Wednesday, June 15, 2022
With Starfield gameplay making its debut during the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase this week, and The Elder Scrolls VI on the far-off horizon, you might be wondering what's become of regular old single-player Fallout, the last of which was Fallout 4 in 2015. Worry not, because Fallout 5 will be coming after The Elder Scrolls VI, whenever that may be. 2030, or something.
“Yes, Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production and, you know, we’re going to be doing Fallout 5 after that, so our slate’s pretty full going forward for a while,” Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard told IGN. “We have some other projects that we look at from time to time as well.”
Apparently, Howard and his team already have a plan for Fallout 5 outlined. “Fallout's really part of our DNA here,” he said. “We've worked with other [developers] from time to time – I can't say say what's gonna happen. You know, we have a one-pager on Fallout 5, what we want to do.”
Of course, we're in for a long wait before seeing hide or hair of Fallout 5, what with Starfield not arriving until 2023, and The Elder Scrolls VI due only god knows when. “They do take a while, I wish they came out faster, I really do,” Howard acknowledged, adding: “we’re trying as hard as we can, but we want them to be as best as they can be for everybody.”
Fair enough. It looks like Starfield might scratch the Fallout itch when it launches for Xbox Series X|S and PC next year, what with its silent protagonist and first-person dialogue sequences. But for actual Fallout, you'll have to stick to playing Fallout 76 for the time being. Or just go back to the old games.
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