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Will Avowed Be an Elder Scrolls Killer?


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I think competition is good. For more than a decade the Elder Scrolls has rained supreme in terms of open world western RPGs. And Avowed looks like its coming to take its crown.

Competition is Good For Gaming
The fact that Microsoft has two studios that are competing in the same space bodes well for the future. I think that the worst thing that every happened to NFL video games was that EA sports got exclusive rights to the license it took 2K sports out of the picture and without the competition Madden just kinda stayed the same, there was no need for innovation. With a monopoly they had cornered the market. The NBA license was never monopolized by EA or 2K and eventually 2K's NBA games were so good. EA just stopped developing a basketball game using the NBA license. So I thinks its really good Obsidian and Bethesda are competing. Fans will inevitably play Elder scrolls 6 and Avowed and they will always compare the two. It will lead to innovation and cause both companies to really push the envelope.

Avowed is More Than An Elder Scrolls Clone
I think it would be a mistake to think Avowed is simply and Elder Scrolls clone though. If you haven't seen the official announcement trailer for Avowed yet be sure to check it out. While the dual wielding does leave strong echoes of Skyrim. The game is based on the pillars of eternity universe. So it already has a long established history, setting and magical system to draw on.

There was a nice write up on 'games radar' about everything that we know about Avowed so far. Be sure to check it out when you get a chance. The rumor is that the world will feature a real time weather system and will be waaaay larger than Skyrim. I can't wait to hear more.

 

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