Despite the negativity and bashing from fans that was garnered by Fallout 76, Bethesda could pursue another multiplayer open-world game sometime in the future. Word comes directly from Skyrim and Fallout Director, Todd Howard, who said that he wouldn’t “rule out” making games similar to Fallout 76 in the future.
During the Develop: Brighton conference, Howard expressed this even further as he was asked if there was scope for another multiplayer-only open-world game. His reply was simple.
“You don’t want to say never. I think the one thing we would do different is put it out there. You really have to beta test this things for a long period of time, 24/7 with like players.”
Given the general reaction to Fallout 76, this comment isn’t all that surprising as that game only saw short testing periods just a little while before it was released. He went on to acknowledge that Bethesda dropped the ball with Fallout 76, saying that the studio “wasn’t really giving our audience what the wanted…they were really let down by what we delivered on day one.”
Despite all of this, Howard claims the game “has been a really positive experience” and help the studio become “better-connected” with its community, which seems to be a big reason why he said, “I can’t say it’s going to be a one-off.”
That said, a new Bethesda multiplayer game isn’t exactly on the horizon. Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 have to come first, and they are both single-player games. They are also a long way off and, while Howard wouldn’t rule it out, there’s no telling what the game will be or when it will happen. Microsoft does own Bethesda now, though, so things may end up moving a little quicker with any luck.