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The Outer Worlds: Take A Peek At The Game's Launch Trailer

To say we're excited for The Outer Worlds is a bit of an understatement. This is the next mega-title from Obsidian Entertainment; a game that you could more or less consider a pseudo-successor to Fallout: New Vegas. It's the follow-up the studio never got to make, but potentially more ambitious. Forget Earth: there's a whole universe to explore, and the promise of experiencing that universe any way you want.

But here's something that might surprise you if you haven't been paying attention: The Outer Worlds launches next week. Yes, we are just seven days away from actually playing this game. We suppose that's why Obsidian decided to release this launch trailer, which does its best to show off what the folks at the studio have been building these past few years and why you should care about it. And if you're a fan of sci-fi, and you've been let down by some recent attempts at futuristic RPGs, you may discover that this Outer Worlds trailer really speaks to your soul.

First off, how pretty does this game look? Destiny 2 gets a lot of props — and rightfully so — for its gorgeous environments and skyboxes. The Outer Worlds is going to drop some jaws, too, if the trailer is anything to go off of.

We seriously cannot wait to just jet around space and have branching conversations with NPCs again. Was Mass Effect 3 the last time we got to do that and really enjoy it? Possibly. The trailer gives us a look at some of the characters we'll meet throughout our journey, and also drives the point home that our character is our own. We can be the hero if we so choose. We can become the villain others hope to destroy. We can even craft a character that is completely stupid; like, the kind others don't want carrying weapons. The ability to personalize your character is Obsidian's bread and butter, and the trailer shows us how big a role it'll play in The Outer Worlds.

And finally, personality. It's tough to say that The Outer Worlds is lacking in personality, and that has us even more ready to check it out. This isn't a serious space sim by any stretch of the imagination, nor does it appear to carry the serious tone of something like Mass Effect. This game is fine with being a little weird, and with making room for your character to be weird and for the world to respond to that weirdness. Will The Outer Worlds ultimately pull it off? That's something we'll start to discover next week.

The Outer Worlds comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Friday, Oct. 25. A Switch version is planned, too, though there's no release date for it just yet.