Bethesda executive Todd Howard gave Fallout 4 fans unsettling news, namely that the awaited sequel could be in its incipient phase, but some gamers have started to believe it possible that this game could never happen. Although the situation is not that drastic, according to Howard, fans of Fallout will have to wait before they can play Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic creation. Although rumors that casting efforts were in progress surfaced in December 2013 and Kotaku believed that the documents were real and targeted Fallout 4, nothing materialized and the talked-about game did not appear.
After Rock, Paper, Shotgun bumped into Bethesda director Todd Howard during the D.I.C.E. Annual Summit, fans were presented with a dark scenario in which Fallout 4 could never happen, or at least the timeline is far from being released. After gamers were misled by a teaser website Survivor 2299, which later proved to be no more than a hoax and a bogus alternative reality game, rumors with regard to the sequel’s release date started flooding the internet. Howard admitted that the hoax’s ARG “was very, very well done.”
Bethesda’s director even mentioned that the hoax might not have affected the video game publisher, which is quite the contrary.
“The stuff they (fans) do, we often look at and go, ‘Well, why don’t we just do that?’,” Howard said.
This statement injected plenty of fans with a pessimistic viewpoint with regard to Fallout 4’s release date and doesn’t exclude the possibility that the game could not happen at all. According to Howard, there is no timeline for the announcement of the next game, but he did mention that the thinks “it’s gonna be a while.” As it can be seen from the executive’s declaration, the sequel could be in an experimental phase.
“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,” Howard concluded.
While Bethesda game director was scarce in declarations with regard to Fallout 4, he proved to be willing to talk about the return of the PC games. According to Howard, PC has made a comeback and Skyrim is doing better than ever. Moreover, the executive also pointed out the fact that the new consoles leave room for the ideas Bethesda is currently working on.
Although Todd Howard did not say anything about the release date of Fallout 4, which caused fans to believe that the sequel could never happen, he did imply that the video game publisher is working on a project which might be either in its design or experimental phase.
The latest Fallout was the one that debuted in 2010, which was set in a post-apocalyptic Las Vegas and was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, but Bethesda’s imprint was found in the third Fallout, which took place in Washington DC and its surrounding area. The game studios moved on to a new project in April 2013, but there is no news with regard to its content or title.
Although after hearing Howard’s statement, some gamers believe that Fallout 4 could never happen, the information that reportedly leaked in December 2013 portrayed a scenario of “total war,” in which the main character utters “War. War never changes,” and throws himself/herself in the arms of hostility.
By Gabriela Motroc