It looks like upcoming space RPG The Outer Worlds will have plenty of interesting features. You’ll be able to use dialogue skills in combat, lying, intimidating, and persuading foes to win a fight, and sometimes making them flee in the process. You’ll be able to pick ‘aptitudes’ and ‘flaws’ for your character, making them more dynamic. Pretty intriguingly – you’ll also be able to add an alcoholic big-game hunter as a helpful companion.
Introduced in a guided demo of The Outer Worlds at this year’s E3, Nyoka is a bounty hunter who it seems loves a tipple as much as she does “attacking the big creatures on the planets”. She has some weapon and stealth skills you’ll be able to “use to [y]our advantage”, alongside a new character concept developer Obsidian has created – the Leader type, which has its own perk tree. If you choose to be a Leader, you’ll sacrifice a certain level of personal skill and ability – but pick the right companions and some good things will come back to you. Make Nyoka your companion and it looks like her stealthy and weapon-savvy ways will send some bonuses your way.
Another companion you’ll be able to add is called Ellie. She’s a “fast-talking medic” who’ll give you access to some dialogue skills (“probably lies mostly”, apparently) as well as medical know-how, which could definitely come in handy during a scuffle.
As in its earlier title Fallout: New Vegas, Obsidian seems to be keen to include some intriguing, fleshed-out characters with backstories of their own to the game, and it’s good to know you’ll be able to add some of them to your rag-tag bunch of companions.
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We’ve now got a release date of October 25 so it won’t be long now until you can bring Nyoka and Ellie on-board.