If today’s comments are anything to go by, it appears that all future Fallout projects will be undertaken solely in house by Bethesda. That is despite the success enjoyed by Fallout: New Vegas, which was developed by Obsidian. The reason? Bethesda has grown in size and no longer finds themselves having to choose between one game and another.
Fallout: New Vegas was an unexpected success when it launched a couple of years after Fallout 3. The decision by Bethesda to outsource its development in order to concentrate their efforts on The Elder Scrolls could perhaps be described as ‘brave’. But, lo and behold, the risk paid off when the spin off of sorts took the gaming community by storm and, in a way, outperformed its inspired prequel.
Its success was largely down to the emphasis placed on its RPG mechanics; New Vegas took the best part of the franchise and ran with it by elevating choices made by the players into the forefront of gameplay.
Prior to the announcement of Fallout 76, rumours were circulating as to whether the same may be about to happen again. That scenario failed to materialise, and Todd Howard’s latest interview does little to suggest it will ever happen. In fact it makes the whole thing rather unlikely.
Speaking to The Guardian, Howard emphasised that his studio has never been so healthy, employee wise.
“I wouldn’t say never [to an outside studio],” he said. “[But] now that our company is so big, it’s always better to keep stuff internal… It becomes less likely.”
He also found a spare moment to comment on their current project, Starfield, but unfortunately there wasn’t much good news there either.
“We’ve been talking about it for a decade, we started putting things on paper five, six years ago, and active development was from when we finished Fallout 4, so two and a half, three years.
“[E]veryone should be very patient. It’s gonna take a while for what we have in mind to come out.”
So it looks like we’re in for a wait, then. At least we’ll have Fallout 76 for company.
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