While Bethesda’s next big Fallout game, Fallout 76, will be multiplayer, the series will return to its single-player roots for a potential Fallout 5.
Speaking with German outlet GameStar (via WCCFtech), Bethesda’s Todd Howard revealed that there are certain games Bethesda intends to keep single-player, instead of continuing the trend towards adding multiplayer into every game.
“For those games [like Fallout 5, Elder Scrolls VI, and Starfield], we want to keep them as single-player,” Howard said. “That is what our focus is going to be. If they have some social aspect we haven’t designed yet, you’ll see. But we treat each of them as their own thing.”
Bethesda hasn’t yet announced an official Fallout 5 game, to be clear. Given the series’ popularity, however, it’s incredibly unlikely that we’ll never get another entry, and Bethesda is likely planning behind the scenes for the next big game.
Howard also added a few comments about how the technology at Bethesda is continually improving, letting the team push each game farther, regardless of whether that game is single-player or multiplayer.
“We wanted every aspect [of Fallout 76] to be better [than Fallout 4],” Howard said. “From the graphics to how the controls work, the gunplay, enemy AI, overlapping quests. In Fallout 4 we tried so many new things and redid so many things we had before, we took our lessons in how you strike that balance going into Fallout 76. We improved the hit detection for Fallout 76. It feels much better but you won’t notice unless you go back to Fallout 4 and compare those two games.”
In other words, improvements to the multiplayer games can help improve single-player games in the future, and vice-versa.
Fallout 76 is set to release on November 14th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. There’s no word yet on Fallout 5.