Fallout 5 will likely arrive in the next few years. Fans are hardly onside with the franchise after their most recent launch, Fallout 76, with plenty of learnings to take from its launch. Fallout 4 wasn't considered the pinnacle of the series either, so there's work to be done making the next one as good as possible.
So, what do we know about Fallout 5? Here's everything we've heard so far.
E3 2021 COUNTDOWN - June 13
There's not long to go until the Xbox & Bethesda E3 Event!
In a recent Xbox Wire post, Microsoft announced their E3 show won't be streaming in 4K, instead advising their E3 stream will be in 1080p at 60fps. Despite this, a 4K reupload will be available on the Xbox YouTube channel after the stream concludes.
The event will run for about 90 minutes and we're hoping it's going to be jam-packed with new games, world premieres, and more.
Tune in June 13 at the following times, depending on your region:
- 10AM PT USA
- 12PM Mexico City
- 1PM ET USA
- 2PM Brasilia
- 6PM UK
- 6PM Lagos
- 7PM Western Europe
- 8PM Moscow
- 9PM Abu Dhabi
- 10:30PM Mumbai
& June 14 at the following times
- 1AM Beijing
- 2AM Japan
- 3AM Sydney
E3 News Of Some Sort - June 11, 2021
It's not clear if we'll get any sort of Fallout 5 Announcement at E3 2021, but the famous Fallout series will be involved one way or another.
It's already been confirmed that some time will be given to showcase whats coming next for Fallout 76, which continues to go from strength to strength. Some bad news though, Bethesda has also announced one change to the wasteland of West Virginia. A blog post has confirmed they will be getting rid of the Nuclear Winter battle royale mode this September.
Oh well, more time to developer Fallout 5, we guess *wink*.
E3 Expectations - June 8, 2021
We're just a few days away from E3 2021 and Microsoft and Bethesda will be hosting joint press conferences on June 13th.
Quite how heavily Fallout 5 will feature is up for debate, especially since right now they've not confirmed if it's even in development. Something tells us that if Bethesda push any game heavily it will be more likely to be Starfield. Elder Scrolls 6 is supposedly years away from release. Previously the company suggested that the game will mark "largest engine overhaul". So we think we might get a tease, possibly. But we're not expecting a full reveal.
Microsoft finally answers exclusivity question - 12th March
Speaking following the acquisition of Bethesda Game Studios, Xbox Boss Phil Spencer answered the question on everyone's mind - will Bethesda games be exclusive?
"If you’re an Xbox customer, the thing I want you to know is this is about delivering great exclusive games for you that ship on platforms where Game Pass exists, and that’s our goal."
Microsoft Want Bethesda Games To Be 'First or Best' On Xbox - 17th November
“What we’ll do in the long run is we don’t have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise,” Tim Stuart, Xbox's Chief Financial Officer said.
“But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best as — on our platforms." Could this be the case for Fallout 5?
Speculation suggests that the game will launch sometime in Fall 2022. There's no telling when the actual release date will be, but based on the time between the releases of Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, it's logical to expect this title sometime in 2022.
It's expected that Elder Scrolls 6 will launch before Fallout 5. With the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, this could be pushed back further to accommodate for those studios working at home.
We'd expect the game to retail at £59.99.
We'd expect Fallout 5 to launch on Xbox Series X and PC. With Microsoft acquiring Bethesda, it's left doubt about whether the next game will launch elsewhere. Phil Spencer has said Bethesda will run "semi-independently". Not all games will be exclusive and will be decided on case-by-case basis.
Location, Setting, And Map
The setting and location for Fallout 5 are obviously unknown, but past titles have all featured in a US state; so we can expect this to be the same again.
Fallout 3 was in Washington, before moving north to Boston in Fallout 4. Fallout 76 saw players move back south to West Virginia. All the newer games seemed to be set on the east coast, only Fallout New Vegas and the original 2 Fallouts were set in the west.
So where are we going next? The smart money is on remaining in the east of the US. But there are a few locations that are more likely than others.
A trademark application was made in 2016 for the property 'Fallout New Orleans'. We have visited the south before including Fallout 3’s DLC 'Point Lookout' and 'Far Harbor' in Fallout 4, so it's not unlikely.
Chicago featured in Fallout Tactics, a turn-based real-time tactical role-playing game. In New Vegas, ED-E hints at Enclave outposts in Chicago, meaning we may have unfinished business out there.
Perhaps the new Fallout will go back in time? Back to 2077? It's a place and time we've visited before, namely Operation Anchorage (the first DLC in Fallout 3).
Could we be going somewhere else entirely? Is it finally time to go across seas? Perhaps we will head to China or Russia to see the story from a different perspective. Europe will no doubt be a popular location to visit.
Multiplayer And Online Co-Op
Fallout 76 aside, Fallout games have always been focused around single-player gameplay. Todd Howard, series director, has claimed that every game they've created has been designed with a multiplayer mode "just to see what we could do".
You can expect Fallout 5 to heavily focus on the single-player story and activities. Todd Howard has also assured players that they "want to keep [games] as single player". But, they will likely include some social features and integrations.
Given how glitchy Fallout games are and how many were found in Fallout 76, it could be that we're looking at a brand new engine for the game. Fallout 76 was a heavily modified version of the Creation Engine. A Zenimax job listing, which has now been removed, indicates that the company were looking for an engine programmer to “develop cutting edge technologies.”
This makes sense with the PS5 and Xbox Series X being released and boasting much more power under their hoods than the PS4 and Xbox One.
While there are no specific details on the gameplay side of things, there are plenty of takeaways from Fallout 4. The 2015 title featured reduced roleplaying mechanics and was considered to have disappointing graphics; something that didn't improve in Fallout 76.
Fallout 4 brought in voice acting for our protagonist, but ultimately at the expense of varied dialogue choices. One thing Fallout 4 was praised for was the introduction of Fallout Settlements. Being able to expand on this and improved options is almost a certainty.
Overall, we'd expect similar gameplay with a few new additions and improvements to existing mechanics.