Ladies and gentlemen, gather 'round, for I bring you news from the realm of Avowed, Obsidian's highly anticipated RPG! As we embark on this epic adventure, it's time to address a burning question: can you conquer the land without shedding a single drop of blood? Well, hold onto your enchanted swords, my friends, because the answer is both yes and no!
In the hallowed tradition of the original Fallout, Avowed recognizes the allure of pacifism. Oh, the joy of talking your way out of trouble or sneaking through the shadows undetected! But alas, this is not a tale of absolute nonviolence. Game director Carrie Patel tells us, "This isn't a game where you're gonna have a pure pacifist run." Fear not, intrepid adventurers, for there is hope yet!
While the path of peace may not be the only road to victory, Avowed offers a glimmer of hope for diplomatic souls. Drawing inspiration from their own masterpiece, Pillars of Eternity, Obsidian grants us the power of persuasive discourse. You can still charm your way through certain predicaments, leveraging alliances forged and favors earned. Patel hints at the importance of player choices and the reactivity of characters you encounter along your perilous journey. Ah, the sweet satisfaction of a well-placed word, unlocking doors and sealing fates!
But wait, there's more! Patel tantalizes us with whispers of stealth solutions. Yes, my friends, the shadows shall be your sanctuary. Slip past your foes with the grace of a moonlit dancer, leaving them dumbfounded and confused. The thrill of a silent takedown, the artistry of evasion—it's a game of wits and guile, where the cunning prevail!
In their quest to accommodate different playstyles, Obsidian once toyed with the idea of a knockout gun in The Outer Worlds. Alas, it met an untimely demise, as confusion clouded the minds of players. How long would those dastardly enemies stay asleep? And what does it mean to knock out a robot, anyway? Besides, when you're tasked with collecting fingers for bounties, is it fair game to simply knock them out and snatch them away? The complexities of morality, my dear adventurers!
While Avowed may not offer a pure pacifist experience, it weaves a tapestry of freedom and exploration. Patel affirms that there will be no singular path carved in stone for us to follow. Nay, dear readers, the world shall unfurl before our very eyes, beckoning us to untold wonders and perilous quests. So many places to visit, so many points of interest to discover! The choices are vast, and the consequences ripple throughout the realm.
But fear not, for Avowed promises companions who stand by our side, unwavering in their loyalty. No matter the choices we make, they will not abandon us in our time of need. A comforting thought, is it not? To have allies who understand the complexities of our journey, the shades of gray that color our decisions.
And there's more good news! Avowed embraces the spirit of Skyrim with its ability trees, granting us the power to shape our characters without the constraints of traditional classes. Oh, the possibilities that lie before us! We can forge our own destinies, becoming masters of magic, masters of the blade, or perhaps even masters of the arcane arts that blend the two.
So, my brave adventurers, mark your calendars for the fall, when Avowed shall grace our screens and ignite our imaginations. Embrace the thrill of combat, the allure of diplomacy, and the shadows that whisper with secrets. It may not be a pacifist's paradise, but it is a world ripe with possibilities. Let us venture forth and leave our mark upon the annals of history. Avowed awaits!