What you need to know about Avowed, Skyrim’s spiritual successor

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Fans are eagerly awaiting The Elder Scrolls 6 and while a proper sequel to Skyrim is still far away, Avowed is looking to fill that gap for gamers.

Avowed was initially announced in July 2020 during the Xbox Games Showcase. Early development plans and the overall look and feel positioned it as a spiritual successor to The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. The first announcement trailer added to this perception, portraying a realistic atmosphere and hinting at an Xbox exclusive that would fill the void left by Bethesda Softworks.

A shift in development direction became clear in the second gameplay trailer released five months ago. This gameplay trailer shown by Obsidian featured a more cartoonish aesthetic and color palette reminiscent of the Pillars of Eternity series, the universe in which Avowed is set. Along with this trailer, the release window for Avowed was revealed.

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Avowed release date details

Avowed is likely coming out in the second half of 2024 on PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox Game Pass.

Obsidian has confirmed that Avowed is penned in for a 2024 launch. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s coming out all that soon.

The Xbox’s lineup of upcoming titles is likely set through the first half of 2024, with STALKER 2 likely set to be the highlight. Unless the plan is to stealth-launch Avowed in a way similar to Hi-Fi Rush, odds are that it’s not coming out until deeper into 2024.

Is Avowed an open-world game?

Avowed is not an open-world game, but will have a main story that is accompanied by a great deal of nonlinearity that the player can enjoy with their main story companions.

Obsidian Entertainment has clarified its departure from its initial Skyrim-inspired approach and is now pursuing a new focus on “depth over breadth.” The studio promises greater freedom in approaching the game’s world than its previous work, The Outer Worlds, with a quest design that encourages player experimentation and exploration. 

Avowed’s upcoming world may not match the vast openness of The Elder Scrolls games, but the studio believes this decision enhances the overall player experience and provides a greater sense of agency within the game’s fantasy world. Avowed was also planned once to have a multiplayer component, but this plan was also scrapped in favor of making a full single-player RPG with a focus on storytelling.

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Written by Mohamed Hassan

Mohamed still treasures his time playing games on the original PlayStation, speedrunning through the Megaman X games and replaying acclaimed role-playing game Chrono Cross countless times. Since then, his love for JRPGs and platformers has only grown and is among the driving forces behind his passion for writing about video games. He has previously written for DualShockers and Same Old Gaming, and he can be found on Twitter / X at @Weltschmerz2887.

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