The rumoured Outer Wilds expansion has officially been announced, as Echoes of the Eye is scheduled to launch in September; however, it is the “first and only expansion.”
Outer Wilds developer, Mobius Digital has officially confirmed the game’s first and only expansion, Echoes of the Eye, stating that it will launch on 28 September 2021. The announcement was made during the Annapurna Interactive Showcase livestream on Thursday, 29 July 2021.
Alex Beachum, creative director of Outer Wilds, introduced Echoes of the Eye by acknowledging that anyone who plays the main game is rightly probably wondering why it is getting an expansion in the first place, and how it is going to fit within the game’s unique narrative about a dying world. Unfortunately, Beachum offered no answers to these questions, and kept a straight face throughout the whole segment.
Despite not answering the questions, Beachum did state, “It is going to weave directly into the existing world and narrative.” Furthermore, the official description of the expansion states, “The hearthian space program has detected an anomaly that cannot be attributed to any known location in the solar system. Grab your flashlight, and prepare to illuminate the darkest secrets of the Outer Wilds.”
Outer Wilds is an action-adventure game developed by Mobius and published by Annapurna Interactive. It was first released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows in 2019, with a planned Nintendo Switch release in 2021.
The game features a character exploring a solar system stuck in a 22-minute time loop, which ends as the sun goes supernova. The player repeats this cycle in order to gain information, which is retained, that can help them on later loops. The game won several awards, including Game of the Year.
The trailer for the expansion was released on YouTube during the livestream. In the caption of the video, Annapurna teased, “A strange satellite photo that cannot be explained. A new museum exhibit that marks the trailhead for one last journey into the wilds. Should you pull at the thread and unravel the solar system’s deepest secret, or is some knowledge better left in the dark?”
Echoes of the Eye is scheduled to launch on 28 September 2021.