While discussing their upcoming RPG The Outer Worlds, Obsidian Entertainment's creative director Leonard Boyarski said that while the game's plot heavily references the dark side of capitalism, it's not political and sticks to humour.
Granted, if you try hard enough, you're bound to find things in The Outer Worlds that can be interpreted as statements, much like the ridiculous situation we had with Cyberpunk 2077's clueless criticism.
But, we digress - Boyarski mentioned that growing up in the US and witnessing its consumer culture has led to Obsidian poking fun of it as often as possible.
“But like how with Arcanum when we were dealing with racial issues, the story always comes down to balance of power, how people get power and how they use it. We've been very careful, I've been very careful", he said.
Boyarski stressed, however, that there's nothing politically charged in The Outer Worlds, and the team's approach was more along the lines of fun and humour.
Obsidian apparently went to great lengths to include all sorts of characters and philosophies, many of whom he personally disagrees with, but The Outer Worlds isn't here to reinforce anyone's world views or preach - it's about a believable and bustling world.
"We don't want to set up strawman or anything and say, 'look how horrible this is!' It's really about looking at all aspects of issues. The last thing we want to do is make a game that people feel is lecturing them", he added.
Indeed, we can't say we're overly fond of politics in gaming, or any art for that matter, and we don't seem to be alone. I mean, half of us probably escaped into gaming to get away from it in the first place.
Obsidian said earlier that The Outer Worlds' protagonist won't be voiced, and while it's romantic to assume that they're returning to the RPG roots, the truth is it was a logistical thing.
The Outer Worlds launches on 25 October 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC via Epic's Store.