In Outward, players don't assume the role of a chosen one or anyone special in particular. You are an ordinary adventurer on a quest to explore the lands. There are no special abilities or favors by the Gods that will protect you. Always remember that you're vulnerable, so be prepared before facing any danger or new foe that you encounter.
Outward aims to bring a brand new experience to players all around the globe while creating a brand new RPG sub-genre. In this game, you don't just rush into a pack of savage beasts. That's how you get yourself killed in a matter of moments. Outsmarting and outmaneuvering your enemies is the name of the game. Lay down some traps, make use of your special equipment, even perform a powerful magic ritual. Take on each threat carefully. Jumping straight into danger will be your undoing.
There are many physical threats out in the world that can end you, ranging from bandits to monsters. But, other dangers lurk there as well, mostly in the form of our basic needs like eating and drinking. Cold weather or an infectious disease can all be the thing that kills you if you aren't taking them seriously.
The game doesn't let you reload, as it is constantly auto-saving. That means once you find yourself in a bad situation, there is no going back. You can't just reload and try again. The point is to put yourself in the shoes of your character. There is no room for errors in Outward. But, in some cases, defeat doesn't always mean death. If a group of bandits takes you down, they might not just outright kill you. There is a chance they hold you for ransom or even drag you into the woods and leaving you there to die after they took everything valuable from you. Failure is a regular part of life which helps you learn and grow, and it makes every adventurer more prepared for the tasks that are yet to come.
Ritualistic spell casting is another impressive feature found in Outward. There is no button that lets you cast a devastating magic attack. No, an adventurer needs to know the steps of a magical ritual in order to perform it. But, if you do know how to perform such a task, you get to cast an incredibly potent spell that can obliterate an enemy.
Outward is a genre-bending RPG that aims to bring extreme realism to players. Enter a huge world alone or with a friend and go on an epic and very dangerous journey as an ordinary human, and see how far you can go.