Obsidian Entertainment answers questions regarding its games, and expresses interest in working on another entry to the long-running post-apocalyptic Fallout series.
Fallout, like many long-standing game series, has more than one developer responsible for its success over the years. Although Bethesda Game Studios was responsible for developing Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, Fallout: New Vegas was brought to life by Obsidian Entertainment. Even now, it appears that Obsidian isn’t over the series, and has expressed interest in creating another entry.
Obsidian Entertainment Project Director Brian Heins, CEO Feargus Urquhart, Fallout: New Vegas Associate Producer Mikey Dowling, and the producer of the original Fallout, Tim Cain, held an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit to promote their upcoming game, Tyranny. In addition to answering questions about Tyranny, the team discussed a variety of topics, including the Fallout series. Apparently, the team would love to produce another Fallout game, and still remembers their time working on Fallout: New Vegas fondly. However, the representatives of Obsidian also squashed some hopes, officially revealing that Obsidian Entertainment is not working on a Fallout game at this time, and it’s up to Bethesda to decide whether to let an outside developer produce a Fallout game.
This reveal may have come as a disappointment to some, considering that the trademark for Fallout: New Orleans was recently filed. While there’s very little information regarding the mysterious trademark, many gamers wondered if it could mean that another spin-off of the series would be created, and perhaps under Obsidian Entertainment like New Vegas was. Unfortunately, unless Bethesda has reserved the title far in advance and hasn’t yet approached Obsidian about it, that appears to not be the case.
Many critics and gamers praised Obsidian for their handling of Fallout: New Vegas, particularly for bringing more RPG elements into the game. The developer is well known for its RPG works, including Neverwinter Nights 2, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, and even South Park: The Stick of Truth. In addition, members of the Obsidian Entertainment team were also responsible for the production of Fallout 2, the last Fallout game to be produced prior to Bethesda acquiring the rights to the series. As a result, many gamers feel that Fallout would be in good hands if it returned to Obsidian Entertainment for a spin-off game.
At this point in time, it seems that Obsidian Entertainment doesn’t have any plans to work on a Fallout title. However, Fallout 4 is still quite fresh, and Bethesda just barely wrapped up developing DLC for the game. Considering that Bethesda’s focus may now soon move to The Elder Scrolls VI, it’s entirely possible that Obsidian could still be called upon to produce another Fallout game at some point in the future.