Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but there’s no romance options for companions in The Outer Worlds.
The Outer Worlds has officially launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, which is great news for people seeking a single-player RPG in the vein of Fallout following Bethesda’s poor pricing model for Fallout 76 1st. But, on a downer, unlike Fallout 4 and the vast majority of other role-playing video games there are no romance options for companions in Obsidian Entertainment’s The Outer Worlds.
Developed by the people responsible for arguably the greatest Fallout game in New Vegas, The Outer Worlds has been dubbed one of the best RPGs of the year and has been praised for its amount of choices.
The game’s character creation suite is stunning, there’s a lot of dialogue options which will be welcome for those who loathed the dialogue wheel in Fallout 4, and it’s just a “a planet-sized helping of fun” as per the Guardian.
Can you romance companions in The Outer Worlds?
No. You cannot romance any companions in The Outer Worlds.
Be it Parvati, Ellie, Vicar Max or Felix, there are no romance options for any companions in the game. For those who enjoy sweet-talking video game characters (and let’s be honest who doesn’t?) this is no doubt disappointing.
The option to romance specific women, men, aliens and robots in role-playing games such as Mass Effect has always been a highlight of the genre. JRPGs such as Persona 5 even have an entire system dedicated to seizing a video game waifu.
As for why there are no romance options in The Outer Worlds, Leonard Boyarsky – a co-creator of the original Fallout games – explained to Polygon back in December 2018 that the omission was a conscious decision.
According to Boyarsky, Obsidian’s decision to have no romance options was decided by wanting players to focus on role-playing their character rather than having their decisions tempered by who they simply want to bed.
In short, they decided to not have any romantic shenanigans so you wouldn’t make decisions based on what you’re feeling down south.
The Outer Worlds is now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.