One of the things about game development that has to be particularly tough is keeping things secret for months and even years ahead of official announcements. And sometimes even the best-kept secrets get out anyway – which may be what’s just happened with The Outer Worlds’ release date.
The sharp eyes over at Dark Side of Gaming noticed that SteamDB had logged a change to The Outer Worlds’ entry. Someone had added – and then quickly deleted – a specific release date for the game’s Steam page. That date? August 6, 2019.
Obsidian (or whoever is handling The Outer Worlds’ Steam page for them) might have removed the date as soon as it went up, but SteamDB maintains a revision history for each page in the database, and so the date information – even though it’s been removed from Steam itself – remains viewable to anybody looking through the SteamDB entry.
Obsidian hasn’t officially announced when The Outer Worlds is launching, and there’s no way to know if this August 6 date that appeared on Steam is accurate without them saying so. However, August 6 does fall on a Tuesday this year, and Tuesday is the traditional release date for videogames.
The Outer Worlds was revealed at the Game Awards in December, and in certain quarters it’s a hotly-anticipated title – after all, it’s coming from the creators of Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, and it looks like the kind of meaty, single-player role-playing experience fans have been craving for a while now.
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We know that it’s got a couple Fallout-like features, but it’s also clearly its own game, with a more wacky, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy approach to the world and story. Whether it ships on August 6 or some other date, we’ll be looking forward to seeing this bold new world from Obsidian.
We’ve reached out to Obsidian for comment.