July 3, 2022

The Outer Worlds Will Be Available As Part of Xbox’s Game Pass

Key art for the outer worlds

The Outer Worlds, the highly anticipated space-age RPG, looks like Xbox One players can play it for free. As part of the Xbox One’s Game Pass, players can download straight to their console ahead of the game’s release. I can confirm this news myself as I have already downloaded the game. I won’t be able to play it until it officially gets released 25th October but it’s there! Save the inevitable release patches, that is.

Of course, it’s not the first new game players have been able to pick up for nothing. It is, however, one of a few non-Microsoft Studio’s products that will be available immediately.

If The Outer Worlds seems a little Fallout-esque to you, there’s a good reason for it. It’s been directed by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, the co-creators of Fallout. That means that all of the good stuff you love from Bethesda’s franchise should be visible in The Outer Worlds. Which, for anyone left with a sour taste in their mouth after recent entries, should be music to your ears.

Take-Two Took One From Microsoft

For anyone wondering why it would be available via the Game Pass, there’s a reason for that as well. Microsoft Studios had been in the process of acquiring Obsidian Entertainment at the game’s announcement. However, Take-Two pipped them to the post and secured publishing rights before Microsoft’s offer. Not bad for consumers!

Taking the game’s blurb from the Microsoft store page;

“The Outer Worlds is a new single-player sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.

Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later than you expected only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony.

Welcome to the future – try not to break it.”


The Outer Worlds will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC 25th October 2019. A Nintendo Switch version will be released later.

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