Bethesda Game Studios executive producer Todd Howard has recently stated publicly that the studio is working on three new games. Two of which will be “classically Bethesda” games and one of which will be for mobile platforms. The big question, of course, is what are these games?
According to information released by studio executive Pete Hines, Elder Scrolls VI was not in development as of August 2016. There has been no official word released on whether Fallout 5 is in development yet, after voice actor Ryan Alosio’s disastrous prank on Instagram in December. It looks like neither of these series represents the two big projects that Howard refers to, particularly as he said they are “A bit different [from previous Bethesda titles] but definitely in the wheelhouse that people are used to from us.” He also promises that the games are "bigger than anything we've ever done."
This is certainly a change up for Bethesda Game Studios, as since its inception in 2001 the studio has exclusively produced Fallout and Elder Scrolls games and DLC, with the exception of IHRA Professional Drag Racing 2005. Given the large differences in settings between Elder Scrolls and Fallout, it’s anyone’s guess as to where the new games would be set, though they will most likely follow similar mechanics in the open-world style that both series use.
As for the mobile game, Howard says the studio has learned from the experience of making Fallout Shelter, released in 2015.
“The one takeaway was that the game is somewhat unique, so for the thing we're doing next we wanted to continue to do that. We need to not look too hard at what's working well for other people. The game we're doing is a very different style game, unique in the space. There isn't something else we're looking at for style.”In other Bethesda news, Howard has said that Fallout 4 will be coming to VR and assures fans that yes, it is the whole game. While there isn't a release date set as of now, Howard was enthusiastic about the progress being made. "You can play it start to finish right now, and the whole thing really works in terms of interface and everything." he said, adding that "I assure you, V.A.T.S. in VR is awesome. We love it."
Are you excited for new Bethesda games or would you rather see more Elder Scrolls and Fallout? How about Fallout 4 in VR? Let us know in the comments below!