If the video game lords are kind to those that worship at their alter, Fallout 4 will descend from the heavens into our clasping hands in 2016. I assume we'll just see its beautiful face peak through the clouds and wink at Bethesda's E3 conference this year - the little tease. Until then, I'll just have to continuously replay Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas in the safe knowledge that paid mods will be nowhere in sight.
But as one of Bethesda's worlds comes ever closer to the XBOX One and PS4, I can't help but think whether the same framework would function in their other RPG landscape. The Elder Scrolls Online is of course the work of ZeniMax Online, and while it was quite the mess at launch, we've actually seen the studio repair a lot of the more dominant grievances that Elder Scrolls fans had with it. It's going to be quite a different game on its console release date! But do you guys think that its format could work for the Fallout universe? Would you be interested in seeing a Fallout Online game following the release date of Fallout 4?
Fallout 4 With Multiplayer & A Fallout Online Release Date
The idea of multiplayer has been explored in the past in terms of incorporating it into the world of Fallout - we've yet to see much support for the concept. However, I still feel like the wasteland has potential in terms of allowing friends to navigate its hostile world side by side. I certainly don't want Fallout 4 to see a lot of people running around in what is supposed to be a singleplayer, RPG-focused game. But the idea of co-op still intrigues me.
However, the idea of a Fallout Online game is a whole different bag of worms. Would it be too strange to see a whole lot of players running around the wasteland seeking out different challenges? Personally, I think that Bethesda would have to establish a serious amount of servers in order to keep the player count down in everyone's sessions. I actually think that the likes of Day-Z is a rather intriguing model.
There's no way that the size of The Elder Scrolls Online's player count would work with Fallout - it's supposed to be a post-apocalyptic environment after all. However, if the numbers were reduced per server and Bethesda placed an emphasis on survival, I think the idea of an online component set in the Fallout universe would be really interesting! Naturally all I want is Fallout 4 for now, but with such a rich and diverse landscape for a video game, I can't help but think of the future alternatives.
So what do you think Fallout lovers? Are you interested in seeing a multiplayer component enter Fallout 4? Would a Fallout Online game be of any interest to you, or should they stay as exclusively singleplayer experiences? Let us know in the comments.