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Outward (2019) is a fantasy adventure focused on an ordinary character surviving against the odds. There's a focus on realism rather than superpowers or magical abilities. You have to look after your warmth, hunger, fatigue, illness, and thirst as well as the more common battling monsters and collecting gold.

This makes it a challenging game that isn't for everyone but persevere at developing your character, a large amount of travelling by foot and gaining competency and this offers a rare and rewarding cooperative role-play adventure. It has some rough edges, being from a smaller team, but if the game clicks these don't matter.

If you die in battle, you may be imprisoned by enemies or, if you have developed suitable relationships, brought back to safety by other game characters. You lose progress and equipment if you die without help, but you can save your progress frequently.

Obtaining weapons, learning spells and other advancements are intentionally difficult to achieve. The game aims to create a sense of powerlessness and caution as much as the call to adventure. Skills and stat increases must all be earned by completing quests or paying experts to receive training.

Quests have multiple outcomes, and success or failure can permanently affect the game world and how the story progresses, such as a character being convinced to stay in a faction, or an important city being permanently destroyed if the player fails to kill certain characters.

You play as an inhabitant of the city of Cierzo, shipwrecked off the coast of your home city. You are tasked with paying a family dept in five days, before choosing whether to walk away from your bloodline by joining the Holy Mission of Elatt, join a new family by helping the Blue Chamber Collective, or turn your back on the patriarchal system through the Heroic Kingdom of Levant. Which of these three factions you choose determines how the game unfolds and your part in it.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Outward 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Role-Play game with Action, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Simulation and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 75 hours to complete. The game can take longer depending on proficiency and how far from the beaten track you stray.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence, scenes which some players may find disturbing, and use of mildly offensive language. Violence consists of close confrontations between your player and other people and creatures out in the world. Players are armed with a variety of weapons which they can craft themselves. Attacks deal damage by numbers represented on a life bar. Some blood but no injuries are shown and when a character’s life bar is depleted, their body falls to the ground to be looted by the player. When the player is defeated, they wake up again at their nearest camp. There are multiple dead, human bodies littered throughout the game. While not depicting any wounds, some of these are covered in blood and may be disturbing to some players. Mild language includes the word ‘*!@?*’.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. This is an intentionally challenging game with a focus on realism. You need good forward planning and resilience to setbacks to enjoy this. Also, the ability to cope with combat and the possibility of losing progress.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.


Outward usually costs £34.99.


Steam Store PC £34.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99
XBox Store Xbox One -
Switch Store Switch -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One.
Additional content can be purchased.
  • Soroboreans Expansion: Adds new Skills, Enchantments, New weapon type (The Gauntlets) and terrifying Dungeons and blood-thirsty creatures. The level of corruption affects you in different ways. New Skill Trees and Status Effects. New dungeons with great rewards await those who venture forth within the depths of these deadly, mysterious and interconnected tunnels.
  • Pearlbird Pet and Fireworks Skill: Adds the ability to use fireworks and a pet for your travels. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/03/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Collecting, Fighting, Narrative, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 8 features

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Nine Dots Studio (@NineDotsStudio)

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