To a fairly substantial number of people, Fallout: New Vegas is their favourite 3D Fallout game. Heck, it’s a lot of folks’ favourite Bethesda-published RPG full stop. Only, it wasn’t even made by Bethesda of course. Fallout: New Vegas was developed by Obsidian, affording Bethesda Game Studios to pour all of its resources into The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Despite the positive outcome, it doesn’t sound as if this going to happen again anytime soon, however. Bethesda boss Todd Howard spoke to The Guardian about the future of the Fallout franchise, and also touched on outsourcing games to other developers.
"I wouldn't say never," Howard said. "But now that our company is so big, it's always better to keep stuff internal. It becomes less likely, but I could never say never. I thought the Obsidian guys did a fabulous job."
Since the days of Fallout: New Vegas, Bethesda has ballooned in size. Two entirely new Bethesda Game Studios in Montreal and Austin have sprung up in addition to the original studio in Bethesda, Maryland.
They’ve got a pipeline of three games we already know about, so we certainly won’t be hurting for content from Bethesda. Fallout 76 is out this autumn of course, but then we’ve also got Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI to look forward to. This latter pair of two of the four most anticipated games in existence according to our poll.
Would you have liked to see another studio take a shot at doing Fallout 76? Or are you pleased that all Bethesda’s titles are in (hopefully) safe hands?