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Bethesda’s next game reveal is “gonna be a while,” says Howard

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:39 GMT By Dave Cook

Fallout 4 rumours continue to weave their way through the fabric of our news feeds, but whatever Bethesda has in development, you won’t be seeing it for some time.

You may recall that alleged documents leaked out of a Fallout 4 casting call in December. The papers seemed to confirm the game’s Boston setting along with other potential story nuggets.

Now; in an interview with RPS, Bethesda’s game director Todd Howard reflected on last year’s notorious Fallout 4 reveal hoax.

Howard said, “The ARG was very, very well done. It’s a testament to our fans. And they’re doing that stuff and making mods. The stuff they do, we often look at and go, ‘Well, why don’t we just do that? That’s really great.’”

When asked about the existence of Fallout 4 and the aforementioned casting call, Howard replied, “We don’t [have a timeframe for our next game announcement], but I think 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.”

He added, commenting on new consoles, “PC is resurgent. Skyrim did better than we’ve ever done on PC by a large, large number. And that’s where the mods are. That feeds the game for a long time. And it’s exciting that the new consoles are very PC-like. That opens up avenues for us going forward to do things that we’ve wanted to do in the past.

“There are kind of random ideas we’re working on right now, and it’s like, ‘Wow, I think there’s potential here to do some really cool stuff.’”

Are you hungry for some next-gen Fallout? Let us know below.

Via OXM.

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13 Comments

  1. Edo

    Well fuck.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. Talkar

    If Bethesda is just the publisher and not the dev on the Fallout 4, then yeah i’m excited for it!
    If however they are developing it too, like they did Fallout 3, then i’m not really sure the franchise can take such massive hits as they gave it with Fallout 3 :/

    #2 11 months ago
  3. deathm00n

    @Talkar Yeah, bash them for being able to make Fallout a mainstream game and allowing the franchise to ressurect from the old isometric rpg. Really, I don’t get you people. They had no idea how to make that awesome isometric rpg appeal to new audiences, what they tried? Make a FPS using the freedom of an ES game, and they succeded, the game sold a lot. Was it perfect? No, but as I said, it’s hard to change a series genre all of a sudden. With the critcs the game received, Obsidian made the fixes (that’s what they did, because the game is basically the same from a technical standpoint, same UI, same graphics, same mechanics). Do you really think they would throw away all the work from Obsidian? You can say what you want about Bethesda, but they know how to make a game, and seeing that NV appeal a lot more to people, they can make a game on its bases.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Mr Sparkle

    Playing through Skyrim again right now and if them taking their time means a less buggy game, take all the time you need.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. TheWulf

    I hope that Fallout 4 does more to capture the original fantastic nature of the Fallout Universe. Old World Blues came so close to reminding me why I enjoyed those games so much in the first place.

    And having replayed Fallout 2 and Tactics again lately, I’ve remembered how diverse of a place it is, too. It’s a shame only the super mutants and ghouls survived, honestly. There were interesting mutants in general (like the chap who had a tree on his head), the robots were more intelligent and self aware, and you had a variety of different species that could think for themselves. Not to mention that the science was weird and wild.

    I tend to look at 3 as a more muted experience for the mainstream, and it is such a pity. I feel that they should have done better because they were clearly aware of Tactics, their Brotherhood even commented on it. You even get a giant robot, but that’s just used to scream about communists and shoot things, which is disappointing. I admit, they did put it to slightly better use in Broken Steel, but still…

    Old World Blues was an almost Fallout experience, it came so close. So, so close. The magic of Fallout is that it’s so silly and out there, so random and novel, and yet so completely human and poignant. And that’s exactly what Old World Blues was, OWB left me emotionally attached to a bunch of household appliances, which had me pick up sticks and move all my stuff from my (really good) Goodsprings schoolhouse modded home, and put down there.

    I especially liked the grumpy old field medic of an Autodoc. He was better at being Bones than Bones was at being Bones. And then there’s Muggy, I felt so bad for Muggy that I just collected as many mugs for him as I could.

    But yeah. OWB came that close to recapturing the vibrant variety of Fallout, I couldn’t help but love it, and I was very sad when it was over. I was even such a big fan of the stealth suit, which was so sad when it thought it had done wrong. I love that stealth suit.

    So if we are having another Fallout game, can it be like Old World Blues instead of like Fallout 3?

    Also, I’d love to see a return of the intelligent deathclaws, because if you’ve an ounce of imagination, that could be written really well. A good writer could have so much fun with a society of deathclaws, but knowing Bethesda, they wouldn’t be able to handle that. Still…

    I can’t help but live in the past, though, with Fallout because 2 and Tactics were OWB but better, and anyone who hasn’t played them is doing themselves a gross disservice. Really, grab the Fallout 2 Restoration Project and play it.

    I want what’s been so forgotten about Fallout to come back. Fallout was never just a post apocalyptic wasteland, it was an incredible post-post-post apocalyptic wasteland filled with wonder and strangeness.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. TheWulf

    (Also, out of curiosity, I just looked up who wrote the appliances. It was Travis Stout, goddamnit. I want a game where Travis is the lead writer. Fallout or not, I don’t care. He needs to lead some project or other.)

    #6 11 months ago
  7. Talkar

    @deathm00n Working alot on assumptions there i see. Must work great for you when you control both sides of the argument eh?

    #7 11 months ago
  8. deathm00n

    @Talkar Just like you are assuming a fallout made by Bethesda wouldn’t be good. Show me your opinions why the next won’t be good if made by them besides Fallout 3 doesn’t being great for you. The Wulf made some good points there.

    #8 11 months ago
  9. Ode

    Fallout 4 VGA 2014 announcement,Fall 2015 release.

    You read it hear folks.

    #9 11 months ago
  10. Ode

    here*

    #10 11 months ago
  11. the Bridgeburner

    The fact that Obsidian’s not behind this I know I’m already disappointed. Bethsoft are horrible at writing.

    On the other hand, I feel Bethesda are good at conveying ‘implied’ stories through the environments they create. But dialogue and plot? 3′s story was a bastard child of 1 & 2.

    “It’s post-apocalyptic, water’s at a premium!”
    “We need a suitable threat, bring in the Enclave!”

    So much fail.

    Then New Vegas came out, and though not perfect, remains MY Fallout 3. As it picked up the West Coast storyline and added genuine characters. I only hope Obsidian gets another chance to do a follow-up game, post-4.

    #11 11 months ago
  12. fearmonkey

    I wonder what is taking so long then.

    Howard mentioned that two games would use the same engine as Skyrim, Skyrim and what came after, and Skyrim released in 2011. They had a small sub team do most of the DLC, and work should have started on the next project after Skyrim shipped.

    I wonder if they are bumping up the engine more than what was originally thought, or if the game’s scope is more ambitious. I figured that we would have a new Fallout game by fall of this year, which is three years after Skyrim. Maybe they are allowing more time because they don’t want anything to compete with TESO this year.

    Hurry it up guys, Im dying for a new Bethesda game.

    #12 11 months ago
  13. karma

    I can wait. Got nothing else to play in the meanwhile, but I can wait.

    Seriously though, hurry guys!

    *Horrible game thought of the day* Gawd I hope they dont pull a Elders Scroll Online with it.

    #13 11 months ago

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  • Punch-Out!!, more Throwback offerings arrive on Nintendo US eShop

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  • The Witcher Battle Arena has arrived on the App Store and Google Play

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  • Second wave of Star Wars titles arrive on GOG, third wave next week

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  • If Microsoft is serious about PC games, Xbox One should be the real Steam Machine

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  • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 releases on Steam next week

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  • Take a look at the controls and special abilities in The Order: 1886

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  • These elderly people are better at GTA 5 than you’d expect

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  • More major Microsoft titles will be coming to PC

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  • Elite: Dangerous is getting Community Goals with update 1.1 – all the details

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  • Sunset Overdrive, Skyrim and Dead Rising 3 highlight this week’s Deals with Gold

    A new week, a new set of deals for Xbox Live Gold subscribers and we’ve got the full list. Major Nelson posted the deals which are live now and run through Monday, January 26. Highlights include Sunset Overdrive, Dead Rising 3, Skyrim, Final Fantasy 13-2 and more. Check the full list below. Xbox One Dead […]

  • Survarium: 10,000 FREE Premium account keys to give away

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  • “I don’t like people thinking we’re doing underhanded, dirty shit,” says Evolve dev

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  • Clock Tower spiritual successor Night Cry gets first screens

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  • Tekken X Street Fighter is still happening, 40 people working on it

    Tekken X Street Fighter is definitely not vaporware. A team of 40 developers is currently working on it, according to director Katushiro Harada. Harada was interviewed by Polygon. In the interview, he touched on many topics, one of which is the status of the seemingly-never-coming-out Tekken X Street Fighter. “It’s very difficult to talk about,” […]

  • From Game of Thrones to Borderlands: all of Telltale’s adventure games rated

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  • There is probably a new Battletoads game coming

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  • Here’s a short, 60fps trailer for DmC: Definitive Edition

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  • Xbox One to PC streaming targeting 1080p, 60fps

    Microsoft has revealed that it’s looking to achieve 1080p resolution at 60 frames-per-second when the Xbox One game streaming launches later this year. The question of what final resolution and framerate Xbox One game streaming will operate at was on a lot of people’s minds when the demo was shown. Thankfully, Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra has […]

  • Microsoft is looking at offering PC to Xbox streaming

    Having announced Xbox One to PC streaming as part of its Windows event last night, Microsoft said that making the process a two-way street is on the cards. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer sat down to do a group interview following the Windows event and talked a little bit about the firm’s plans for streaming, including a […]

  • Watch John Romero play Doom

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  • World of Speed has gotten fairly pretty over the past year

    World of Speed has produced a new trailer, showing off the racing MMO’s progress over the past year. Announced one year ago, World of Speed is looking pretty damn shiny now. Check it out in this trailer, which introduces the Mountain Spiral Road location and teases several yet to be revealed. World of Speed comes […]

  • Minecraft user data leaked in plain text – change your passwords

    Minecraft users should change their passwords and those of any accounts using the same log-in details. Minecraft’s user data servers have apparently been compromised, with user names and passwords leaked online in plain text. 1,800 Mojang accounts were affected. The news comes via German source Heise and The Guardian and has been treated quite seriously […]

  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will commence filming in August

    The sixth Resident Evil movie is back on track. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter will begin filming in August, having been delayed to accomodate star Milla Jovovich’s pregnancy. In a Facebook post, Jovovich said she’s currently being very mindful of gaining enough weight to ensure a healthy birth for her second child, without the risk […]

  • Nintendo bosses “do not really understand modern gaming”, says former executive

    Former Nintendo executive Dan Adelman has provided frank insight into the Japanese platform holder’s inner workings. Adelman, who was one of Nintendo’s most important developer liaisons, left in August 2014. One of the first things he did was say that Nintendo had issued a gag order on his social media use, and shortly thereafter called […]

  • Sony’s 10% apology discount doesn’t apply to pre-orders

    Sony has updated the terms and conditions of its apology discount to exclude pre-orders. PSN members have been offered a 10% discount voucher as an apology for downtime over the holidays due to DDoS attacks. In an update to the PlayStation Blog announcement post, Sony clarified that you can’t use this for pre-orders. So. That […]

  • 343 to beta test Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking fix

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection is still broken, believe it or not. The next Halo: The Master Chief Collection update is, like most of the others so far, designed to resolve the shooter collection’s ongoing matchmaking woes. 343 Industries is determined to get it right, apparently, as it’s gone so far as to elect to […]

  • Here’s the release schedule for Star Citizen’s story and first-person modules

    Star Citizen lead Chris Roberts has shared release windows for several modules of the space simulation sandbox. Star Citizen was the focus of a BAFTA Masterclass presentation yesterday, during which Roberts outlined the game’s current development milestone goals. Polygon captured the details. The first person shooter, planetside and social elements on the game are expected […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End Hard Mode has already been beaten

    Destiny’s toughest challenge got extra tough today, but a troop of willing Guardians stepped up to the line of duty. Destiny developer Bungie has verified the identities of the first Guardians to beat hard mode for the Crota’s End raid, which launched earlier today. Bungie User Research has confirmed the World First finishers for the […]

  • All maps and modes for Battlefield Hardline detailed

    A third map and mode has been announced for Battlefield Hardline which means all modes and maps have been revealed. The new mode is Crosshair, a second competitive mode in which a former criminal “turned state’s witness” is on the run. His former buddies, who are criminals, are trying to kill him and the cops […]

  • Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies

    Alien: Isolation has sold over 1 million copies, Creative Assembly and SEGA announced today, and probably in joyous fashion, although PR mails never denote the writer’s mood. The quote included from creative lead, Alistair Hope does sound as though he is super pleased with the milestone. “It has been fantastic to watch the reviews come […]

  • Fable Legends launching on PC alongside Xbox One with cross-platform play

    Fable Legends was announced for PC today during Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, along with the news it would contain cross-platform play with Xbox One. The game will allow you to play with up to four of your friends online across both platforms. A video from the team at Lionhead, which goes into more detail, was […]

  • Parkour pioneer David Belle acted as a consultant on Dying Light

    It has been announced that actor, stunt coordinator and leading pioneer of Parkour, David Belle, consulted on Dying Light in order to bring authentic parkour to the game. According to a press release sent over by Techland, the development team worked with Belle to “verify the depiction of parkour” in the game as well as […]