Star Wars Outlaws’ gameplay looks stunning in the new trailer publisher Ubisoft revealed at its Forward showcase event on June 12. A cinematic trailer introduced the open-world game during the Xbox Showcase on June 11, letting players establish a sense of what dusty orange, galactic drama to expect, but the gameplay indicates a departure from other big Ubisoft games, too.
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That is what Ubisoft promised when it announced the game, then unnamed, in 2021, saying the game will be “totally different from what we have done in the past, while upping the bar for the industry” in a Q&A with The Divisiondeveloper Massive Entertainment.
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Appropriately, today’s gameplay trailer indicates a fresh approach to the infamously overwhelming open-world maps that games like Far Cry 3 have made synonymous with Ubisoft. In it, we see roguish main character Kay Vess (Ginny & Georgia’s Humberly González) avoiding enemies through stealth and her smooth motorcycle. She’s able to assign tasks to her beaming companion pet Nix, unleashing it on enemies or using it to help her press far away buttons.
If she’s discovered anyway, she can fight back directly with her firearm, using it to buy time before swinging away on a rope, or whatever useful object is nearby.
The game seems to follow Respawn Entertainment’s lead in its spring-released Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, encouraging players to balance sinking into Outlaws’ narrative with mastering its gameplay minutiae.
This action-adventure game centers on Kay as she dodges bounty hunters and loots the galaxy, aided by her pet and shag haircut. It is “set between the events of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi,” the description on its cinematic trailer indicates, and you can expect it on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC in 2024.
Before that, though, dedicate a quick study session to learning the litany of other, soon-to-be-released Star Wars games.
Respawn is developing a sequel to Star WarsJedi: Fallen Order, for example, as well as a first-person shooter and strategy game. Uncharted director Amy Hennig is also collaborating with Star Wars 1313 director Dominic Robilliard on another Star Wars title, a rectifying event after her past attempt at Visceral Games was thwarted by the studio’s collapse. Studios come and go, but the star wars are, apparently, unending.
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