Obsidian Entertainment’s upcoming first-person RPG Avowed might be running on Unreal Engine 5. The news comes from the studio’s Lead VFX artist, Aaron Dubois, who updated his LinkedIn profile page to mention that Avowed was being built with Niagara fx in Epic’s new engine.
Avowed was first unveiled a couple of years ago following Xbox’s acquisition of the beloved Western RPG studio Obsidian Entertainment. The game, confirmed to be an Xbox console exclusive, is set in the Pillars of Eternity universe and sports a similar first-person gameplay design to Bethesda’s best-selling RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Dubois’ LinkedIn profile clearly lists that he’s working on Avowed, which also mentions that it’s being built on Unreal Engine 5. Obsidian and Xbox haven’t confirmed this yet, but the developer was featured by Epic on a list of companies currently using the engine.
As for when we can expect the game, it’s rumoured to release sometime in the first half of 2023, according to Windows Central’s Jez Corden. That means Avowed might be on the list of games that will potentially be shown off at the upcoming Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase taking place on 12 June. We will surely know by then which engine is being used by Obsidian to build the game.
Corden also leaked some details about Avowed‘s combat, inspirations and more. As many might’ve guessed, it’s largely inspired by Skyrim in the gameplay department, putting a spin on the dual-handed combat system. The game will also apparently recycle some of the tech and systems seen in Obsidian’s previous RPG, The Outer Worlds.
Until Obsidian and Xbox are ready to reveal more details about the promising fantasy RPG, we recommend taking everything with a pinch of salt for now.
Avowed is currently in development exclusively for Xbox Series X/S and PC.