The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos is the game's second and final expansion. Just like Peril on Gorgon, it's another solid adventure that takes you to a whole new location. This time around, the crew of the Unreliable find themselves on the Grand Colonial — essentially a massive hotel complex that orbits the atmosphere of Eridanos, a gas giant. As far as settings go it's certainly an intriguing choice, and its numerous environments are much more diverse than you might think.
As the name of the DLC suggests, you're here to solve a murder — and not just any murder. The most recognisable face in the entire colony, actress Halcyon Helen, has been found dead in the hotel ballroom, with mysterious circumstances surrounding her sudden demise. Naturally, it's your job to point the finger.
The first few hours of Murder on Eridanos are very promising. You journey to each of the Grand Colonial's main facilities in order to question suspects and gather clues, meeting all kinds of wacky characters. It's easy to become invested thanks to the expansion's typically excellent dialogue and subsequent dialogue options — many of which are brilliantly comical. You can fully embrace the role of a professional inspector if you wish — or you can bumble your way through the process, casually insulting people and jumping to conclusions. Either way, there's a lot of room for good role-playing.
It's unfortunate, then, that the DLC really drops the ball later on. Although there's still enjoyment to be had in how unapologetically daft it all is, there's a distinct air of disappointment as the plot approaches its climax. It's admittedly difficult to write about without spoiling anything, but ultimately, it's a serious misstep that takes the edge off this otherwise eyebrow-raising adventure.
As alluded, there's still enough to like about Murder on Eridanos for us to recommend it. There are a bunch of fun side quests to get stuck into and a number of secrets to discover — including some new endgame equipment that's cleverly hidden away — but it's hard to shake the feeling that this last hurrah could, and probably should, have hit a lot harder.