Ultimate Guide to Avowed – Gameplay, Features and Release Date

Obsidian Entertainment released the first glimpse of gameplay for their hotly anticipated RPG, Avowed. Slated for release in Fall 2024, this Xbox and PC exclusive invites players into the fantasy world of Eora.

In this ultimate guide, we look at everything you need to know about the game, including gameplay and combat, features and what might make this fantasy RPG stand out from the crowd in 2024.

An Expansive Fantasy Epic

Avowed screenshot

Avowed is set in the same universe as Obsidian’s Pillars of Eternity games. However, Avowed trades the isometric perspective of those RPGs for a more immersive first-person viewpoint.

The game takes place on a plagued, untamed island known as the Living Lands. As shown in the trailer, environments range from medieval cities to mystical academies. Avowed looks to deliver Obsidian’s signature worldbuilding on a more ambitious scale than ever before.

Avowed Story

A character in an avowed video game is standing in a field.

Little is known about the main storyline so far, but early details suggest there is a spreading plague on one of the islands that players will investigate over the course of their journey.

While details remain scarce on Avowed’s specific story, its development studio provides clues on what to expect. Obsidian Entertainment has an acclaimed catalogue of RPGs like Fallout: New Vegas and The Outer Worlds.

These engrossing, choice-driven roleplaying experiences should inform the quality and depth of Avowed’s world – and with Microsoft’s 2018 acquisition of Obsidian, the studio definitely has the resources of an AAA studio to realize its creative vision.

Avowed Gameplay

A screenshot of the video game Avowed with a majestic mountain in the background.

Avowed thrusts players into the role of a character who has developed mysterious powers.

The world is filled with magic, mystical creatures, and monsters to battle using weapons like firearms, swords, and shields. Companions are also available to join the player’s party.

Obsidian Entertainment is known for creating expansive worlds with choices that matter, and Avowed looks to follow suit. The developers have emphasized that Avowed supports multiple play styles, whether you prefer intimate, up-close melee combat or tactical ranged attacks.

Conversations also seem to allow for different approaches, like intimidation or persuasion. This means you can customize your character and tailor gameplay to match your preferred experience.

Strategic, Satisfying Combat

Combat appears to blend magic and melee for tactically satisfying encounters. The gameplay footage in the recently released video below showcases swords, shields, firearms, and magic wands as potential weapons.

Players seem able to freely mix weapons and abilities, like freezing an enemy with a spell then shattering them with a sword strike. Stealth also appears to be an option for cunning heroes.

With magic and might at your disposal, Avowed promises you can approach encounters however you see fit.

Avowed Game Features

A stunning screenshot of a village in Avowed.

Features of the game include:

  • First-person perspective – Avowed is played from an immersive first-person point of view, unlike the isometric perspective of previous games set in Eora
  • Investigate a mysterious plague – The main quest involves uncovering the origins of and finding a way to stop a plague sweeping across the Living Lands
  • Variety of weapons for combat – Swords, shields, firearms and magical wands can all be used in combat, allowing you to mix ranged and melee attacks
  • Magic and melee abilities – Unlock powerful combat abilities across various magical and physical skill trees
  • Customize weapons – Individual weapons can be upgraded and modified, adding specialized bonuses and damage types
  • Recruit unique companions – Interesting NPCs with distinct personalities can join your party as companions, each bringing their own combat capabilities
  • Dialogue choices impact tone – Conversations allow you to select dialogue options to reflect whether you want to be persuasive, aggressive, joking etc.
  • Open zone areas to explore – While not a full open world, Avowed features large open map zones, expanding the areas available to explore over previous Eora titles

Avowed Release Date

Avowed will be an Xbox X|S and PC exclusive and will launch in Fall 2024. It will also be available on Xbox & PC Game Pass on day one.

We’re excited for this release, and it looks as though Avowed might be Obsidian’s most ambitious game to date in terms of size and scale. Between the studio’s pedigree and the technology powering it, Avowed looks to fulfill its vision of an expansive fantasy realm waiting to be explored.

For more information, check out the Avowed website, X and YouTube. Visit the Xbox store or wishlist on Steam.

Avowed FAQ

What Game Engine is Avowed Built On?

The game is built on Unreal Engine 5.

What is the Release Date for Avowed?

Avowed will be released in Fall 2024.

What Platforms will Avowed be on?

Avowed will be an Xbox X|S and PC exclusive release.

What Game is Avowed Based On?

Avowed is based on Pillars of Eternity and will be set in the same world of Eora.

What Type of Game is Avowed?

Avowed is a first person fantasy RPG.

Does Avowed have Multiplayer Co-op?

Avowed does not have multiplayer co-op and is a single player game.

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Harriet Gough
Over 20 years' experience as a writer and games journalist. Avid gamer and enjoy a wide range of game genres including MMOs, FPS and RTS. My favorite games include Warframe, Skyrim, Destiny 2, CoD and Age of Empires.

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