The Outer Worlds is a brand-new first-person shooter and role-playing game from Obsidian Entertainment, the same folks who brought us Fallout: New Vegas. To answer your first question: yes, it seems that The Outer Worlds is essentially a Fallout game with the serial numbers filed off, although that's not to say that it doesn't bring something new to the picture!
Travel to multiple planets with a ragtag crew of misfits as you explore colonies and blow stuff up for fun and profit. Each of your crew members has their own likes and dislikes, so make sure you don't do something they're not too fond of while they're around you!
Like many classic RPGs of yesteryear, The Outer Worlds will give you plenty of options to solve problems. Talk it out with the bad guy and try to resolve things peaceably or go into Tactical Time Dilation and handle the situation in a decidedly less peaceful fashion.
Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later than you expected only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony.
As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter a host of factions all vying for power, who you decide to become will determine the fate of everyone in Halcyon. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.
Prosperity awaits you in Halcyon - humanity's furthest colony, located on the very edge of the frontier! Come bask in a lifetime of guaranteed full employment*, with only a minor term of [REDACTED] years of service!
GAIN A FAMILY OF FELLOW SPACER EMPLOYEES
It is expected that all employees of the Halcyon Holdings Corporation will use their full potential while acting in accordance with HHC's best interests. Please be reminded that acting against the interests of the corporations is acting against the interests of humanity.
TACTICAL TIME DILATION
A recently discovered feature of long-term hibernation, Tactical Time Dilation (patent pending) is perfect for helping you maximize your productivity! Side effects may include: blurred vision, unseemly liquefaction, explosive cell death, and/or unrelenting psychosis.
EVERYDAY SAFETY AND SECURITY
Freedom for the everyday Spacer comes with triggers and ammunition! All Spacer's Choice weapons are now thirty percent less likely to misfire!