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The Outer Worlds is just the first instalment in the series

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A city setting from Obsidian Entertainment's The Outer Worlds
The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds creators Leonard Boyarsky and Tim Cain may have inadvertently revealed Obsidian's future plans as they talked about the game's universe. It was suggested in one sentence that this is just the first instalment in the series.

The Outer Worlds is widely regarded as the next Fallout that the fans wanted but never got. It seems like Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky had a similar idea when they conceived The Outer Worlds, as the universe apparently took a similar turn to that in Fallout series.

Talking to Game Informer, the dynamic duo explained that despite the game being set in the far future, its history took an alternate path after the first World War. Companies rose to power, capitalism pressed on and it was ultimately the companies' pursuit of more money that led them to push humanity into space.

This was evident in the first trailer for The Outer Worlds, as the colonists are trying to survive while being pressed by said companies, but Boyarsky and Cain elaborated further. There were 10 companies that banded together to actually purchase a solar system called Halcyon, where The Outer Worlds will take place.

It was this purchase where Boyarsky and Cain dropped a hint of the franchise's future, but it is currently unknown whether they did it on purpose or if it was a slip of the tongue. Game Informer's report mentioned that it is specifically "the first instalment of The Outer Worlds" that focuses on this particular solar system called Halcyon. Such a statement opened up a wide range of possible questions, especially due to Obsidian's recent acquisition by Microsoft.

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We already know The Outer Worlds' publisher is Private Division and the game will come to PlayStation 4, along with Xbox One and PC. Should The Outer Worlds turn out to be a success, it will present a sweet conundrum for Microsoft - will they keep selling the future games on PS4 or snatch an opportunity to get a successful exclusive for Xbox One and PC?

Also, does Private Division have rights to the franchise or just the first instalment? It will be certainly an interesting future for The Outer Worlds.