The Outer Worlds Sells Over 2 Million Copies

The Outer Worlds has been quite the success, significantly exceeding company expectations.

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The Outer Worlds Sales Top 2 Million Units Sold

The Outer Worlds Sales Top 2 Million Units Sold

Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds took the RPG genre by storm last year when it became an instant hit on PlayStation 4, and it looks like that has translated into a big success at retail with more than two million copies shipped worldwide. This makes it the studio’s most successful title since South Park: The Stick of Truth. The Outer Worlds also launched as a free game for Xbox Game Pass subscribers, but the 2 million sales figures is presumably referring to full-game sales.

The Outer Worlds now having sold 2 million cumulative sales since launch. Zelnick referred to it as having “significantly exceeded expectations.”

Unfortunately, he also confirmed that the Nintendo Switch version of the game has been delayed until fiscal 2021. This is apparently due to developer Virtuos, the team handling the port, having closed down its office in Singapore due to the onset of the coronavirus.

The Outer Worlds is a unique game from a development and publishing perspective. The title was announced in 2017 as one of the first titles to be published by Take-Two’s indie label, Private Division. In November 2018, Microsoft acquired Obsidian, but due to the previous arrangement, Private Division remained attached as publisher of The Outer Worlds.

The Outer Worlds is a new single-player first-person sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division.

Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.

The Outer Worlds Some Key Features:

  • The player-driven story RPG: In keeping with the Obsidian tradition, how you approach The Outer Worlds is up to you. Your choices affect not only the way the story develops; but your character build, companion stories, and end game scenarios.
  • You can be flawed, in a good way: New to The Outer Worlds is the idea of flaws. A compelling hero is made by the flaws they carry with them. While playing The Outer Worlds, the game tracks your experience to find what you aren’t particularly good at. Keep getting attacked by Raptidons? Taking the Raptiphobia flaw gives you a debuff when confronting the vicious creatures, but rewards you with an additional character perk immediately. This optional approach to the game helps you build the character you want while exploring Halcyon.
  • Lead your companions: During your journey through the furthest colony, you will meet a host of characters who will want to join your crew. Armed with unique abilities, these companions all have their own missions, motivations, and ideals. It’s up to you to help them achieve their goals, or turn them to your own ends.
  • Explore the corporate colony: Halcyon is a colony at the edge of the galaxy owned and operated by a corporate board. They control everything… except for the alien monsters left behind when the terraforming of the colony’s two planets didn’t exactly go according to plan. Find your ship, build your crew, and explore the settlements, space stations, and other intriguing locations throughout Halcyon.

Going forward, however, Microsoft will seemingly publish the Outer Worlds franchise if there are indeed any sequels or franchise extensions. Microsoft’s Matt Booty said he sees The Outer Worlds as an “enduring franchise” for Microsoft, so you can expect more installments.

The Outer Worlds is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A Switch version will also come sometime this year

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