Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Private Division
Release Date: October 25th, 2019
Platforms: PC | Xbox | PS4 | Switch
The game is set in an alternate future that diverged in 1901, when U.S. President William McKinley is not assassinated by Leon Czolgosz at the Pan-American Exposition. As a result, Theodore Roosevelt never succeeded him, allowing large business trusts to dominate society well into the future, where megacorporations have begun colonizing and terraforming alien planets. Originally bound for the furthest reaches of the galaxy, a colony ship's faster-than-light travel goes astray, leaving it abandoned at the edge of colony space. The player character awakens on board from cryosleep only to find that most of the passengers are still in hibernation, and begins a journey to a nearby colony to investigate the true nature of the corporations. The game features several factions and a branching story that reacts to the player's choices. [FROM THE WIKI]
Obsidian Entertainment, based in Irvine, California, was founded in 2003 by a group of former Black Isle Studios employees including Feargus Urquhart, Chris Avellone, Chris Parker, Chris Jones and Darren Monahan. Known for its output of solid (albeit somewhat buggy) RPG titles, they cemented their fame with a trio of rock solid sequels to established properties: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas.
Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, the creators of the Fallout series, served as the game's directors and lead designers. The duo directors described the game as "the combination of [Boyarsky's] dark morbidity and Tim's silliness", and they hoped to seek a balance between silliness and drama when creating the game's tone and narrative. Romantic options were initially considered, but the feature was eventually cut by the studio. The game's writers include Boyarsky and Megan Starks. [FROM THE WIKI]
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