New Developer Diary Video for Upcoming Open-World RPG ‘Outward’ Highlights Combat Mechanics

Publisher Deep Silver and developer Nine Dots have released a new developer’s diary video for their upcoming hardcore open-world RPG Outward — set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on March 26. From watching the video, it’s clear that players will need to be prepared for anything when it comes to Outward‘s survival-of-the-fittest combat.

Surviving in Outward will be no simple task, especially since Combat in Outward is all about carefully planning every action, as failure to do so will lead to a player’s demise. Instead of rushing in, swinging a sword around and busting out spells without a care in the world, the game will require players to think before they act — it’ll be more survival-focused, which will ultimately lead to a number of challenges that players will need to overcome. To put it simply, coming up with the right strategy will be far better than relying on brute force to win battles, regardless of who players are up against.

To stand an even greater chance against enemies, players will need to consider using powerful traps, poison, and magic. However, the problem is is that these elements will not be accessible from the very beginning, so going on an epic adventure and taking on quests to unlock various skills and magic is absolutely necessary and of course, will help players become a more powerful force. Even with many tricks up their sleeves, though, players must never forget to analyze their enemies, even if they’ve fought the same type of enemy before. Hoping for the best and preparing for the worst is what will lead to victory in Outward.

If doing all this alone sounds like an overwhelming challenge, or if players prefer to take part in jolly cooperation, Outward will support both online and split-screen co-op.

Get an idea of what it’ll take to survive in Outward by checking out the dev diary video and game screenshots below:


Author’s take: The combat seems like something that’s right up my alley! I’m definitely interested to play this game with a friend and see how long the both of us can survive. 

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Brad Crespo

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