It's no secret that Bethesda currently has a lot on its plate. Redfall and The Elder Scrolls 6 are both under development, with that, the recently revealed Indiana Jones game is in development with MachineGames. That's not even to mention their most anticipated release, Starfield which is due for a November 11, 2022 release. With all this in mind, it may be a while before we see Fallout 5 come to our screens. But, with the game in development, we'd like to go through the five things we know about Fallout 5 thus far.
There is always high amounts of speculation and rumors for new releases, especially when they're a part of a long-running franchise, like Fallout. And as of right now, the most we've got from Bethesda's Todd Howard is an Interview with IGN in November of 2021 where he mentions a “one-page on Fallout 5” of “what (they) want to do”. Since then, the waters have been relatively quiet, with nothing as much as a drop of news.
Regardless, I know you're itching to hear about the latest rumors, leaks, and speculation from the fanbase on what Fallout 5 may have to offer. There's lots of dust and we'll know more concrete info as it settles. However, there are still a few things we know about Fallout 5, that you should too.
5. Sticking to its Singleplayer Roots
Following the popularity of Fallout 4 in 2015, Fallout 76 came just three years later. It was the online-focused rendition of the franchise that was widely disappointing and reaffirmed that Fallout games work best at their core. That being, a single-player RPG with an adaptable and consequential script. Well, the good news is we can all relax because it appears that'll be exactly what we're getting.
In an interview with German games site GameStar, Todd Howard was asked about the incorporation of multiplayer into future Bethesda titles. And while Howard did mention in another interview that the company always makes a multiplayer, to see what potential it may have, reluctantly his answer this time around was, “For those games, we want to keep them as single-player. That is what our focus is going to be.” said Howard. So take a breath because it appears Bethesda has its head straight and is following suit with the successful gameplay of previous titles.
4. Microsoft Exclusive Seems Likely
Back in March 2021, we saw Microsoft acquire Bethesda, more specifically its parent company ZeniMax, for a light $7.5 billion. This is in combat with Sony's acquisition of multiple game studios, one being Bungie, the devs of the legendary game franchise Halo. Sony has stated that they will honor Halo's legacy as an Xbox exclusive by not solely making new titles PlayStation exclusives. However, Halo is a game that has earned that privilege.
Fallout has no status in this sense because historically the game has been readily available on all platforms upon release. And with all the buzz circling around the new subscription-based services coming from Sony and Microsoft, there's more incentive for Fallout 5 to be a Microsoft exclusive and Xbox Game Pass title. So we can assure you the game will be released on Xbox Series X/S and PC, but PS5 is up for question.
3. Expected Release Date?
It's always hard to say when Bethesda will release their newest title. Typically in the past, they have taken their fair share of extensions, and Fallout isn't known for pumping out games in succession like Call of Duty. It only took seven years to pump out Fallout 4, after Fallout 3, and that knowledge doesn't get our hopes up.
In an interview with AusGamer, one of the Fallout 76 designing directors, Mark Tucker mentioned that they have a five-year roadmap for the game. This goes hand in hand because as much as we want the game as quickly as possible, we also want it to be new and improved. What's relieving is that Xbox and Bethesda are having their Games Showcase on June 12, and there's a high chance that a year's release date could be unveiled.
2. New Location and Setting
Since its inception, Fallout has been a post-apocalyptic wasteland based in a US city. The game derives from the premise of a ravaged and savage run American wasteland. We saw it in Fallout 3, which was set in Chicago, and Fallout 4 in Boston. There has been a lot of speculation that Fallout 5 could take place overseas, or in other parts of the continent, as it has never been done before. Although that's more or less an ambitious idea. This could be walking a fine line with fans who are already fond of the game's consistent location and setting.
What's more realistic is a New Orleans or Chicago setting. Back in 2016, an online trademark for Fallout New Orleans was uncovered, however, nothing followed. And in Fallout: New Vegas there were hints at an Enclave outpost in Chicago. This is a bit of a reach, but our best guess for the game's new location and setting.
1. There Will Be a New Game Engine
One essential factor that we can confirm is the fact the game will run off an updated version of the Creation Engine, known as Creation Engine 2. It's something Todd Howard has mentioned will be in full effect for Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6. It's highly unlikely that Fallout 5 won't utilize this new and improved game engine. Which it is undoubtedly in need of as the original engine was full of buggy character animations and movements. Admittedly, sometimes those bugs made for a good-hearted laugh. Every game engine has its own list of bugs, let's just hope it's more minimal this time around.
For now, those are all the things we know about Fallout 5. With surely more to come at the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase on June 12, 2022. However, one thing for sure, is that if we don't see the return of our adorable furry companion Dogmeat, we will riot!
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