The popular developers confirm that the game has multiple endings: “It’s an obsidian game”

The popular developers confirm that the game has multiple endings: “It’s an obsidian game”

During the recent Xbox Developer Direct, we got a deeper look at how Obsidian’s upcoming RPG, Avowed, will handle player choice through a closer look at a specific side quest. But this got us wondering: What is the natural endpoint of a game that emphasizes choice? Will the Confessor have multiple endings?

I was able to find out the answer to that by speaking to game director Carrie Patel shortly after the live broadcast, where she confirmed that yes, Avowed will indeed have multiple endings. clearly! “I mean it’s an obsidian game,” she said. “What would we be if we didn’t have some different endings?”

Patel didn’t specify more about how many endings there would be or how different they would be from each other, but we talked more about how player choice will be expressed in the game, and how players will experience it. It’s not just a matter of pushing dominoes, but one event happens somewhere every time a player does something, Patel told me. What matters most is the player’s expression, how the player understands and interprets the world they are interacting with, especially in a game where parts of the world are open and players may not see every reaction or interaction.

“You have to approach it with some degree of scope, both in terms of the prevalence and location of those consequences, as well as the nature of those consequences,” she says. “Some things need surprising but believable outcomes. If things go exactly as you expect, you might get a little bored. At the same time, not every mission has to have apocalyptic consequences. Some certainly have huge impacts. The characters in the world of around you, but sometimes the story you’re experiencing is just a very personal story for the characters involved. And that’s okay, too.

“I think the great thing about RPGs is that there’s a lot of room for that spread in terms of the style and type and scope and nature of the content. And so you’re giving players a big world where they can find a lot of very different experiences that add to their experience as the hero of that game.”

It won’t be long before we get to see exactly what options Obsidian has in store, as Avowed recently received a 2024 release window. It premiered in 2020 with more footage shown at Xbox’s 2023 showcase. We also spoke to Patel about why Avowed ditched romance to focus on different types of companion relationships, and why players can only choose an elf or human in the character creator.

Rebecca Valentine is a senior reporter at IGN. Got a story tip? Send it to rvalentine@ign.com.

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