Not For Fallout 4, But Obsidian Wants to Return to Fallout Setting

Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, Fallout: New Vegas was an excellent addition to the Fallout franchise. The game managed to maintain the quality established by its Bethesda-developed predecessor, Fallout 3, while seeing the addition of a worthwhile main questline that was more in line with Fallouts 1 and 2, originally developed at Black Isle Studios—the developers who would later become Obsidian.

It comes as no surprise then that Obsidian would like to return to the universe—if Bethesda permits it.

In an interview with Gameranx, Obsidian’s Chris Avellone expressed his company’s desire to return to the Fallout setting. He did so in address to fans clamoring for information about Fallout 4, a game which is speculated to be in development at Bethesda.

“All of the Fallout stuff is totally up to Bethesda. While we would love to do another Fallout game again, that is totally up to them,” Avellone said.

Should Obsidian ever return to the franchise, it surely wouldn’t be for Fallout 4, but there’s no reason why we wouldn’t see an expansion or a spinoff title in the vein of Fallout: New Vegas somewhere down the line.

Avellone also stated that the studio would like to try its hand at Knights of the Old Republic 3.

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23 Comments on Not For Fallout 4, But Obsidian Wants to Return to Fallout Setting

Nick B.

On July 9, 2013 at 9:12 am

Oh man, get them on KOTOR 3 stat! I’d love to get my hands on a new Fallout, but I’ve been dying for more Knights of the Old Republic for years (and not that MMORPG stuff).


On July 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

I hope they never touch fallout again because in fallout new Vegas I was only lvl 4 and in 20 min the game would just stop and pause


On July 9, 2013 at 11:19 am

@ Disappointment – Hate to break it to you, but you are in the minority there. The majority of Fallout fans feel New Vegas was miles better than Bethesda’s Fallout 3. The chances of Obsidian getting their hands on another Fallout game is actually quite good.


On July 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

to the previous comment that “the majority of fallout fans liked NV better” …ROFL hardly..FO3 was magical and unless you’re on a NV forum…FO3 always dominates the positive comments…while ok NV didn’t have nearly as much going on…the setting was bland, most locations were a few tents or a shack, nothing respanwed in a random way at all…no factions patrolled the map, most of the enemies were scorpions, deathclaws and geckos…not many human enemies in the game really and the few that there were like the PGs, or CL had melee weapons so overall I rate NV at maybe a 7.5 and FO3 more like 9 or better

Gregory Nush

On July 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Lonesome Road DLC for New Vegas was AWESOME.The rest of the New Vegas DLC’s,ehhh!! didn’t like them.But all in all Obsidian did a great job with New Vegas.Fallout has to be a bigger cash cow than Elder Scrolls Skyrim series.So cmon BGS immerse your studio totally into a Fallout game like you did Skyrim and lets see what happens.

Gregory Bush

On July 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Hey where’d my comment go?


On July 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm

I’d love to see them tackle another Fallout. New Vegas was excellent, and I really liked how well things blended together in relation to the main quest. Many side quests had at least a slight relation to the main quest, so it usually felt like what you were doing was going to help later. I also liked that all the DLC was used to tell its own narrative, as well.


On July 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I would love to see Obsidian take over bring fallout back to the original guys they kept true to the fallout series. Bethesda gave there own take it was good but not like the rest of the fallout games. Play all of the games and you would agree. New Vegas brought all of the things I enjoyed in the old fallout games, Bethesda just made there own version of fallout. Obsidian would do way better if they got fallout again.


On July 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

this is easy money.. do it please


On July 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm

if they touch another fallout game i am done playing fallout for good .fallout new Vegas was a half a** rush job there was many places you would explore and there was nothing there like they gave up mid production ,not as many quests, the world wasn’t as developed and the story sucked compared to 3. but it did add new elements that should be carried to fallout 4. in my eyes obsidian hasn’t made 1 AAA game yet so until they do they need to stay out of other company’s major titles and work on one of there own.


On July 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm

No joke, New Vegas wound up being my favorite game of all time. It just slowly wore me down and won me over over the course of 2 years.

I made a twitter account for the express purpose of thanking Chris Avellone. So lets get the ball rolling on this!

Bethesda makes the East Coast Fallout 4 (it will be visually stunning, spectacularly entertaining, and woefully underwritten) and Obsidian will make their West Coast counterpart (which will be kinda buggy, but will tell a worthwhile story no matter which way you bend it).

Also mods. There will need to be mods.


On July 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

Yes, I really enjoyed Fallout NV and in my opinion I think Obsidian is the only one that cares about Fallout, not like Bethesda lying to us and telling us that they were already working on Fallout 4 after the release of Fallout 3 when they haven’t done after 5 years almost 6 now.


On July 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

Yes, I really enjoyed Fallout NV and in my opinion I think Obsidian is the only one that cares about Fallout, not like Bethesda lying to us and telling us that they were already working on Fallout 4 after the release of Fallout 3 when they haven’t done anything after 5 years almost 6 now.


On July 10, 2013 at 10:50 am

Anything *


On July 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I honestly hope Obsidian are not involved in any future Fallout development. Their QA was a total disaster, even after the final NV patch there were major game-breaking bugs. The story was rather disappointing, with the exception of some of the DLC storylines. Other sci-fi action RPGs have really raised the bar in story terms (*cough* Mass Effect *cough*) and I seriously doubt Obsidian could deliver in that area.


On July 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

It’d be cool to see another Fallout. I never enjoyed NV due to it’s lack of action compared to Fallout 3. The weapons were amazing but there ain’t much to shoot besides insects and such… The radio stations just loop the same songs over and over as well. Fallout New Vegas just felt so linear (Because it was being linear with the map design and enemy placements). I could only do one play-through of New Vegas before I just didn’t care about the game.

Fallout 3 was just more open to anything. Once you escaped the Vault, you can literally go anywhere you’d like to. The radio stations were actually fun to listen to and there were things to actually shoot.

Overall, I’d like to see another Fallout but not bland and boring. More weapons of mass destruction and more enemies to use them on. Make it more challenging to survive at least because Fallout New Vegas was just too easy (And you didn’t even have to kill anything to beat it.). Oh, and Fallout New Vegas always freezes on PS3. Fix it?


On July 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

Obisidian should make there own fallout game (with permission from bethesda) and make in like the core region maybe the bone yard or something. But, bethesda should make there own and even though there just rumours,Boston sounds like a great location.


On July 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

I know it would be a ton of extra work but I”d really like to see a Fallout game where you have maybe three different possible starting scenarios. You could have an interactive newsreel going as part of the intro and present the player with a few multiple choices popping up. Your choices would affect how the news story plays out, kind of how the GOAT affected your character. The story’s ending would then determine how the game starts. One scenario could be a traditional vault dweller origin, which would skew your start options to smarter but less tough/rad resistant. Another could have you being a member of a tribe that found a semi-intact vault and scavenged what little was left (more balanced range of stats). A third start might have you being the child of raiders who were obliterated by the Brotherhood of Steel. Not wanting to raise a raider brat they left you with friendly wasteland villagers (tougher but with less skill options). Of course as you leveled up you could put those points wherever you were able, but It just never made sense to me that a vault dweller could grow up as a really tough but dumb guy. Being a wastelander who could start out with crazy science skills and the like also felt wrong.


On July 15, 2013 at 7:21 am

Personally I feel bethesda done a better job iron sights and hardcore mode and mo guns were the only things fallout 3 was missing which bethesda will rectify in fallout 4. obsidian didn’t focus on small things fallout 3 was more detailed and I wanted to explore very location as there’s be a little backstory to each place. new vegas just had countless mines with a unique weapon and some legendary variant of an enemy.

played fallout 1&2 good mood setting and characters as well as realism i.e. bad things happening like rape references, prostitutions, child killing which made the game more authentic of a apocalypse. take fallout 1&2 mood and music with fallout 3 and make fallout 4 the best fallout. I’d recommend obsidian an fallout working together but bethesda would just veto every obsidian decision/suggestion.


On July 28, 2013 at 11:35 am

I don’t know why people hate on New Vegas so much, in my opinion its an overall better game. It’s like the Uncharted discussion, people say that the second entry was better and other say that the third entry was better, it’s all a matter of preferences. Stay cool and enjoy your games ;)


On August 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Im going to say that Fallout 3 is better than Fallout NV. (well the storyline). Fallout 3 storyline had you on the edge and you didn’t know what to expect. On fallout NV it wasn’t as good. I believe if NV main storyline was based on the character’s past (lonesome road), then it would have been better.

I just do not like how the campaign was based on a war. You couldn’t even play with the results!!

However, if they make a Fallout NV 2 then that will be fine. :) Just make the map bigger with more vaults and more cities!! It’s boring at times.


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