Outer Wilds’ first and only expansion, Echoes of the Eye, lands on September 28

There’s more to explore here

The Outer Wilds are expanding this September. Today, Mobius Digital and Annapurna Interactive confirmed that Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye arrives on Sept. 28, 2021.

Shown during today’s Annapurna Interactive ShowcaseEchoes of the Eye will weave directly into the world and narrative of Outer Wilds. As creative director Alex Beachum confirmed, it will also be Outer Wilds first, and only, expansion.

The cryptic trailer shown today started with the wonderful Outer Wilds theme plucking away, before an eclipse slowly descended over the sun and lots of mysterious machinery and imagery appears. What could this mean? What mysteries lie in store for the Echoes of the Eye? The trailer simply says, “There’s more to explore here.”

Outer Wilds first launched in 2019 and quickly became an indie hit. The time-looping mystery of what was happening to the galaxy, and why, was really compelling to pick apart and piece back together. And yeah, mastering how to land the ship was an art all its own.

I’m really interested to see how this could tie back into the world of Outer Wilds and all the mysteries it contains, but suffice to say, even some of the artifacts and monuments we see in the trailer have possibilities bouncing around in my brain.

Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via both the Epic Games Store and Steam. As for the long-awaited Nintendo Switch version, Beachum says the team looks forward to having it “in your hands this holiday season.”

Eric Van Allen