Todd Howard has confirmed to IGN that Fallout 5 will be Bethesda Game Studios’ next game after The Elder Scrolls 6, following through on Starfield 2023.
Speaking to IGN about last weekend’s Starfield gameplay at the Xbox-Bethesda Showcase, Howard summarized what’s next for his studio once the new IP is out the door:
“Yes, The Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production and, you know, we’re going to do Fallout 5 after that, so our slate is going all the way up for a while. We have a couple of other projects that we’re going to do.” Let’s see from time to time.
Howard previously told IGN that the studio has an idea for Fallout 5, saying, “Fallout is really part of our DNA. We’ve worked with other [developers] From time to time – I can’t say what’s going to happen. You know, we have a pager on Fallout 5, what do we want to do.” However, Howard didn’t confirm that it would definitely happen after The Elder Scrolls 6.
Of course, at Bethesda’s current pace of production, it will still take years for us to see what Fallout 5 really is. In today’s interview, Howard confirmed that work on Starfield began in late 2015, meaning it will take more than 7 years from start to finish when the game arrives. The last mainline Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, came out in 2011, and with the sequel still in pre-production, we have years to go before we even see it. We learned earlier that The Elder Scrolls 6 was pushed back because the team wanted to build Starfield first.
Howard acknowledged the long wait for his fan-favorite games, which means he is as disappointed as waiting to play them: “They take a while, I wish they came out faster, I In fact, we’re trying as hard as we can, but we want them to be the best for everyone.”
Fallout 4 was released in 2015, followed by a less beloved multiplayer spin-off, Fallout 76. Starfield is finally feeling close after several years of development, and the first gameplay shows have shown combat, introduced customization, and even hinted at a journey. Earth and our Solar System.
Adler Scrolls 6 was announced in 2018, but we know very little about it, despite some hints in the original teaser. What we can guess is that this will be an Xbox exclusive following comments from head of Xbox Phil Spencer.