Despite also launching for “free” on the Xbox Games Pass, The Outer Worlds has sold 2 million copies since its release in October last year, according to Take-Two’s most recent earnings call.
That’s pretty good for a little, single-player space adventure that tugged rather heavily on our nostalgia for Obsidian’s prior successes. It was one of the first games to be published by Private Division, Take-Two Interactive’s indie label, but its future lies with Microsoft.
Microsoft acquired Obsidian in 2018, so any further additions to the Outer Worlds franchise will be published by them. Fortunately, they consider the game to be an “enduring franchise” so we can expect a lot more Fallout-in-space to come.
If you were hoping to get your paws on the Nintendo Switch version of The Outer Worlds, originally set for release on 6 March, you may be out of luck. Current publisher Private Division announced that the Switch port has been delayed due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Virtuos, the company developing the Switch port, is based in Singapore but has offices across China, which recently suspended business operations until 10 February in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.
We’re delaying @OuterWorlds on Nintendo Switch due to the coronavirus impacting the Virtuos team working on the port, to provide them enough time to finish development. We’ll now be releasing the physical version on cartridge. Once we have a new launch date, we’ll let you know!