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Obsidian’s CEO comments why Avowed is not the studio’s take on Skyrim

What you need to know

  • Avowed is a AAA RPG by  Obsidian Entertainment that was revealed in 2020. It will be the third release from Obsidian since their acquisition in 2018, joining Grounded and Pentiment.
  • Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart gave an interview to PC Gamer about Avowed following the Xbox Games Showcase.
  • Avowed was originally pitched at Obsidian’s take on Skyrim, but production pivoted to be more focused on a more traditional RPG delivery as opposed to Bethesda brand sandbox-style gameplay. 

If you look for Avowed content on your search engine of choice, you will undoubtedly be inundated with results that refer to the game as Obsidian’s take on Skyrim. In the three years since its initial CGI trailer reveal, all we knew of Avowed was speculation, rumors, and those Skyrim comparisons. According to Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart, who sat down with PC Gamer for an interview, the comparisons were justified. “Originally, we were pitching, in essence, our Skyrim,” Urquhart confirmed in the interview.

Despite all of the comparisons to Skyrim, the team at Obsidian ultimately decided to do what they do best, and Avowed shifted to a more RPG-focused experience. While medieval magic and swordplay remained, the weight of crafting a massive open world eventually fell to the wayside. “Every game development process for every title is this chain of ideation, iteration, and polish,” says Carrie Patel, director of Avowed.


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