When you think about an IP, especially a best-selling franchise, you usually expect only one creator to continue making those games. After all, they typically are the ones who created the franchise in the first place, so why would they give it to someone else? Except, this happens all the time in game development. There comes a time or situation when another team is brought in to lead a new vision of the game, or the OG team departs and a new team is brought on to continue the legacy. For the Fallout franchise, multiple groups have worked on it over its 25 years of life. That includes Obsidian Entertainment via the incredibly popular Fallout: New Vegas.
How famous is Fallout: New Vegas? Well, most people rank it in the top two of the franchise, the other being Fallout 3, and most fans want the game to get a sequel. Fans have been hoping and asking for one for quite a while now, and there have been plenty of rumors about a new sequel to the game over the years. One of them happened recently from an industry insider who said the Obsidian Entertainment and Microsoft teams were “very interested” in making a sequel. So that’s something to get your hopes up about, right?
Not so much. In a new tweet celebrating the franchise’s 25th anniversary, Obsidian made a post thanking the franchise for everything and making it very clear where they stand right now.
Yeah, it appears they’re pretty busy right now and won’t be making another game in the franchise just yet. If you don’t know what they’re working on, that would be The Outer Wilds 2. The first title was their spin on a Fallout-like universe with a vast open world and many gameplay options. It was a huge hit, and Obsidian was praised for its creative vision for making the title’s world and story. Thus, it’s not much of a surprise that they would want to devote all their attention to that right now over a sequel to another franchise they don’t directly own.
If you’re thinking, “but can’t they work on two games at once?” the answer is they could, but what makes you think they aren’t doing that already? For all we know, they could be working on another title right now, if not a whole new franchise for them to have fun in.
That being said, Bethesda’s own Todd Howard admitted recently that Fallout 5 was in development. So if you’re craving another adventure in the post-apocalyptic world, you’ll get it. It just won’t be from Obsidian Entertainment. So, please don’t ask them about the potential for a New Vegas sequel. They have their plates full with some other stuff, and we’re sure it’ll be fantastic.