That’s according to Daniel Ahmad, senior analyst at Niko Partners, and a generally reliable insider who tweeted: “Last I heard a new entry in the franchise is being explored, currently in pre-production.
“Could change into something else ofc, but this is the current status.”
Microsoft, which acquired Obsidian in November 2018, has said it hopes to build The Outer Worlds into an “enduring franchise”, while the game’s narrative designer told VGC last year that the studio is “absolutely interested” in fleshing out The Outer Worlds with future games and already has “a full universe of lore”.
It was announced last week that The Outer Worlds will be released on Steam on October 23, 2020.
The first of two expansions for The Outer Worlds, Peril on Gorgon, released in September and increased the level cap to 33.
A second expansion, Murder on Eridanos, is scheduled to launch in the first half of calendar 2021.
Peril on Gorgon is available for $14.99 digitally or it can be purchased as part of the Outer Worlds Expansion Pass, which will also include Murder on Eridanos, for $24.99.