Bethesda may be hard at work on the Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield, but it has not forgotten about Fallout 5.
Despite the rough release of Fallout 76 a couple of years ago, Bethesda’s Todd Howard is not giving up on the franchise. Speaking to IGN, the Elder Scrolls and Fallout developer said the company does indeed have future plans for the post-apocalyptic setting.
Its recent acquisition by Microsoft places ownership of the Fallout franchise under the same creators who also developed the original Fallout games, Obsidian Entertainment, whose many key developers worked at Interplay and Black Isles Studios way back in the 90s. Notably, Obsidian was responsible for Fallout: New Vegas.
“We’ve worked with other people from time to time, I can’t say what’s gonna happen,” Howard said when asked if Bethesda would ever consider giving another studio a shot at the franchise “I’d like to find a way to accelerate what we do, but I can’t really say today or commit to what’s going to happen.”
In the interview, Howard revealed that Bethesda has written a “one-pager” for Fallout 5, which outlines potential plans for the next game in the long-running RPG series. However, he warned that whoever ends up developing it and whatever form it comes in, Bethesda cannot commit to its development for at least the next few years.
“Our cadence is Starfield, and then Elder Scrolls 6,” he said.
Starfield, which is slated for a November 2022 release, is Bethesda’s next original IP and is set in a science-fiction space setting. Although a few details of Starfield have been revealed, the game has fans of Mass Effect abuzz with excitement.
Much like Fallout 5 however, Bethesda’s other title, The Elder Scrolls 6, remains firmly under wraps. However, it is much further into development than its post-apocalyptic counterpart. Fans shouldn’t expect to see much more of the Elder Scrolls under after Starfield is released.