Late last year, a mysterious site appeared out of the ether that many speculated was our first tease of Fallout 4. Then, after the site gained more and more traction among the media and fans, it was finally revealed that the site was a hoax, albeit an elaborate one.
However, even though the site had its fair share of detractors, there was a general consensus that a legitimate Fallout 4 reveal was on the way. After all, it had been several years since the release of Fallout: New Vegas, or any Bethesda-developed game for that matter, and the time seemed right for an announcement.
Unfortunately, as we have now learned, it might be a “while” before Bethesda announces anything new. This according to Bethesda Director Todd Howard, one the major faces of the developer/publisher.
In an interview with RPS, Howard shared his admiration for the Survivor 2299 site, calling it “very, very well done.” But, when asked whether a legitimate Fallout 4 reveal is in our future, Howard revealed that Bethesda doesn’t have a timeframe for their next announcement, and he figures “it’s gonna be a while.”
“We’ve gotten fairly used to all the questions and curiosity over the years. Everyone wants information. Right now, we’re just trying to figure out which of our ideas are going to stick and finding an appropriate time to talk about it.”
At the same time, when the topic of the recent casting rumors surrounding Fallout 4 was broached, Howard seemed to balk, suggesting there might be some truth to those reports. Even so, it doesn’t sound like those elements do a complete game make, and clearly Bethesda is not one to rush into any project. The gap between Fallout 3 and Skyrim, for example, was close to 4 years.
Moreover, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise that Bethesda won’t have anything to announce in the immediate future. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if they held off on a Fallout 4 or new game announcement until the fall season at the earliest. The company is publishing three big titles this year — The Elder Scrolls Online, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and The Evil Within — and anything more might take some attention away from those games. After those three games hit, however, then all bets are off.
There are certainly a lot of questions surrounding a potential Fallout sequel, and very few clues towards what gamers might see. Where will the game be set? How will it take advantage of next-gen platforms? How will the gameplay evolve? These are all questions fans are dying to know the answer to, but unfortunately the answers aren’t coming anytime soon.
Are you disappointed that the next Bethesda game announcement won’t be for a “while?” Were you hoping Fallout 4 might release this year?
Source: Rock Paper Shotgun