Just after you thought you’d escaped the wasteland, the Fallout series drifts into your life like a radioactive thunder cloud. Fallout 4 was Bethesda Game Studios’ most productive launch ever, with irradiated Boston proving the proper setting for the RPG series’ spectacular open-world storytelling. With this success behind it, it’s hard to imagine that Bethesda would not return to the Fallout franchise. Now we are expecting Fallout 5.

We’re certain Bethesda are busy with Fallout 76, which is out November this year, and we apprehend their next projects within the pipeline: the single-player sci-fi RPG Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6, no matter their release dates may be. So it’s probably we cannot see a new Fallout before these games are out of the way.

But whereas details are thin on the ground, and we’ve nonetheless to hear a confirmation from Bethesda itself, we won’t facilitate but speculate on where the series may go next.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The inevitable sequel to the wasteland wandering RPG hit
  • What can I play it on? If the rest of the series is something to go by, Sony and Microsoft consoles, plus PC, with a very remote hope of a Nintendo Switch version
  • When can I play it? Nonetheless to be confirmed. However, you can bet your bottom dollar it’s happening

Fallout 5 Release Date

Without a slither of confirmation around Fallout 5’s existence nonetheless, this one’s a shot within the dark. However, you’ll be able to create some educated guesses based on the series’ past. There were seven years between the mainline Fallout 3 (2008) and Fallout 4 (2015) entries into the series, divided by a console generation leap.

While Fallout: New Vegas bridged the gap between these two entries, it’s like Fallout 76 are going to be playing the same role, and we cannot imagine Fallout 5 will come early on when the online spin-off – particularly with Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 already announced for the coming years. It’s probably we do not see it till the next generation of Xbox and PlayStation console, that analysts are expecting in 2020 or 2021.

Fallout 5 trailers

You’ll have to wait a bit longer for Fallout 5 trailers. With no official word on the sequel out there yet, it’ll be a while before we get a whiff of any gameplay footage unless a severe leak at Bethesda happens.

Fallout 5 news and rumors

A new engine

While Fallout 4 went larger in scale, it didn’t provide a serious overhaul of the graphics and character models players had seen in its previous two games. Bethesda Game Studios Montreal presently has an open job listing for an ‘Engine / System Programmer,’ leading some to believe an entirely new engine could be powering the next Fallout and Elder Scrolls installments, much as the Creation Engine was developed for Fallout 4 and also the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

After a mixed reception for the ungainly navigation system in 2015’s Fallout VR, the company may additionally feasibly be looking to optimize their next engine for native VR support.

Multiplayer or MMO

Depending on the success of this year’s Fallout 76, we could well see Fallout further expand its foothold within the online space. Bethesda’s fantasy MMO The Elder Scrolls online eventually managed to blossom into a thriving online community, and also the same may happen here.

Bethesda has stressed they are still specializing in single-player RPG experiences, as evident by their announcement of both Elder Scrolls 6 and also the new Starfield ip. Therefore we always assume we’ll see another ancient Fallout 5 entry down the line – even though it comes with some multiplayer modes packaged in.

 

An overhauled dialogue system

Given the length of time we sometimes see between Fallout’s mainline games, there’ll be lots of time to work on some gameplay enhancements. One of Fallout 4’s significant changes to the IP’s formula was in a streamlined dialogue system, ditching the standard list of speech choices for four simplified reactions mapped to specific buttons on the controller. Tons of players were sad with the modification, and Fallout 4 lead Todd Howard has been open concerning needing to respond to that criticism for future games.

A new setting…

There’s been nothing substantial on the location of the next game when a trademark for Fallout: New Orleans back in 2014 – registered without an owner name or ID – turned out to be something of a red herring. Given the history of the franchise, it appears unlikely we won’t be revisiting its irradiated Yankee landscapes, though a move to the Deep South or maybe the West Coast would provide something new to explore.

… or even an old one?

Ten years on from 2008’s acclaimed Fallout 3, a remastered edition could be merely the thing to whet our wasteland craving whereas we await the next mainline installment. It may additionally find a welcome home on the Nintendo Switch, that is piecing along a formidable list of 3rd-party shooters from Bethesda, who have already ported versions of Skyrim, Doom, and Wolfenstein to the handheld/home console hybrid.

Fallout 5

And though we’re still solely speculating at this stage, the tie-in mobile game fallout shelter (2015) was a runaway success on iOS and Android and made a move to the Xbox One and Windows 10 last year. We’d like to see an expanded Switch version of the vault sim that made use of the console’s superior capabilities.

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