Fallout 5: everything we know so far

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Bethesda has confirmed that Fallout 5 is on its mind, but we shouldn’t expect to see it for long.

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Fallout 4 was released all the way back in 2015 and the most recent entry in the series was 2018’s online-focused and groundbreaking Fallout 76, so it makes sense that another single-player Fallout adventure is on the horizon.

Right now Bethesda is focusing heavily on Starfield, The Elder Scrolls 6 and that very mysterious new Indiana Jones game. As a result, the only thing we know about Fallout 5 is that the one-page design document serves as a very early blueprint. What we’re saying is that we just wouldn’t expect to see it for a few years.


So, while we haven’t got any concrete information yet, we’ve gathered all the rumors and leaks surrounding Fallout 5 below — as well as what we’d like to see from the next Wasteland chapter.

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cut to the chase

  • What is this? The unconfirmed next installment of the hugely popular Fallout franchise.
  • When can I play it? TBC
  • Which console will this be on? TBC. That’s likely the Xbox Series X and PC first, with the possibility of coming to PS5.

Fallout 5 release date: When we expect it to land

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While there is currently no fixed release date for Fallout 5, there is a lot of speculation at the moment. We’ve seen some optimistic predictions setting a release date for 2022, but with Bethesda’s focus entirely on Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 at the moment, we’d say that’s pretty much impossible.

As it stands, we’re expecting Fallout 5’s release date to be several years down the road, actually widening the last seven-year gap between Fallout 3 (2008) and Fallout 4 (2015). At the moment, 2024 or later seems more realistic.

Really, it depends on how far along the Bethesda teams are with each game, but noting that, in an interview with IGN in November 2021, Todd Howard said that the studio has “one-on-one on Fallout 5″. pager” – which is a comprehensive overview of what they do. We want it to be — we think it’s going to take a while before we hear anything else.

Obviously, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is going to complicate matters in development, which could possibly lead to several delays even after the game is announced.

Fallout 5 Platform: Will It Be Xbox Exclusive?

It’s likely we’ll see the next Fallout release for Xbox Series X/S and PC but PS5 is another matter.

This is because Microsoft and Bethesda will make it an exclusive title due to purchase the latter earlier this year, but Xbox has said that exclusivity deals on new games from Bethesda will be decided on a case by case basis, so it’s difficult. Be sure. At least, we should expect Fallout 5 to be an Xbox Game Pass title.

Considering the console lifecycle typically lasting around seven years, it looks like we’ll see Fallout 5 releases on these systems before the next generation of systems are introduced.

Fallout 5 Location and Settings: Where Can It Be Set?

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If you’ve ever played a Fallout game, you’ll know how much it loves its doomsday nuclear-ravaged American setting.

The Fallout games are all set in a US state, so it would stand to reason that this aspect would not change. Fallout 3, for example, was set in Washington while Fallout 4 took place in Boston.

It would be nice to see Fallout explore different parts of the world, but it could change the game too much and alienate long-term fans who are particularly fond of the setting.

You don’t have to look far to see fans buzzing and fantasizing about where Fallout 5 will be. Here are the most rumored places we’ve talked about so far:

new Orleans
Rumors that a new Fallout game would be set in New Orleans began in 2016 after a trademark application for ‘Fallout New Orleans’ was seen online.

Ultimately, this listing has resulted in nothing but a clever bait-and-switch after four years.

We’ve already visited the swampy areas in Fallout, but a game set entirely around the deep south would certainly be an interesting move.

It is a bit more ‘out there’ in terms of its validity.

A game set in the Windy City is only speculative as Fallout: New Vegas fans remember there is a sign pointing to an enclave outpost in Chicago.

elsewhere in the world
There’s never been a Fallout game made outside of the United States, so could Fallout 5 be the one to buck the trend?

Having the game set in Korea, China, Russia or elsewhere will provide an excellent outlet for changing how the entire map and location look. A fresh instalment is a great opportunity to give a new aesthetic to the franchise.

Fallout 5 Multiplayer: Will It Happen?

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Multiplayer and Online Co-op
Every mainline Fallout game has been single-player only. Fans have probably always liked the idea of ​​hanging out in the apocalyptic wasteland with some friends, but when tried it out with Fallout 76, it didn’t work out too well.

This is because Fallout 5 will be built entirely as a single-player experience, given how the Fallout 76 team is constantly updating and trying to improve the multiplayer experience of its online service.

Considering 76’s rocky history, Fallout 5 will probably suffer a lot at the hands of a ‘poor’ multiplayer experience, which Bethesda may be eager to avoid now.

This does not mean that some social characteristics will not be there. There might be a social system, as we’ve seen in games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, leaving messages to signal to other players (or trolling them), but that might be out of place in the world of Fallout.

Fallout 5 news and rumors

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Work has started… kind of

Work has begun on Fallout 5, but don’t hold your breath to see it soon. talking to IGN With regard to the imminent release of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Anniversary Edition, Bethesda studio director Todd Howard revealed that a “one-pager” design document already exists for Fallout 5, which is a very preliminary blueprint of what the studio has planned for the game.

Being a “one-pager”, the design document is a high-level outline and, therefore, has little to share. With both Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 at first, it’ll take us some time to hear more about Fallout 5.

Obsidian—the studio that handled development duties on Xbox 360-era Fallout: New Vegas—may have some involvement in whether or not Howard said, “We’ve worked with others from time to time. I can’t say that. What’s going to happen… if I could wave my hand and I would [Fallout 5] out… you know, we want to find a way to accelerate what we do, but I can’t really say or commit to anything today, what’s going to happen, other than our cadence Starfield is then Elder Scrolls 6”.

Will Fallout 5 be an Xbox exclusive?
Okay, well, Fallout 5 hasn’t actually been announced, yet we can’t say for sure whether or not it will be an Xbox exclusive. However, following the acquisition of ZeniMax Media by Microsoft, if Fallout 5 is ever made, a Chance This being an Xbox exclusive. When the deal was closed in March 2021, Phil Spencer addressed speculation whether the acquisition would see future Bethesda titles become Xbox exclusives at the Bethesda Join Xbox Roundtable.

According to Spencer “If you’re an Xbox customer, what I want you to know is that it’s about delivering great exclusive games to you that ship on the platforms where Game Pass exists,” Spencer explained. . “That’s our goal, that’s why we’re doing it, that’s the core of this partnership that we’re building.”

“Obviously, I can’t sit here and say that every Bethesda game is exclusive, because we know that’s not true,” Spencer said. “There are contractual obligations that we’re going to see, as we always do in every one of these examples. We have games that exist on other platforms, and we’re going to support those games on those platforms.” What they are on. There are communities of players and we love those communities and we will continue to invest in them. And in the future too, there may be things that have contractual things or legacies across different platforms that we’re going to do. Huh.”

Spencer has previously stated that exclusivity will be decided on a case-by-case basis, so we cannot make any predictions with certainty. However, it looks like if Fallout 5 is released it will be a Game Pass title at the very least.

fallout 5 new engine
Bethesda has confirmed that it is updating its current engine, which has been used to make The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, Fallout 3, Skyrim and even Fallout 4.

As we all know, the engine used for those games is… live best. It is fraught with many animation issues and there is something different about all the character designs and movements.

According to Bethesda, this new engine is being used to develop Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6. According to Gamesradar, the engine reportedly has the same name, but will bring new renders, lighting, animation (Hallelujah), landscape systems and photogrammetry.

Todd Howard spoke about the engine after the Microsoft merger announcement, saying, “This is leading to our biggest engine overhaul since Oblivion, with all-new technologies including our first new IP in 25 years, Starfield, Also powers The Elder Scrolls 6.

As you might expect, there is no information on how the next Fallout game will play out.

It stands to reason that, like any good sequel, it will use and build on previous features from Fallout 4, making it work and optimizing it while eliminating things that don’t resonate with players. There are.

In 2015, Fallout 4 opted for a voiced protagonist instead of a silent protagonist, which meant it was somewhat limited in…

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