Bethesda Game Studios have their next three games planned out and it’s likely over a decade of dev time between Starfield, TES6, and Fallout 5.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, once Bethesda’s Starfield is out of the way, and they’re done with the already-announced The Elder Scrolls 6, Fallout will be back on the menu. In an interview this past week as part of Summer Game Fest, Todd Howard – director and EVP at Bethesda Game Studios – confirmed Fallout 5 would be next for the team.
“Yes, Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production and, you know, we’re going to be doing Fallout 5 after that,” Howard told IGN in an interview. “So our slate’s pretty full going forward for a while. We have some other projects that we look at from time to time as well.”
Estimating a release date is challenging, but let’s consider the last game from this team was Fallout 4 in 2015. Starfield was supposed to be this year, then delayed, but also had Covid to go through – so let’s say it’s a wash and call it a 7 year dev cycle. Add a year to each project for general complexity increases… Elder Scrolls 6 in 2030, Fallout 5 in 2039. I’ll be 48.
Of course, there’s been some significant engine work for Starfield, likely lengthening its dev time. Covid impact also can’t really be estimated unless you’re internal at the studio itself, and you never know what the impact of new employees, different working practices, moving to more remote work and much more might have. Howard himself would be 69 by then.
There’s also those “other projects that we look at from time to time as well” which could be anything from spin-offs of their major franchises to big new things like Starfield.
Starfield is now coming in 2023, at some point before July. Expect to hear more before the end of the year.
Written by GLHF.