The Outer Worlds 2 is playable in some form at Obsidian

The Outer Worlds 2 announcement

Josh Sawyer, one of the design leaders at Obsidian Entertainment, revealed to Twitter that The Outer Worlds 2 is currently in a playable state.

After having been tagged by Jason Bergman, a senior producer at Bethesda, in a Twitter post about the last five games played, Sawyer replied with Hitman: Blood Money, Prey, Backbone, Pathfinder: Kingmaker and Death Trash. He then followed up with some “unreleased” stuff he’s playing: Avowed, Outer Worlds 2 and the secret game he’s personally directing.

The tweet immediately drew attention with fans speculating that The Outer Worlds 2 could show up sooner than expected, despite indications from the trailer at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase earlier this year suggesting that the game is a ways off from even being shown.

Outer Worlds 2 is playable
Josh Sawyer doing bicycle maintenance in 2012. Uploaded to Wikipedia by Josh Sawyer.

That being said, Sawyer was quick to clarify that being able to “play” these games probably means less than people think it does. “[P]eople are unsurprisingly reading too much into the idea of a game being “playable”. you can start a new project in unreal, hit play, and you’re playing it. I’m [O]bsidian’s studio design director, so I play our games at every phase of development, including prototypes.”

The Outer Worlds 2 is being developed at Obsidian Entertainment in parallel with work on the online survival adventure Grounded and the fantasy RPG Avowed. Josh’s tweet indicates that the studio is hard at work juggling multiple projects and doing so efficiently if at least one of those games are already in a play test ready state, regardless of whether it’s Outer Worlds 2 that is playable or not.

Sawyer’s secret project is one that Obsidian devotees have known about for awhile. He doesn’t share any details but there is a small chance we’ll get an announcement for it later than year. I doubt it’ll be at Gamescom as Microsoft made it clear that their focus at Gamescom will be on currently known projects rather than announcing new ones.