Bethesda has always been one of the leading developers in the gaming space as far back as we can remember. Currently, the studio is aiming toward newer horizons with its next massive original role-playing IP— Starfield.
Amazing news though, that may be; other already acclaimed franchises like Fallout seem to be lying dormant. And that does have passionate fans worried about getting another mainline entry, specifically, Fallout 5.
Luckily, Todd Howard, our beloved director of Bethesda, has hinted at a few things that do confirm that Fallout 5 will happen. And before you ask, no, he didn’t say the game will have 300 endings like Fallout 3 again. With that, here’s everything we know about the fifth installment.
Fallout 5 Release Date
Starfield is set to arrive in 2023, and Elder Scrolls is Bethesda’s next big project. That’s easily going to push Fallout 5’s release date ahead, most likely to sometime around 2027 or 2028.
No doubt that’s disappointing to hear for most fans of the series. But again, this is just speculation on our part. So hopefully, time proves us wrong.
Elder Scrolls 6, by our estimation, should launch by 2026. By that time, Bethesda might start working on Fallout 5, and maybe we’ll even get an announcement trailer for the game too.
Either way, two of Bethesda’s most ambitious titles are coming out in the near future. The development will be a rather lengthy process, and even though we don’t want to believe it, that does point to Fallout 5 being absent for most of the lifetime of the current generation consoles.
Is Bethesda Working on Fallout 5?
While speaking to IGN, Todd Howard talked about what the future slate of titles for the company looks like. That’s also when he mentioned Fallout 5 after a really long time as well:
“Yes, Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production”
“and, you know, we’re going to be doing Fallout 5 after that”-Todd Howard
“so our slate’s pretty full going forward for a while.”
So there you have it. Fallout 5 has been confirmed by Todd Howard, although it might technically not be under development right now. At best, the game’s probably in the early concept stages, and the story’s being drafted out.
Starfield is releasing in 2023 (if it doesn’t get delayed again), and after that, the studio has got its hands full with Elder Scroll 6. Every Elder Scrolls entry turns out to be a breakthrough in what an RPG can be. So accordingly, Bethesda won’t be shy with the time it needs to bring it to life.
On another occasion before this one, Todd told IGN the studio’s thought process concerning the series.
“Fallout’s really part of our DNA here. We’ve worked with other developers from time to time – I can’t say what’s gonna happen.”
“You know, we have a one-pager on Fallout 5, what we want to do”
That was in November 2021, which isn’t that far back. By “one-pager”, you could expect the story, setting, and gameplay to pretty much be an idea at this point. So expect a really long ride ahead of you if you’re a fan of the Fallout series.
Are There Any Leaks About Fallout 5?
There have been numerous instances till now where sources claimed to know something about Fallout 5. Some stated knowing the game’s release window; others talked about story aspects. The faction system of the game was also said to have been leaked.
Unfortunately, all these updates turned out to be nothing more than rumors. So as it stands, there’s no official credibility to any of the said leaks.
The best news we have to go on right now are the statements Todd Howard made. Although, yes, Todd’s known to overpromise, but we’re sure that this time he was telling the truth about Fallout 5 coming after Elder Scrolls 6.
Will Fallout 5 Be an Xbox Exclusive?
You probably already know this, but Bethesda and its subsidiary studios were all bagged up by Microsoft in 2021. So Dishonored, Deathloop, Elder Scrolls, Starfield, and many more games are all team Xbox.
Unlike PlayStation’s first-party quality games scheme, Xbox used the pay-2-win option. So fans of Bethesda games who own a PlayStation console might be bummed out. Microsoft hasn’t officially stated that all their Bethesda games will be exclusives yet. However, Starfield is an Xbox exclusive, so we can’t say much about the rest.
At the rate it’s going right now, we feel like Xbox won’t offer up its titles to PlayStation. And if Starfield is successful, then that’ll be the final nail in the coffin to that question. Even Redfall, Arkane Studio’s upcoming project, is also an Xbox Series X|S only title. And with that, chances of Bethesda’s legacy continuing with Sony’s platform seem to be getting grim.
If, fortunately, Xbox does allow Fallout 5 and other of its titles to be made available for the PS5, then it’ll likely be after a period of timed exclusivity. Much like what we saw with Deathloop’s arrival on Xbox.
The Fallout franchise is as big as it gets, and its fanbase is as devoted as ever. Fallout 76, 4, and 3 are played by pretty much everyone familiar with the series. And Bethesda’s not turning a blind eye to that as Todd Howard has casually nodded to the idea of making Fallout 5.
So we’re convinced the game will arrive, but it’ll be an arduous wait till then. In the meanwhile, here’s a look at what’s cooking over at Bethesda right now.