Obsidian’s Avowed Gameplay Trailer Revealed at Xbox Games Showcase 2023, Set to Launch in 2024

The first gameplay trailer for Obsidian’s upcoming RPG, Avowed, was unveiled at the Xbox Games Showcase 2023, providing a closer look at the Living Lands and its unique first-person combat system.
Avowed Lava Covered Characters
Image: Obsidian

The Xbox Games Showcase 2023 presented a fresh look at Obsidian Entertainment’s highly anticipated RPG, Avowed, with the debut of its first-ever gameplay trailer. This marked a significant reveal for fans who have been eagerly awaiting new information about the title, set to be released in 2024.

Avowed, which expands upon the universe of Obsidian’s acclaimed Pillars of Eternity series, presents an all-new setting and perspective in the world of Eora. The game unfolds in the Living Lands, a region rife with danger and adventure, bursting with unusual flora and enigmatic secrets.

Avowed Characters Ready To Fight
Image: Obsidian

The Living Lands, an intriguing, plague-ridden island, boasts a unique environment within the world of Eora. Players can anticipate exploring diverse landscapes, from bustling port towns to rolling hills filled with bizarre and fantastical plant life. The island’s robust ecosystem houses various creatures, sentient mushrooms, and tribes of lizard-like Xaurips, all potentially posing threats to unwary explorers.

Companions will play a vital role in Avowed, as they have in previous Obsidian RPGs. Kai, the first companion revealed, serves as the narrator of the gameplay trailer. Kai, a former soldier and a Coastal Aumaua currently residing in the Living Lands, emerges as one of the few friendly faces in this wild frontier. His pragmatic and idealistic demeanor will guide players on their perilous journey through the Living Lands.

The gameplay trailer also provided a preview of Avowed’s unique first-person combat system. Obsidian has developed an array of combat options for players, including swords, shields, pistols, and magical spells. The ability to dual wield these resources opens up a wide variety of strategies for players, thereby enhancing the game’s combat experience.

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The combat system is a crucial aspect of the game, given the diverse threats populating the Living Lands. From tribes of Xaurips to plagued undead and perilous plant life, the island poses a multitude of challenges that players will need to confront and overcome.

In addition to its release on Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10/11, and Steam, Avowed will be accessible on day one with Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass.

While this gameplay trailer offers a tantalizing glimpse into the world of Avowed, Obsidian Entertainment promises more updates as the 2024 release date approaches. The development team is eager to share their hard work with fans of the Pillars of Eternity series and new players alike, aiming to deliver an immersive, adventure-filled experience in the uniquely crafted world of Eora.

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage is the founder and editor-in-chief of Try Hard Guides. He has been covering and writing about video games for over 9 years. He is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Web Design and New Media. In his off-time, he enjoys playing video games, watching bad movies, and spending time with his family.


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