Legendary game designer Chris Avellone has been teasing something Fallout-related that could be coming soon. Avellone changed his Facebook profile picture to a cartoon of Pip-Boy and the message “I missed you so much”.
It’s tenuous, I’ll give you that, but the prospect of Avellone working on a new Fallout game is too difficult to resist. If you’re unfamiliar with his achievements, Avellone worked on Fallout 2 and Icewind Dale before joining Obsidian and working on Fallout: New Vegas, Alpha Protocol, Pillars of Eternity, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Tyranny and, more recently, with Larian Studios on Divinity: Original Sin II. To say he’s a hitmaker is a huge understatement.
Just what he’s teasing could be just about anything. He’s made a few in-roads into comic books over the years, including a Fallout comic to accompany the Fallout: New Vegas collector’s edition, but it’s been seven years since Avellone has done anything unrelated to game development.
Which leads us to the natural conclusion that Avellone may indeed be working on a new Fallout. The dream scenario is Obsidian handling development, as per Fallout: New Vegas, and they’ve certainly got previous for working on two games simultaneously (Alpha Protocol came out the same year as Fallout: New Vegas). At the moment the only known title Obsidian has in the works in Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire.
The other, sadder, possibility is that Avellone is just being literal - that he has missed Fallout. The use of the past tense seems to make that unlikely though, suggesting he’s actively involved in something right now. Cast your mind back a ways and you may also remember Bethesda trademarking Fallout: New Orleans, a game which has never materialised. Yet.
What do you think, could you see Bethesda handing the reins to Obsidian for another Fallout game?