Wild single-player adventure "The Outer Worlds" launches the same day and on the same platforms as "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare."
Sci-fi video game "The Outer Worlds" is arriving next week, offering players the opportunity to shoot or schmooze their way through the farthest reaches of a galactic backwater.
Its colorful wilderness landscapes, choice-driven conversation and distinctive characters bring to mind aspects of ambitious space explorer "No Man's Sky" and recent entries to the "Fallout" franchise.
As it happens, Obsidian Entertainment, which developed "The Outer Worlds," called upon two original "Fallout" designers to direct this latest title.
Independent until a 2018 acquisition by Microsoft, the studio is well-known for a range of fantasy and sci-fi role-playing adventures which also include "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II," "Fallout New Vegas," and the more recent "Pillars of Eternity" series.
Despite the Microsoft buy-out, "The Outer Worlds" is releasing across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, with a Switch edition forthcoming.
On PC, players would need a relatively modest set-up comprising an Intel Core i3-3225 or AMD Phenom II X6 1100T chip, Nvidia GTX 650 Ti or AMD HD 7850, and 4GB of RAM to meet minimum system requirements.