An interview came out today from a former Fallout: New Vegas developer on Eurogamer. The lead designer in fact. The quotes were taken from earlier this year, but they might hint at the direction Bethesda is taking with the sequel to the popular first-person, RPG.
The developer, Josh Sawyer, said he hopes the game will offer choices that represent the game’s grim world. That makes sense with the tone of the games. As a lone survivor, it would be odd to save the day without having the weight of the world on you. The point of Fallout is to find an interesting story in the scarcity and savagery of a post-apocalypse. I think this is likely to find it’s way into the next Fallout game, regardless if Sawyer actually knows anything about it.
Secondly, Sawyer said he wants the gameplay to be more challenging. If you’ve played Fallout, you’ll know the game’s combat isn’t that difficult. And when we have several survivor games that seem to have taken great inspiration from Bethesda’s games, you’d think the next Fallout would be more realistic. With difficulty, comes more investment in the game. Fallout would likely benefit from pulling you even deeper into the world. Hopefully Bethesda gives us the option to pump the difficulty up for those who seek that type of game.
He also suggests the game will run a lot better on PlayStation platforms. Please, Bethesda. No more broken games.
It’s hard to say how much belief we should put into Sawyer’s statements. He’s obviously a fan of the series who wants similar things as everyone else, but he’s also worked on one of the games. He might have heard tidbits about the game. It all makes sense too. If we put together the more believable rumors, specifically that it will take place in Boston, the game sounds closer and closer to being announced.
E3 is very, very soon. Will we hear about it then? I think it’s unlikely, unless Microsoft or Sony worked out an exclusivity deal to get the game on stage when they do their press conferences. Instead, I think it will probably be announced via Bethesda’s own event. Fallout is too popular. It doesn’t need a gaming convention to get people excited. I just hope Bethesda will get on to announcing it soon.