Since Bethesda got a hold of the Fallout franchise and released its first main title, the open-world RPG has never been the same. The team put a lot into each entry of their game and even brought in other people like Obsidian to expand it further. While a certain online multiplayer version of the series wasn’t a big hit, the other three released titles had much success. So the only question is, when will we get the next major entry? The good news is that Fallout 5 is confirmed to be in the works right now. As for what we know about it, it’s only bits and pieces.
Let’s start with something many fans have been talking about: single-player vs. multiplayer. What side will Bethesda fall on for the fifth main entry? Thankfully, we have an answer for this as one of the Bethesda leads, Todd Howard, noted that they’re going to keep things single-player. That’s not to say that there couldn’t be a multiplayer component, but it won’t be the focus like with Fallout 76.
Another thing you can bank on is the graphics engine. The games have always sought a high-polished look, and given that Starfield looks rather nice, you can bet the new game will have an equal amount of polish, just with a post-apocalyptic theme.
But now, the big question is: location. One of the things that gamers love about the franchise is that each main entry takes place in a new area within the United States. It keeps things fresh and allows for new characters, storylines, monsters, etc.
There has been a lot of speculation about where the franchise could go next. Some rumored places for the fifth entry include New Orleans, Chicago, and Alaska; some even said it might go outside America for the first time.
In truth, any of these options is valid. We know that the Bethesda team loves to use the environment and imagery of these areas to make everything seem more powerful. The only question is how far they’ll want to go in recreating their next location.
Gameplay-wise it will likely be similar to the past few entries, with some improvements, of course. The first or third-person options for combat will likely be there. The upgrade system will probably stay the same, too, as it’s a staple.
In truth, Fallout 5 is still very much a mystery to us. Only Bethesda knows where things will go and how they’ll turn out.