Is Fallout 5 confirmed? Sadly not, but virtual radiation and nuclear genocide fans can look forward to Fallout 76 on the way next.
It has been a while since we witnessed the bombs drop and sojourned through the aftermath in Fallout 4’s Boston, and so we’re already itching to play Fallout 5 - unless that’s that pesky radroach bite. No, we’re pretty sure it’s excitement.
Numbered releases in the series can be many years apart, so we could be waiting some years before we can pick at the remains of another Fallout 5 location. So, for the moment, we’ll have to be satisfied with rumours and hearsay: there is little in terms of Fallout 5 news. Our vault-raiding and mutant-splattering senses still tingle, however, and that’s not because of the radiation.
It might not be Fallout 5, but here is everything we know about the Fallout 76 release date, setting, and gameplay.
However, we can still speculate. Could Fallout 5 be the first of the series to venture outside America? Will the game have multiplayer so we blast away super mutants with a friend? Either way, here's everything we know about Fallout 5.
Fallout 5 release date
As yet, there’s no confirmed Fallout 5 release date. We have waited as long as a decade between entries to our favourite post-apocalyptic series in the past, but since Fallout 76 was announced two years on from Fallout 4 - the same gap between Fallout 3 and New Vegas - it looks likely that we will be waiting a long time for Fallout 5. In fact, it's more likely that we get a The Elder Scrolls 6 release date, first.
We have almost nothing to go on, but we’re crossing our grubby scavenger fingers that we see Fallout 5 soon.
Fallout 5 news is thin on the ground, but we do know that Bethesda thinks carefully about adding multiplayer to each of its major releases. Speaking to Mashable in 2015, series director Todd Howard said: “Believe it or not, every time we do a game we design a multiplayer mode just to see what we could do.” Fallout is a single-player focused series, so if there was Fallout 5 multiplayer, this would be a huge change of direction that would require considerable resources.
Perhaps a new engine could help make this possible? A Zenimax job listing indicates that the company are looking for an engine programmer to “develop cutting edge technologies.” Some players found Fallout 4’s graphics dated, so there’s a chance that Bethesda has already invested in a new engine or is upgrading an existing one for Fallout 5 and beyond.
Fallout 5 location
Plenty of new Fallout 5 locations have been rumoured but we have no concrete evidence on the winner. We have picked the Fallout 5 settings we would like to see already, but here are the most rumoured locations currently buzzing around the internet.
Ever since a trademark application for ‘Fallout New Orleans’ was filed to the EU Intellectual Property Office in 2016, rumours of a Deep South addition to the series have been swirling. We have visited swampy environments before in Fallout 3’s DLC, Point Lookout, and Far Harbor in Fallout 4, so take this rumour with a pinch of salt.
Trivia time: when have we visited Chicago in the Fallout series before? Ten points if you recalled the intro to Fallout: Tactics. We may have only visited the home of Al Capone and deep dish pizza briefly, but there’s a chance that it could be a Fallout 5 location. In New Vegas, ED-E hints at Enclave outposts in Chicago, after all.
Another rumoured destination that has appeared in the series already is Alaska. But that was just before the bombs dropped in the Great War of 2077. Operation: Anchorage, the first Fallout 3 DLC pack, is named after the greatest battle in the series’ alternative universe: the liberation of Anchorage, Alaska from occupying Chinese troops. In the DLC you travel back to 2076 via your Pip-Boy, but it would be great to trace the aftermath of this famous fight in Fallout 5.
A Fallout game has never been set outside the US, but could Fallout 5 be the first? Maybe we’ll be venturing into Chinese or Russian territory to allow us to see the world-consuming conflict from the perspective of America’s biggest Fallout foes?
Equally, what about the European Commonwealth? Whether it is Berlin, Paris, or Rome, it is an enticing prospect to visit Europe after decades of struggles over resources and civil wars decimated the union.
Fallout 5 gameplay
Despite our positive Fallout 4 review, the game was not universally acclaimed. Few Fallout fans would count it as the pinnacle of the post-apocalyptic series, perhaps due to the reduced roleplaying mechanics and disappointing graphics. When it comes to Fallout 5 gameplay, RPG devotees are hoping for more.
Without any specific details to work with, we can only speculate as to how Fallout 5 will play. We expect to be exploring a rich, new, and desolate world, looting, and picking up quests that take us to other intriguing locales. Hopefully we get a deeper roleplaying system, where choices actually feel consequential. It would also be great to see expanded dialogue options; we’d definitely have that at the expense of a voiced protagonist, which was introduced for the first time in the series in Fallout 4.
Considering the amazing creations that were made in the previous game, perhaps Fallout 4's settlements will return. Building bases added another wrinkle to scavenging as we kept our eyes peeled for two coffee cups to rub together to craft a posh new khazi. Bringing back materials from quests to expand and bolster our bases proved a compelling gameplay loop. Here’s hoping we see expanded settlement options in Fallout 5, although you can have that right now by taking advantage of the Fallout 4 mods and console commands.
Anything new in terms of Fallout 5 gameplay is anybody’s guess, but perhaps we will see a VR version of the game launched close to, or simultaneously with, the standard game. In Fallout 4’s case, we had to wait a little over two years from the main game’s release before we could strap The Commonwealth to our skulls.
The other elephant in the vault is multiplayer, which Todd Howard admitted is actively considered for each major Bethesda release. While it would be a significant sea change for the series, it is exciting to picture exploring the wastes with a friend in co-op.
How about we take Fallout 5 multiplayer a step further. What if, like The Elder Scrolls Online, we get a Fallout MMO next? Could the wastelands of Boston, Washington, and Las Vegas be linked together in a persistent multiplayer world? Perhaps, given the Kotaku report that the game will be an "online survival RPG", this might already be Fallout 76.
Our initial The Elder Scrolls Online review showed the poor state in which it launched. Marred by bugs, a high monthly subscription cost, and odd design decisions, the fantasy MMO turned things around to become one of the best MMORPGs on PC. Buoyed by this latent enthusiasm, it is certainly possible that Bethesda will use the lessons they learned the hard way with TESO to explore making a Fallout Online MMO. A few years ago we might not have been so sure but we think now there is a chance that it could happen.
Fallout 5 trailer
Since there is nothing in the way of a Fallout 5 release date, there is no trailer, either. Once any video footage for the next Fallout game appears, you know where to find us.