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Outer Wilds

Outer Wilds wants to deviate from classic Myst-style puzzles

We spoke with the devs at PAX East recently.

Outer Wilds is a game coming from the suitably titled Team Outer Wilds and publisher Annapurna Interactive, and at PAX East we talked with creative director Alex Beachum and game designer Loan Verneau about what exactly the game is about as well as the partnership with Annapurna.

"Outer Wilds is an open-world mystery where you explore a solar system that's trapped in a 20-minute time loop," was the simple explanation offered to us by Beachum.

"We're actually trying to go away from the Myst style of puzzle, the classical puzzly puzzles that you find," Vernau added. "Instead it's more environmental 'puzzles' - in quotes - in the sense that it's more about understanding the world, the environments. We have a giant gas planet with oceans and tornados, and it's about finding clues and understanding how the tornados work [...] how you can navigate the environments."

Talking about the partnership with publisher Annapurna Interactive, Verneau said: "It's been amazing, because Annapurna really believed in the idea behind Outer Wilds and our design, and really helped us just finish the game to a level of quality that was way higher than we ever hoped for."

2018 is the only window we were given in terms of the game's release, but it sounds like it's very close to completion at least. Does the concept grab you?

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