After resurfacing for the first time in three years during the 2023 Xbox Games Showcase, Avowed–the latest RPG from Obsidian Entertainment–was again featured during today’s Xbox Developer Direct. Not only did we see new gameplay for the upcoming adventure, but we also learned its release window: Fall 2024.
The gameplay video gave a proper introduction to what players can expect in Avowed, which included the different areas of The Living Lands–Avowed is not a full “open-world” game like Skyrim or Fallout–instead, the game will incorporate multiple smaller zones a la Obsidian’s recent release, The Outer Worlds. The video also showed off the multiple combat methods available to each character, which include melee weapons, magic, and even a gun.
The presentation also gave us insight to the game’s enemies, combat styles, and progression systems–and it looks pretty extensive. Footage also showed off the moral nuance and gray areas in Avowed; players will need to make key decisions that shape the narrative overall.
Avowed follows an envoy of the Aedyr Empire, who is sent into The Living Lands after rumors of a deadly plague have spread throughout the empire. The game has reportedly seen multiple changes throughout development, with reports of a scrapped co-op mode surfacing last summer.
Avowed will launch this fall on Xbox Series X|S and PC. It was one of a few games featured during the Xbox Developer Direct, with Indiana Jones, Ara: History Untold, and Hellblade 2: Senua’s Saga also sharing the spotlight.