about a game that is in the early stages of its existence? File a patent for its title, of course. That's exactly what Obsidian Entertainment did in late January. The company filed four new trademarks and every single one of them has something to do with "The Outer Worlds".
The trademarks relate to "entertainment services, namely, providing online games," "board games/trading card games," "printed material [such as books, pamphlets, or instruction manuals] in the field of computer or video games," and "computer game software" respectively. All four were filed on 24 January 2018.
Since the name "The Outer Worlds" is all we have to go on for now, we'll be grasping at straws and pull information from the depths of the Obsidian forums. Incidentally, one user remarked that there is a 2016 with the same name, but all of Obsidian’s trademarks are listed as new applications. With that in mind it seems highly unlikely that there's some kind of a crossover between the The Outer Worlds: Book One of the Epherian Chronicles and whatever Obsidian has in mind.
The community has speculated that The Outer Worlds will be the name of an unannounced project, headed by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky. Obsidian's tweet that went out in November 2017 suggested that they were working on a new project (or four). Three of the company's four new projects are thought to relate to Tyranny, Pathfinder Adventures, and Pillars of Eternity 2, so it’s possible that the trademarks have everything to do with the name of the studio’s next title.