While the Fallout community tends to polarize between purists who think Fallout 1 and 2 are the pinnacle of the franchise while others think Fallout: New Vegas is the best entry of the franchise, it seems like Bethesda isn’t keen on letting a third-party studio handle their lucrative IP again.
The news comes from an interview with living god and savior Todd Howard and The Guardian, where the Bethesda boss said while they loved Fallout: New Vegas, they’re probably going to keep development on the franchise internal moving forward.
“I wouldn’t say never,” Howard said. “[But] now that our company is so big, it’s always better to keep stuff internal … it becomes less likely, but I could never say never. I thought the Obsidian guys did a fabulous job.”
Howard also talked up another running gag with the developer, the re-releases of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, when asked about another common fan demand: remaking older Fallout or Elder Scrolls games.
“I’m happy that you can play Morrowind now on an Xbox One, as it’s backwards compatible. I’m really happy that Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and others are making it easier for people to play [older games] as they were played at the time. I actually prefer that over remasters,” he said. “I’d rather you play Morrowind the way it was … I think the age is part of its identity.
“For Skyrim Remastered, we had done some work on it but it was already pretty visually close. But for something like Morrowind, my personal preference is not to remaster it. We [also] get asked a lot to remaster [1997’s] Fallout 1, and I usually say, if you have a PC you can play Fallout the way it was. I think that’s how it should be. I think streaming technology is definitely coming, and it’s gonna make people’s access to games infinitely easier. You’ve seen it happen to music and movies and I think it’s a great thing.”
While Howard’s stance on internal development is mostly spot on, spin-off titles like The Elder Scrolls Online (Zenimax Online Studios, although they are owned by Bethesda’s parent company) and Fallout Shelter (Behaviour Interactive) have done well and mostly fallen in line with their existing IPs.
Bethesda’s next big internally developed games include: Fallout 76, Starfield, and even The Elder Scrolls VI.