Bethesda may not have officially confirmed Fallout 5, but given the popularity of the veteran series, we'd be surprised if the developer didn't have another entry up its sleeve.

The most recent entry in the Fallout series was Fallout 76, released in 2018.. However, the online multiplayer game has received mixed reviews from fans and critics since its release mostly due to bugs and glitches throughout the game with plenty of disappointments showing that 76 was an online offering rather than a game to play. a single player.

This means that It's been five years since the last "main" Fallout 4 game was released. So while Bethesda will likely focus on the upcoming (and confirmed) Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6, we're expecting a new Fallout one. The game is in the works, though we probably won't see it for a few years.

But, since Fallout is one of Bethesda's biggest franchises, it seems likely that his eye is on the future of the series, probably in the life cycle of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, which we imagine would last about seven years, if not more.

Given Microsoft's purchase of Bethesda's parent company Zenimax, we might even see Fallout 5 as an Xbox/PC exclusive. However, andthis is still just speculationXbox head Phil Spencer has said exclusive games will be decided on a "case-by-case" basis.

So even though we don't have any concrete information yet, We've rounded up all the rumors and leaks surrounding Fallout 5 below. along with what we'd like to see in the next Wasteland chapter.

Come to the point

  • What is it? The next unconfirmed installment in the popular Fallout franchise.
  • When can I play it? There is no confirmed date yet.
  • What console will it be installed on? Probably Xbox Series X and PC first, with the potential to come to PS5.

Fallout 5 release date

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While There is currently no confirmed release date for Fallout 5., there is a lot of speculation at the moment, with optimistic predictions that even set a release date for 2022.

This release window would align historically, as the gap between Fallout games is usually seven years, as was the case between Fallout 3 (2008) and Fallout 4 (2015).

But the reality is that Bethesda has not officially confirmed the next Fallout game and the developer is focusing on Starfield, Elder Scrolls 6 and improvements for Fallout 76 at the moment, so 2022 seems pretty ambitious realistically, 2024 or later is more realistic.

It all really depends on how far Bethesda teams go with each game, but it would make sense if we saw Fallout 5 release sometime after those titles.

Obviously, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will complicate things during development, which could lead to multiple delays even after the game's announcement.

Fallout 5 platforms

We will likely see the next version of Fallout for PS5, Xbox Series X / S, and PC.

It stands to reason that Microsoft and Bethesda would make it an exclusive title due to the latter's purchase by the former earlier this year., but Xbox has said that exclusivity deals on new Bethesda games will be decided at the event on a case-by-case basis.

Considering that console lifecycles typically last around seven years, it seems likely that Fallout 5 will be available on these systems before next-gen systems are introduced.

Fallout 5 location and setting

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If you've ever played a Fallout game, you'll know how much you love the apocalyptic American backdrop ravaged by nuclear weapons.

All Fallout games were hosted in a US state, so it would make sense if that aspect didn't change. Fallout 3, for example, took place in Washington, while Fallout 4 took place in Boston.

It would be nice to see Fallout explore different parts of the world, but it could change the game too much and alienate longtime fans who particularly enjoy the scenery.

You don't have to look far to see fans chatting and fantasizing about the Fallout 5 location. Here are the most popular locations we've heard of so far:

New Orleans:

Rumors that a new Fallout game would be set in N'awlins began after a trademark application for "Fallout New Orleans" was spotted online in 2016.

In the end, that list fell apart four years later, but it could all be clever bait and change.

We've visited swampy areas in Fallout before, but a game entirely in the Deep South would definitely be an interesting take.


This is a bit more "out there" in terms of validity.

Having a game set in Windy City is only speculated because Fallout: New Vegas fans remember that there is a clue to an Enclave outpost in Chicago.

Anywhere else in the world:

There has always been the Fallout game set in the USA. So could Fallout 5 be the one to turn the tide?

Having a game set in Korea, China, Russia, or somewhere else would be a great way to change the look of the entire map and locations. A new installment is a great opportunity to give the franchise a new aesthetic.

Will Fallout 5 be multiplayer?

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Mutliplayer and online cooperation:

Each main Fallout game has been reserved for a single player. Fans have probably always loved the idea of ​​walking through the apocalyptic desert with friends, but when it was tried with Fallout 76, it didn't work very well.

It stands to reason that Fallout 5 will only be designed as a single-player experience., as the Fallout 76 team is constantly updating and trying to improve the multiplayer experience of their online service.

Given 76's hectic history, Fallout 5 would probably suffer too much from a "bad" multiplayer experience that Bethesda might now want to avoid.

That is not to say that there will be no social functions. There may be a social system, as we've seen in games like Dark Souls and Bloodborne, of leaving messages for other players to give them hints (or trolle them), but that might be out of place in the world of Fallout.

Fallout 5 rumors and news

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New engine for Fallout 5:

Bethesda has confirmed that it is upgrading its current engine, which was used to create The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion, Fallout 3, Skyrim, and even Fallout 4.

As we all know, the engine used for these games is sketchy at best, plagued with many animation issues, and there is something wrong with all the character designs and movements.

According to Bethesda, this new engine is used to develop Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6. According to GamesRadar, the engine would have the same name, but will bring new renderings, lighting, animations (hallelujah), landscape system and photogrammetry.

Todd Howard spoke about the engine after the announcement of the Microsoft merger, stating that "this has led to our biggest engine overhaul since Oblivion, with all the new technology powering our first new IP in 25 years, Starfield, as well as The Elder Scrolls 6."

Unsurprisingly, there is no information on how the next Fallout game will play out.

Needless to say, like any good sequel, it will use and build on previous Fallout 4 features, taking what worked and adapting it while eliminating things that didn't resonate with players.

In 2015, Fallout 4 opted for a voiced protagonist rather than a silent one, which meant it was somewhat limited in its role-playing aspects. You always created your own character, but there were fewer dialogue options to choose from because of that.

Obviously, there are ways around that and you can get a character to express while having a decent RPG experience.

At least, Given how much criticism Fallout 76 has faced, you're hoping that Bethesda now knows what not to do when making the next Fallout game.

Fallout Settlements was another system introduced in Fallout 4, where your character basically builds bases and has a lot of customization freedom. It would be nice to see the expansion of this system.

With Bethesda's new engine and hopefully an entirely new setting, Fallout 5 could deliver a great experience capable of winning over tired fans who were disappointed while captivating die-hard fans at the same time.

Either way, we can expect to see many of the same systems from all previous games, which makes surviving the nuclear apocalypse so enjoyable.

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