Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas, the spin-off action role-playing game developed by Obsidian, turned eight years old on Friday.

It’s an opinion held by many fans of the series that Fallout: New Vegas may be the best game in the franchise, despite it not being developed by Bethesda. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic Nevada, known as the Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is cleverly renamed New Vegas, and your character is the “Courier”, in charge of delivering an important package to the fabled city when things go wrong. After its release in 2010, fans have been wondering whether Obsidian would develop another game for the series.

The Courier arrives in New Vegas.

“Very doubtful” was the answer the game company gave this week, when questioned by a fan on Twitter and Todd Howard, game director for Bethesda, seems to agree

“I wouldn’t say never. But now that our company is so big, it’s always better to keep stuff internal…it becomes less likely, but I could never say never. I thought the Obsidian guys did a fabulous job.” Howard said, in an interview with The Guardian in July.

Even so, Obsidian has expressed interest in doing another game in the Fallout series. In an interview with VG24/7 in September 2017, Obsidian’s CEO, Feargus Urquhart said he’d personally “love to do another Fallout”. A designer for the game company, Eric Fenstermaker, tweeted his desire to develop another Fallout game as well. The unlikelihood of another Obsidian Fallout game only increases as rumors circulate that the video game company is close to being bought out by Microsoft. Sources told Kotaku that the deal was about “90 percent complete” as of the beginning of October.

For now, fans can enjoy Fallout 76, the next game in the series, developed by Bethesda, which also happens to be a multiplayer action role-playing game. The game is set to release November 14, but fans who pre-ordered the game can begin playing as early as October 23.