Obsidian CEO says he wants to make another Fallout

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Talking to Dualshockers (opens in new tab) for the 25th anniversary of Fallout, Feargus Urquhart, CEO and co-founder of Obsidian Entertainment, said that "if we ever got the opportunity to make another Fallout game, we'd make it. There's not even a question of whether or not we would do it, it's just 'Will the opportunity arise?'"

Obsidian developed Fallout: New Vegas, considered by many fans to be the best Fallout game (opens in new tab). When Microsoft acquired Bethesda, it raised the question of whether Obsidian might be let loose on Bethesda's series again, to which the studio responded with a simple shrug emoji (opens in new tab).

Since New Vegas, Obsidian has been responsible for RPGs like South Park: The Stick of Truth, the Pillars of Eternity series, and The Outer Worlds. The studio has plenty going on right now, having just released survival game Grounded, and medieval murder-mystery Pentiment is due on November 15. There's also Avowed coming up, which is a first-person game sharing the Pillars of Eternity setting, and The Outer Worlds 2 is in development as well.

But after all that, when Obsidian looks at what games to make next, Fallout will probably be on the list. "At some point we'll start looking into what those next games are going to be, and I would be surprised if Fallout is not on that list," Urquhart told Dualshockers. "If we were to do Fallout, it has to tie in with what Bethesda is doing with Fallout and a lot of other things, but I would always personally say my hope is that before I ride off into the sunset, I'd love to make another Fallout game."

Urquhart was director of Black Isle Studios, Interplay's RPG division, when it created the Fallout series. He's one of four designers credited with creating the SPECIAL system, and was lead designer and producer on Fallout 2. He left to found Obsidian in 2003, though as he told Dualshockers, "I hung around at Interplay for probably an extra year because I wanted to work on Fallout more. I love Fallout."

Bethesda director Todd Howard has said Fallout 5 is coming after The Elder Scrolls 6, and The Elder Scrolls 6 is still in pre-production until after Starfield is released. Basically, we shouldn't expect another Fallout game from Bethesda this decade, which leaves plenty of time for Obsidian to clear its slate and have another crack at it. 

If you've got a hankering for post-apocalyptic roleplaying in the meantime, inXile, the studio founded by Fallout 1 and 2 director Brian Fargo, has made two RPGs in a similar vein to the originals with its Wasteland sequels. Wasteland 3 in particular is pretty great. 

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.