Speaking to Dualshockers (opens in a new tab) for the 25th anniversary of Fallout, Feargus Urquhart, CEO and co-founder of Obsidian Entertainment, said that “if we ever had the opportunity to make another Fallout game, we would do it. There’s not even a question of whether or not we would do it, it’s just ‘Will the opportunity present itself?'”
Obsidian developed Fallout: New Vegas, considered by many fans to be the best Fallout game (opens in a new tab). When Microsoft acquired Bethesda, it raised the question of whether Obsidian might be released on the Bethesda series again, to which the studio responded with a simple shrug emoji (opens in a new tab).
Since New Vegas, Obsidian has been responsible for RPGs like South Park: The Stick of Truth, the Pillars of Eternity series, and The Outer Worlds. The studio has a lot going on right now, having just released survival game Grounded, and medieval murder mystery Pentiment coming November 15th. There’s also Avowed coming up, which is a first-person game sharing the Pillars of Eternity setting, and The. Outer Worlds 2 is in development as well.
But after all that, when Obsidian looks at what games to make next, Fallout will probably be on the list. “At some point we’re going to start looking at what those next games are going to be, and I’d be surprised if Fallout isn’t on that list,” Urquhart told Dualshockers. “If we were to do Fallout, it has to tie in with what Bethesda is doing with Fallout and a lot of other things, but I would personally always say that my hope is that before I ride off into the sunset, I’d love to make another Fallout game. “
Urquhart was director of Black Isle Studios, the RPG division of Interplay, when it created the Fallout series. He is one of four designers credited with creating the SPECIAL system, and was lead designer and producer on Fallout 2. He left to found Obsidian in 2003, though as he told Dualshockers, “I hung around at Interplay for probably an extra year because I wanted. to work on Fallout more. I love Fallout.”
Bethesda director Todd Howard said that Fallout 5 will come after The Elder Scrolls 6, and The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in pre-production until after Starfield is released. Basically, we shouldn’t expect another Fallout game from Bethesda this decade, which leaves plenty of time for Obsidian to release its slate and have another crack at it.
If you have a hankering for a post-apocalyptic RPG in the meantime, inXile, the studio founded by Fallout 1 and 2 director Brian Fargo, made two RPGs in a similar vein to the originals with their Wasteland sequels. Wasteland 3 in particular is pretty cool.