Bethesda downplays Fallout news

Publisher acknowledges fans are "clamoring" for new Fallout game, but expecting news soon is "unrealistic."

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Gamers gearing up for news about the next Fallout game may want to get comfortable.

Speaking with Polygon, Bethesda marketing VP Pete Hines said the studio understands fans are eager for a new entry in the series, but cautioned that expecting news soon is "unrealistic."

"I mean [fans] have been clamoring for a Fallout game for a long time now. What people need to understand--whether it is Bethesda Game Studios, Arkane, or anybody--expecting information like that in any short period of time after they moved off one project to the other is really unrealistic," Hines said.

Hines explained that Bethesda has no plans to make any of its franchises annual releases, but at the same time, won't make fans wait a decade for the next entry in a series.

"We are not into annual franchises--just trying to spin out a version of our game year, after year, after year--like, we have never done that, I don't see that it is something that we are doing anytime soon," Hines said. "But that doesn't mean that we are going to take our time and wait six or seven years in between a game that a studio puts out. But these are big games that take a long time and folks need to understand that we have a very certain way of going about things."

Bethesda Game Studios, the team behind 2008's Fallout 3 and 2011's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is currently at work on its next project. No official details regarding this game have been divulged, though a past report suggests a Boston-set Fallout 4 is in the works.

In addition, Bethesda parent company Zenimax Media in April trademarked a new game called "Starfield," though the publisher has declined to comment on what this may be.

Bethesda said earlier this year that it would make "considerably more noise" in 2013.

Discussion

256 comments
amar1234
amar1234

QQQQ  So depressing :( . Now excuse me while i go put myself in stasis for a few years so i can make all those dull years without a new Fallout game go by fast!! It had better be worth the wait !

aryanbrar
aryanbrar

where is my fallout, i need it. i swear if i don't see any hints of fallout 4 within a year. i will go beat everyone at bethesda with bendy straws. cause war never changes. nerd rage off*

thehorror2
thehorror2

I'd much rather they give the franchise to Obsidian full-time; F:NV was everything I wanted Fo3 to be, and was much more in line with the darkly-funny universe of the first two games in the franchise. Fo3 was either completely absurd (The AntAgonist vs the Mechanist), or incredibly depressing (Most of the main quest) with nothing in between. That said, if they could give us Fo3's free-roaming world, that would be great. Too much of my time in F:NV (and Skyrim too, which is worrying) was spent trying to find my way around invisible barriers that really weren't disguised as well as they should have been.

shoam_96
shoam_96

"We are not into annual franchises--just trying to spin out a version of our game year, after year, after year" ... *cough* CoD *cough* 

tigress666
tigress666

I admire they want to take time to do it right (I'd rather get a good game less often than a rushed game. Besides, that makes it that much more special when it comes out. hell, it's probably also good business practice, more likely I'll be in the pre order line to buy it where as I usually try to wait til the price gets cheaper. If it was every year I'd probably not feel so rushed to get it right away).

But, I want to point out to them that  they say they aren't going to wait 6 or 7 years, it's been 5 years so far from Fallout 3 and what is worrying is that there aren't any even somewhat solid rumors, not even really known where it is set (suspicions being Boston *sigh*). Which leads me to believe they are at least 2 years or more before it will be ready to come out. Which for me isn't too bad since I just finished Fallout 3 (only got a PS3 late last year) but I could understand why people are chomping at the bit at this point.


And yes, as some one else said, Fallout 4, *Throws money at the screen*.

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

Oh yes. Fallout IV. *throws money at screen*

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Looking forward to a new Fallout, but, evaluating Skyrim now they are done with all add-ons, I think it's a bit disapointing when stood next to Oblivion.

Divedude
Divedude

wow I guess Bethesda can only work on one project at a time.  Tell the Truth, we have all devs working on Elder Scrolls Online since we really see this big hole in the MMO market and its not flooded at all.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

This is not bad news. I crave for the next fallout as much as anyone, but great games require long time to make, it's that simple and I'm glad to hear this. I definitely don't want fallout turned into another yearly borefest.

roman4545
roman4545

I smell Rage 2..... incoming !

501stormtrooper
501stormtrooper

I don't think its very realistic either for us to get a bugless Fallout game. The world is gigantic with hundreds of NPCs, quests, and even multiple choices. Even "smaller" games like Halo, Assassins' Creed, and such has bugs, albeit much lower in quantity.

I really, REALLY wish that the game would CTD less though. That kind of stuff breaks immersion to itty bitty pieces.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I wasn't expecting any sort of announcement at all. Bethesda does whatever they feel like and don't succumb to any sort of pressure, even though I don't think there is any.

BoSnerdly
BoSnerdly

I want a new Fallout now, but I have no problem with them taking however long it takes to make a new game. I'll buy it whenever it comes out. And in the meantime, there are more than enough awesome games to keep my busy.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

Can you just TELL US that there is a new Fallout in development. 

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

I love Elder Scrolls more but I have to say right now, I want a Fallout game...

Ayzed
Ayzed

But didn't fallout 3 come out in 2008? not exactly making it yearly releasing it after 2013....

CrimsonAngel
CrimsonAngel

"but cautioned that expecting news soon is "unrealistic."

It's been 5 years I don't think it counts as soon now.

Bardock47
Bardock47

Stop killing the dream Bethesda, all I need to know is its happening and that Three Dog is the radio guy again.

Wraith3
Wraith3

We all know games take time to make, but a "Yeah it's in development, but we can't release any details now." would be cool.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

No surprise here I would like a comfirmation though on the next elder scrolls game even if it is just a list of possible locals.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

They should put out games on a every two years cycle.  As many studios as Zenimax owns, why not buy Obsidian and let them handle the off two years.

YoungCardinal
YoungCardinal

Bethesda's main studio behind Oblivion/FO3/Skyrim released each approximately 3 years apart from each other. Oblivion and Skyrim were both announced during the Spike VGA's and F03 during E3.

I'm optimistic we may see an announcement of FO4 this VGA's for a spring or Fall 2014 release. That would put it at the usual 3-year development timeframe :)

hadlee73
hadlee73

Fine. Don't tell us then.

*slams door and sulks* :P

vadagar1
vadagar1

screw FO4 I want TES 6 :D

rhenom
rhenom

Turn The Elder Scrolls MMO into a mashup with the fallout series, problem solved!

KeenoControl
KeenoControl

This only makes me even more sure that it's going to be a next gen Fallout. My guess is a Fall 2015 release date for XONE, PS4, and PC.

SuperXShnaayin
SuperXShnaayin

Bethesda is my favorite game company of all time (with Bioware, Obsidian, Bungie, and Nintendo also being close, but not my favorites) and I have loved any game they developed that ive played, and i loved Fallout New Vegas, which they Published. I love Bethesda and have alot of faith in their games, so im okay with waiting a while for a AAA game from Bethesda.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Guys this the company that puts out the most glitchy games of all time. Let them actually put out a technically competent product for once. I dont want Fallout 4 to be a repeat of New Vegas, load, glitch, load, glitch, repeat.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@thehorror2 People who say that never played FO1 or 2, nor did they play FO3, because New Vegas was almost entirely shit. Obsidian is not Black Isle, alright, let it go and get over it. Bethesda is more than capable of making great games and has done so for all of their existence, and FO3 was DEFINITELY better than New Vegas. NV had some interesting elements like ammo types and iron sights and hardcore mode, but the story was nothing interesting in the slightest.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@shoam_96 ? Bethesda doesn't make CoD. We know CoD and BF come out on a yearly basis, why bring it up?

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@The-Neon-Seal Skyrim already sucked next to Oblivion. I've done about 10 quests in Skyrim and quit. Sorry, Oblivion is just a better game. Skyrim may be prettier and have new combat mechanics but I find it boring and unplayable.

confussedmonkey
confussedmonkey

@Divedude That is a different studio working on The Elder Scrolls Online. No need to get angry that other games exist. If you do not like the idea or the game itself then do not get it. 

tigress666
tigress666

@Mega_Skrull It would not be so special if it does. Shoot, I'm already bored with Assassin's Creed and I only have two of the games.

Plus, hopefully this means there will be a lot to explore (That's what I love most about the bethesda games I have bought, the exploring and finding new places). For games as extensive and varied as Fallout or Elder Scrolls it has to take time to make, I just don't see how they could do it in a year without compromising a lot.

That being said, it has been 5 years since Fallout 3 and we aren't even hearing any solid rumors so leads me to believe they are still quite a bit away from releasing it (at this point I'd be happy if they just told us they are working on it at least).

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@501stormtrooper The best bug in FO3 was the save bug. So the game would CTD on every save. Pretty game breaking when the game, by default, autosaves EVERY time you go through a door. I had to turn that shit off and then pray that when I manually saved, it worked. The Day 1 GOAT bug was nice too. Had to restart the game.

tigress666
tigress666

@501stormtrooper What's CTD? And yes, in general I agree with you which is why I don't get bugged (no pun intended) by random glitches. Though it does get annoying when the game starts lagging a lot or crashing a lot. Random glitches I can understand with worlds as big as Fallout or Skyrim (not just as big, but with as many different things you can do in those games). But I don't think it's unreasonable to ask the game doesn't start lagging so badly that it interferes a lot with game play or crashes so much you start remembering to save often because you've been taught the lesson the hard way (and I am a flake so if I start remembering it means it's happened a lot).

tigress666
tigress666

@BoSnerdly Yeah, I'd love to see it come out but I would say if it was a choice between coming out soon (like in a year) or it taking a while still to come out but them doing it right, please do it right.

tigress666
tigress666

@XboxGuy1537 Can I like this a few more times? I want them to do it right rather than rush it but I would very much like to hear they are working on it. I have to admit I'd be dismayed if I heard they hadn't even started on it.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@XboxGuy1537 I have no doubt there is. I mean, it takes about 4 years to make it and I imagine the next one will be out before 2017. Hell, I wouldn't doubt it if they have been on it for a little while now.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@Ayzed I've noticed that they tend to go with the 4-5 year production cycle.

tigress666
tigress666

@CrimsonAngel Yeah, I want them to do it right but they could at least confirm they are working on it.

tigress666
tigress666

@vadagar1 I'll take either but since TES already had a game more recently I'd like to see Fallout. Plus I have to admit I think I liked Fallout better (and I usually tend to prefer fantasy settings like TES).

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

@rhenom  

VATS explosions into bloodied chunks with magic, axes & swords?  I could go for that.

Poison-tooth
Poison-tooth

@kiramasaki Thats why you need to install the unofficial patch. Just install nexus mod manager its easy and quick.

rasta2k
rasta2k

@Grenadeh @thehorror2 
Nope, ppl who played the first two titles are the ones complaining about FO3. Perhaps you were too young at that time and didnt get the fantastic humor those games offered :)

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@Grenadeh @The-Neon-Seal I wouldn't say it sucked but a lot of it after a while felt like a step back. It looked nice, had better combat and wild locations, but... BUT. The magic system was weak and rubbish, the guild arcs were mega short or lacked the variety of IV's (scoules at DB arc which was actually the best in V) the citys were puny by comparison, where did most of the NPC's go and what happened to their AI? They seemed even more robotic than the robots in Fallout 3. Went back to Oblivion a few weeks back and it feels far more expansive and dynamic than Skyrim. I do like Skyrim and it was my game of 2011, but it feels like a step back in a lot of regards.

thehorror2
thehorror2

@tigress666 @501stormtrooper It's an abbreviation of "Crash To Desktop" Which both Fo3 and F:NV did far more often than I'd like, even with all of the patches and fan-made (!!!) fixes.