Bethesda is all about Starfield these days after showing the highly anticipated space RPG off on Sunday, but in a recent interview with IGN, Todd Howard also spoke about a possible development window for Fallout 5. Spoiler alert: it is a long ways away.
“Yes, Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production and, you know, we’re going to be doing Fallout 5 after that, so our slate’s pretty full going forward for a while,” Howard said.
Todd Howard is the director and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios, having led the development on the Fallout and Elder Scrolls games for over 25 years.
“They do take a while, I wish they came out faster, I really do, we’re trying as hard as we can” – Todd Howard
The last major installment in the Fallout franchise was 2018’s Fallout 76, in which Howard was the executive producer. The game suffered negative feedback at launch but has since tapered off to a small, but healthy playerbase. Of course, nothing compares to 2015’s Fallout 4, but there has been no word yet if Fallout 5 will stick to single-player or polish up the multiplayer aspect of Fallout 76.
Howard has previously discussed the idea of Fallout 5 as a sure thing, saying, “Fallout’s really part of our DNA here. We’ve worked with other [developers] from time to time – I can’t say say what’s gonna happen. You know, we have a one-pager on Fallout 5, what we want to do.”
With Starfield being the main focus for 2023, and Howard’s mention that the studio has “some other projects that we look at from time to time as well,” it seems like we won’t get our grubby little hands on Fallout 5 for several years.
And as Howard concedes, he feels our pain. “They do take a while, I wish they came out faster, I really do, we’re trying as hard as we can, but we want them to be as best as they can be for everybody.”