Obsidian Entertainment’s co-director Leonard Boyarsky has announced that The Outer Worlds will not be an overly political game.
In an interview with VGC, Boyarsky explained that the new sci-fi RPG explores the “dark side” of capitalism, but the studio does not intend to “lecture” players about socio-economic politics.
“I don’t want people to think this is a really hard, politically-charged game: it’s supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be humorous.”
The Outer Worlds’s story is not a critique of modern western capitalism but more about “power and how power is used against people who don’t have it.” Boyarsky further added, “It can be insidious; the way which people control the stories you tell about the world. If you let other people control that narrative, then they can control you to a certain degree. That can be any form of government: if it wasn’t capitalism it could be something else.”
Leonard Boyarsky and Tim Cain developed Fallout: New Vegas, a gritty game with several factions often leaving the player to make difficult moral decisions. The Outer Worlds will also reflect their iconic satirical humour with two main factions vying for power.
However, Boyarsky stressed that both he and the studio have been extremely careful over the portrayal of current political themes and ideologies in the game: “There are people in this game who have philosophies that I don’t agree with and I take pains to make those people very likeable, very sensible and very believable. Then there are people in the game who say things I agree with, who are perhaps not very nice to hang out with.”
Boyarsky wants Obsidian’s new game to be a humorous experience with political undertones that lets players explore without prejudice.