When Fallout 4 is finally given a release date, the millions of fans waiting for it will either storm Bethesda Studios in a mixed state of rage and ecstasy, rambling sweet nothings about waiting too long, lover you should have come over, something something mutants… or the color will finally return to their face after waiting with bated breath for over seven freaking years now.
Fallout 4: Running Bethesda's Skyrim Engine?
Yup, Fallout 3 hit the stores and received critical acclaim back in 2008 and although the New Vegas expansion released in 2010 was a vast improvement to the narrative, characters and content of the original, there was just no way an (albeit rather epic) expansion was going to hold up as the next Fallout installation running on that now ancient Gamebryo engine which also brought you… wait for it… that 2002 Elder Scrolls Title that holds a special place in all of our hearts: Morrowind.
Now, we know Skyrim was built on Bethesda's vastly improved Creation engine and we know that dragons have never looked better. Well… Dragon Age came close. But you get the point.
Imagine Fallout 3 running on the same engine that brought us Skyrim! Oh-mer-gerd, Bethesda JUST CONFIRM YOU ARE WORKING ON IT ALREADY. Ahem. Sorry.
Seven years. Let that sink in while I serve up some tantalizing tidbits of (mis?) information scoured from the deepest, darkest corners of the interwebs.
From what we know, which is very little, Fallout 4 Is probably (definitely!) coming, speculation due to Erik Todd Dellums’ twitter tease - the voice of Three Dog in Fallout 3 - back in January last year.
Xbox One and PS4: Will Fallout 4 Come to Next Gen?
We also have no idea when or even what platforms it will be available on. PC is a safe bet (it is Bethesda after all) and after Bethesda’s game director Todd Howard’s comments about next generation consoles, Xbox One and Playstation 4 owners can also (probably) rest at ease. Rockpapershotgun reported in February this year that during an interview Howard stated:
"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."
The hype around Fallout 4 is ridiculous. Because no official statements or announcements have been made fans have been hyping themselves up talking about it. One prankster even went so far as to make a fake teaser website titled TheSurvivor2299 (earning himself widespread internet hate and a firm response from Bethesda’s legal team). He later braved an Ask Me Anything on Reddit where one Reddit user humorously suggested a more sinister plot to the entire debacle:
So, all we get are tiny scraps of information… but the truth is the one really solid, tangible tidbit dates all the way back to 2008, the year Fallout 3 hit the shelves, when Bethesda’s vice president of PR, Pete Hines, said to Totalvideogames:
“This is not something we're going to do once and then go away and never do it again… when that will be or how long that will be god only knows, but we acquired it specifically because we wanted to own it and develop it and work on it like we do with The Elder Scrolls.”
If, and when, Fallout 4 is released it will surely utilize the new and improved Creation engine which means a new and exciting post apocalyptic world to scavenge, rendered and re-imagined in a stunning environment… and all while listening to the cool early jazz and be-bop sounds of the 1930’s.
Keep dreaming, because as Hines aptly put it, god only knows when the beauty that is Fallout 4 is hitting the shelves. And when it does, it will be about goddamn time.
So when do you think we'll see Fallout 4? How much longer can fans wait? Write in with your own thoughts and speculations below the line!