Avowed Already Fixes One of Skyrim's Biggest Problems (2024)


New gameplay footage of Obsidian's Avowed reveals one of the ways it will distinguish itself from Skyrim.

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Avowed Already Fixes One of Skyrim's Biggest Problems (2)

From the moment that Obsidian Entertainment’s (The Outer Worlds, Fallout: New Vegas) Avowed project was revealed, fans have been calling it the studio’s take on Skyrim and the rest of The Elder Scrolls series. However, the reality of the situation is a little more complicated. Not only has Xbox’s Phil Spencer tried to downplay those comparisons in the past, but previews of Avowed have made it clear that Obsidian’s title is going to be much smaller than any modern Elder Scrolls game. Those expecting Avowed to be The Elder Scrolls 6 before The Elder Scrolls 6 should adjust their expectations now.

Even still, there are obvious similarities between Avowed and The Elder Scrolls. Both come from acclaimed RPG studios, both are set in sword-and-sorcery medieval worlds, and, despite Elder Scrolls‘ third-person options, both emphasize first-person combat and exploration. So far as that last part goes, Avowed may have already addressed one of Skyrim‘s biggest problems.

In a new trailer for Avowed revealed during a recent Xbox livestream, Obsidian representatives discussed and showcased Avowed‘s gameplay much more freely than they have in the past. In fact, the team spent a surprising amount of time highlighting Avowed‘s combat system during that presentation.

It’s not hard to see why. Not only will Avowed‘s combat allow you to swap between various weapons and abilities (including guns) on the fly, but it will encourage you to mix-and-match combat strategies to account for the strengths and weaknesses of the enemies you face. As Avowed gameplay director Gabrial Paramo notes, Avowed is more than just “hacking and slashing.” Instead, it will force players to make “real-time decisions about when to use your abilities.”


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That wording seems to be very deliberate. While the Avowed team has made it clear that they’re not directly competing with Skyrim, that section of the trailer does seem to be at least a wink toward some of the ways that Avowed will at least offer an alternative to Bethesda’s RPG juggernaut.

See, for as incredible as Skyrim was, the game always suffered from its somewhat outdated combat system that was built upon the previous Elder Scrolls games. While Skyrim‘s combat is much more action-packed and “forgiving” than older Elder Scrolls titles, it was still based on a pretty traditional form of RPG combat. Attacks, blocks, dodges, and spell casts were more often representative of a series of stat checks and invisible dice rolls than the reflective actions of the player.

There are various Skyrim mods out there that help the game’s combat feel more dynamic and engaging, but they ultimately build upon a foundational system that can only be modified so much without starting from scratch. It’s no wonder that so many Skyrim players turn to the famous “Stealth Archer” build that allows them to effectively one-shot many of the game’s enemies. Until you become hilariously overpowered in Skyrim, the game’s combat is often a slog.

Obsidian’s desire to offer more dynamic combat feels especially welcome in a post-Elden Ring world where we are all perhaps a little more aware of how much genuinely engaging moment-to-moment combat can enhance the little moments in even the most epic adventures. Parts of Avowed’s combat even remind me of the dynamic and compelling sword-and-sorcery combat featured in the brilliant 2006 fantasy title Dark Messiah of Might & Magic. Of course, that game never allowed you to dual-wield magical wands as Avowed will let you do.

While I hope that Avwoed won’t trade in too much of Obsidian’s RPG brilliance for more dynamic action, it’s at least nice to see some of the ways that the game is prepared to distinguish itself from its famous spiritual competition. We’ll all have the chance to see if Avowed lives up to the hype when the game is released for Xbox Series X/S and Windows PC in Fall 2024.


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Avowed Already Fixes One of Skyrim's Biggest Problems (2024)


What is happening with Avowed? ›

Avowed is scheduled to launch in 2024 and will be available for PC via Steam and Xbox Series X|S. No official word has been given by either Obsidian or Microsoft outside of a 2024 release.

Is Avowed going to be like Skyrim? ›

Avowed isn't Obsidian's Skyrim; it's more like the studio's "fantasy take on The Outer Worlds," says game director Carrie Patel.

Will Avowed have a third person? ›

After dipping back to the Party Camp—a Baldur's Gate 3-style hub where you can upgrade your gear, chat to party members, and "huddle together to share a moment of respite," Patel casually reveals that yes, the game will have a third person mode.

Will there be romance in Avowed? ›

Avowed won't include romantic relationships and won't have a traditional approval mechanic. Instead, it will focus on platonic relationships and letting you get to know the characters as friends instead of romantic conquests.

Is The Elder Scrolls 6 going to happen? ›

What we can tell you for certain is that The Elder Scrolls 6 is indeed in development, and that it will be the next release for Bethesda Game Studios, now that Starfield is out. Even so, it's clear that the game is quite a ways out, especially following recent comments from Xbox head Phil Spencer.

What is the closest game to Skyrim? ›

10 Games Like Skyrim
  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. ...
  • Dark Souls III. ...
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. ...
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance. ...
  • Neverwinter. ...
  • The Elder Scrolls Online. Platforms: MacOS, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One. ...
  • World of Warcraft. Platforms: Windows and OS X. ...
  • Divinity 2. Platforms: Xbox 360, Windows.

Can Skyrim be played forever? ›

There's a massive amount of content, well over 230 hours and up to 500 depending on who you listen to. Because of the radiant quest system, which generates new quests, the game literally never ends.

Are they making a Skyrim 2? ›

What really matters is that Bethesda is, right now, working on a new Elder Scrolls game. Not Skyrim, not a Skyrim sequel, not a Skyrim spin-off, but a game that is actually being called The Elder Scrolls VI.

What universe is Avowed set? ›

Avowed is an upcoming action role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Xbox Game Studios. Avowed takes place in the same universe as Pillars of Eternity, in the world of Eora. The game is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2024 for Windows and Xbox Series X/S.

What are the races in Avowed? ›

Obsidian Explains Why Avowed Only Lets You Pick Human or Elf.

Will Avowed have character creation? ›

Character creation in Avowed is a process in which the player chooses from a number of options that define their character, the Envoy. These choices allow players to craft a unique character who reflects their desired playstyle and roleplaying vision.

Does Avowed have a release date? ›

Per IGN, an offical post published by Avowed Director Carrie Patel notes that the game will be in players' hands on November 12, 2024, which is significantly more detailed than the information provided in the recent story trailer.

What will happen to Ubisoft? ›

Ubisoft is looking for nearly $200 million in cost savings over the next two years, through “targeted restructuring, divesting some non-core assets and usual natural attrition,” according to a company press release. (A Ubisoft rep tells Axios that workers on the canceled games will shift to other projects.)

Is Avowed a sequel to Pillars of Eternity? ›

Chronologically, Avowed takes place shortly ("a few years") after the events of Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, but is not narratively connected to it. This would place the start of Avowed at around the year 2830 Anni Iroccio.

What is Obsidian working on now? ›

In November 2018, Obsidian Entertainment was acquired by Microsoft and became part of Xbox Game Studios. Their latest releases are the survival game Grounded and adventure game Pentiment. The studio is currently developing Avowed and The Outer Worlds 2.


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