Over the weekend, Todd Howard, recently spoke with GamesIndustry.biz about the fear that Fallout 76 may indicate that the future of Fallout may be online-only or indicate a future where Fallout will have some form of multiplayer components.
“It doesn’t mark the future,” Todd Howard said. “Corporately we’ve done a mix; people forget sometimes. Elder Scrolls Online is one of the biggest online games in the world, we have Fallout Shelter which we keep updating and Elder Scrolls: Legends.”
“Anyone who has ever said ‘this is the future and this part of gaming is dead’ has been proven wrong every single time. We like to try it all. For a long time we wanted to try a multiplayer game and we had this idea. We shouldn’t be afraid. We should try it.”
Time for some speculation and some thoughts: This is true, Bethesda Game Studios has admitted that everytime that they create a game, they want to have some kind of multiplayer componet attached to it and it just happended to be that Fallout 76 was the one in the pot to make the list. Anyways, Fallout 76 is the multiplayer componet of Fallout 4 which originally was going to have multiplayer.
I agree with Todd Howard on the front that single-player is alive and well although I think that single-player is slowly going away as the industry is moving towards Games as a Service and Live Services. I can give a 100 examples on how singleplayer is at this point thriving, look at God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn and I agree that Fallout 76 isn’t really representive of the future of the franchise.
As with the Elder Scrolls, The Elder Scrolls Online was formed because The Elder Scrolls VI was and is still a very long time from now and that is why we’re seeing a lot of Elder Scrolls spin-offs like the upcoming Blades for mobile phones. The same approach is being taken for Fallout as Fallout 5 is several years away and will release on next generation platforms and it’s clear to see that Fallout 76 is holding the water down until then with years of expansions and updates. There is this online only Fallout game that will get updated through the years as Todd Howard and co. goes on to create Fallout 5.
I would imagine that if Fallout 76 is super successful on the multiplayer side then I would imagine that Todd and co. will perhaps do another online only Fallout or maybe Fallout 5 will have some kind of multiplayer componet alongside it. Who knows really but anyays, stay tuned for more on Fallout 76 when the beta gets closer and the launch of the game gets closer.
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