While Bethesda fans have their sights firmly locked on the upcoming sci-fi RPG Starfield, we wonder about the developer’s other IPs. One of those is Fallout which Bethesda head Todd Howard has confirmed is last in the production queue, behind Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6.
While this does at least as confirmation that the studio is looking to continue the Fallout franchise after the disastrous case of Fallout 76, we shouldn’t expect it for an incredibly long time. Howard made the statement in an interview with IGN, also confirming that Elder Scrolls 6 is officially in pre-production, and that Fallout 5 will come afterwards.
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If we look at Todd’s previous comments about the development time for Starfield, he claims that the project began in 2015, giving it a 7-year lead time when it does launch. If we equate this to The Elder Scrolls 6 and Fallout 5 afterward, then we could be waiting at least, another 10 years before we see the project. Typically, a studio would release these two a couple of years after each other but since Bethesda Game Studios handles both IPs, active development can only really be placed on one title at a time.
“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. We have some other projects that we look at from time to time as well.”
In a familiar statement from Howard, he claimed that “[he] wishes they could come out faster, I really do, we’re trying as hard as we can, but we want them to be as best as they can be for everybody”. Howard also spoke to IGN in late 2021, stating that while he doesn’t claim they absolutely won’t, it is highly unlikely that the studio would outsource work on Fallout 5.
“I don’t see… Look, Fallout’s really part of our DNA here. We’ve worked with other people from time to time, I can’t say what’s going to happen. You know, we have a one-pager on Fallout 5, what we want to do.”
Howard also recently confirmed that Starfield’s main questline will take players roughly 30-40 hours to complete. In the recent gameplay reveal, we also got a look into the upcoming sci-fi RPG, including the first-person dialogue. Starfield has also been delayed to 2023 with the devs citing their concerns that it would become the “next Cyberpunk” if they didn’t push it back.