“Don’t do this, because we’re going to do this in Fallout 5,” Todd Howard talks Fallout TV show in this exclusive interview

What you need to know

  • Microsoft and Bethesda have signed an agreement with Amazon to produce a Fallout TV show, and it looks pretty damn great. 
  • The shows producers referred to the TV show as “Fallout 5,” which had some Fallout fans nervous about the status of a very long, long, long awaited follow up to Fallout 4. 
  • In a new interview with Den of Geek, Bethesda’s Todd Howard confirmed that, indeed, the TV show isn’t Fallout 5, while implying that there’s already a plan in place for the fifth instalment. 

What is Fallout?

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Fallout is primarily a video game franchise set in an alternative reality where the Cold War culminated in a global nuclear apocalypse. Technology is stuck in the 1950s albeit with an atomic twist, and the game is known for its hyperviolent gameplay and satirical writing. Fallout spun off originally from a 1988 title called Wasteland, developed by Brian Fargo. Since acquiring both InXile and Bethesda, Microsoft now owns the Fallout franchise and the Wasteland franchise. Wasteland maintains its tactical gameplay roots, while Fallout has expanded to be something of a shooter-RPG. 

For fans of Bethesda’s apocalyptic RPG series, the wait for Fallout 5 continues to be agonizing. 

The previous mainline Fallout game launched in 2015, and while there is a next-gen Fallout 4 “refresh” update on the way, the wait for a true sequel still seems far away. Developed by Bethesda Softworks, instead of Fallout 5, the firm opted instead to build a futuristic space RPG in 2023’s Starfield, as well as the multiplayer-focused Fallout 76. The studio’s next game is Elder Scrolls VI, and given Bethesda’s notoriously long development cycles, fans are not expecting to see Fallout 5 this side of the decade — but it does seem that there’s a plan in place. 

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