Avowed Devs Don’t Fear Closure Despite Arkane & Tango Closures

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"I Don't Believe In Living In Fear"

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  • Microsoft has recently closed multiple first-party studios.
  • However, the Avowed director has stated he doesn’t believe in living in fear despite what happened with other studios.
  • He feels secure being part of the Obsidian Entertainment team.

2024 hasn’t been a great year for developers, as we have seen thousands of layoffs in the industry. However, Microsoft’s teams have had it worse than most since multiple first-party studios were closed this year.

These rough decisions were supposedly unavoidable and impacted various other developers under Microsoft. Still, the Avowed director has stated that he doesn’t believe in living in fear and has a strong sense of security being part of Obsidian.

Why it matters: Obsidian Entertainment’s latest project does not appear to be on track to becoming the biggest hit. Therefore, the team runs the risk of meeting a similar fate as Arkane Austin or Tango Gameworks.

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During a recent interview with Eurogamer, Avowed game director Carrie Patel was asked about whether Microsoft first-party developers feel secure experimenting on titles following the recent closure of the studios.

He replied that it’s never easy to see layoffs happening, whether as a player or developer. He hopes that all laid-off developers land on their feet, but the director believes there’s no point living in fear.

I don’t believe in living in fear, especially if you need to be invested in the creative process.

-Carrie Patel

The director further stated that you have to believe in yourself and invest in what you are developing; you won’t be able to enjoy the process if you stay fearful of the future. Therefore, he doesn’t think much about potential failures.

Patel also stated that he feels content with Obsidian Entertainment since the studio remained independent for over a decade before Microsoft’s acquisition. Therefore, he trusts the team on a deeper level.

Avowed Does Not Have An Exact Release Date Yet

The developer’s next RPG, Avowed, is set to be released later this year, but an official date has yet to be revealed. Fortunately, the team has recently shared various new elements.

Among them, fans have been excited to learn that the RPG supports both first and third-person gameplay.

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It was also reported that the title is being developed using Unreal Engine 5.3, and as promised by the developer after its last trailer, the graphics of the Avowerd are constantly being improved. 

Following the latest previews, Obsidian Entertainment confirms that this RPG is in the final polishing phase. Therefore, fans should be learning about the release date very soon.

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