We didn’t get to see much of Avowed last week, just enough to get us interested in whatever Obsidian is up to. If a leak by Sponger on Resetera forum holds any weight, then it appears that Avowed is absolutely massive.
Apparently this open-world RPG is several times bigger and denser than Skyrim. It is the and that gets me. Having a large world is easy enough, but players want things to do. That is where density comes in, giving you areas worth exploring.
Avowed is using real-time weather systems, which can impact gameplay. The idea is to make an RPG where the world reacts to the actions and choices of the player and allows interaction. If all this doesn’t sound ambitious enough, add in physics simulation for the spells and updated AI sytems.
I was already excited about this due to being an Obsidian RPG, and being set in the Pillars of Eternity world. Of course, we should take it all with a good dose of scepticism, as Sponger isn’t a sure bet for Microsoft related leaks.
Until we learn more, we can dream at least. Of spells and swords and ciphers.