Obsidian (Fallout New Vegas): Why is their game so promising compared to Disco Elysium?

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Pentiment is the next game from the creators of The Outer Worlds and Fallout New Vegas, and.

Looking at the first pictures, at first it is hard to imagine that Pentiment is the work of Obsidian. The American company recently offered us the galactic RPG The Outer Worlds then Grounded, a survival game in the world of giant insects. Also among its most famous in history are the Fallout New Vegas and the Pillars of Eternity franchise. This June 12, 2022, during the Xbox and Bethesda ceremony, above all Avowed is what we expect to see. It was billed in 2020 as the studio’s first high-profile project, led by the Xbox treasury. A first-person game set in the fantasy world of Eora, the scene of the events of some Pillars of Eternity. But in the end it was something very different on display, in a little more spirit.


Penment, survey of the Renaissance

In Pentiment, the player takes on the role of Andreas Maler, a traveler who is about to become a master artist who stays in a Benedictine abbey. One day, one of his loyal friends was accused of a heinous murder but expressed his innocence to anyone who would listen. Out of friendship, Andreas takes on the role of the detective in the Middle Ages.

Obsidian (Fallout New Vegas): Why is their game so promising compared to Disco Elysium?

Developed by Obsidian, this historic action-adventure game with a unique graphic style invites you to solve a German mystery in the early 16th century. You play as a skilled illustrator who has been caught up in a series of murders at Kiersau Abbey for twenty-five years where you see each of the protagonists change.. You can only unmask the killer, but every choice you make has irreversible effects and will take you to the heart of a real conspiracy-Steam.

Every decision that can have a life-changing impact on the future of the characters; the consequences must be borne. The title was refined by a small group of 12 people in an “indie” spirit. In its title, we find Josh Sawyer, director of Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, but also a good follower of branching narration. Rather than a pure investigative game, it’s an adventure narrative composed of elements of mystery and murder, he would explain.


A game like Disco Elysium?

It was rumored last year that Obsidian was working on a game show inspired by the success of Disco Elysium and its crazy investigations.. With such a comparison, we therefore expect a good management of skills and dialogues, as well as a resolution of conflicts through speech rather than through combat. This information was dropped by the expert Jeff Grubb at an episode of the Grubbsnax Show, who already explained the meaning of the term “Pentiment”: “an obscure image in a painting, especially one that is visible when the top layer of paint becomes transparent with age“. Probably referring to the graphic style that is very natural reminiscent of period illuminations and woodcuts. In an interview with IGN, Sawyer reveals that he was first inspired by another work from 1992, an RPG called Darklands that immerses the player in the 15th century Holy Roman Empire with a supernatural twist, and on Twitter he clarified his other sources:

One thing that always comes up is the idea that Pentiment is like Disco Elysium or DE inspired. This is true in the sense that DE is a strange and inspiring game in a broad sense (and also that it’s not really a combat system, but that’s kind of secondary). Pentiment plays more like Night in the Woods, Oxenfree, or Mutazione with light RPG elements and a branching narrative.

Obsidian has long been known for its characters and story lines. ; At The Outer Worlds, we noticed in our columns “overall very smooth writing, often ridiculous and destructive“. Fallout New Vegas is also praised for its writing and its respect for the DNA of the post-apocalyptic saga. It’s often the technique that seems to lack the studio’s lack of greedy products, wiping out an aging overall -consciousness, sometimes not good looking.visual and a recessed AI.But with the 2D aesthetic adopted by Pentiment and its point and click gameplay (choices fully implemented in South Park: The Stick of Truth) , Obsidian is able to create a safer space.The narrative game also explores some themes similar to the games in New Vegas and the Pillars of Eternity, namely “death, social change and class conflict “ (IGN).


Obsidian-style storytelling

As for the mechanic, Grubb is already betting time on an RPG rich in dialogues full of multiple response options and relatively limited combat. Hedonist, Artisan, Bookworm, Rascal, Trader … your Andreas will be able to inherit a backdrop that will affect his choices. Still need to know where from far away country. So if he chooses Italy, he will be able to speak the language, to boast of having some Greek ideas and a strong local art culture. Looking at the first pictures, our investigation of a particular bloody murder seems to follow the thread of a day/night cycle and consists of some puzzles. Others will always rely on your intuition.

One of the important things about the game is that we never tell you definitively, canonically, who the killer is. You have to investigate, find as much evidence as possible. You make your decisions based on what is most important to you. In fact, you will decide who will pay for this crime. It could be the person you believe committed the crime. It could be the person you think should be punished, whether they are guilty or not. Maybe he’s your youngest man. Maybe he’s the man you think is less forgotten in the community – Josh Sawyer of IGN.

Obsidian (Fallout New Vegas): Why is their game so promising compared to Disco Elysium? Obsidian (Fallout New Vegas): Why is their game so promising compared to Disco Elysium?

Pentiment will be available in November 2022 on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series with instant Game Pass integration. In terms of life span, you can count on about fifteen hours.


About the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase

Why are Xbox and Bethesda together in force?

In September 2020, Microsoft dropped a real bomb: the company led by Satya Nadella will buy ZeniMax Media for 7.5 billion dollars. So, Bethesda and all of its studios moved under the banner of Microsoft and Xbox Games Studios. If Bethesda still seems to enjoy a certain autonomy, the two conferences are now one.

Where, when and how?

In a world where the covid-19 pandemic has not occurred, the Microsoft conference will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, this world doesn’t exist, and Microsoft is organizing its online conference this Sunday at 7 p.m. The show should last 1h30. For others we need to find a classic format, with trailers and some interventions.

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