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Fallout 5 confirmed - everything we know and everything we'd like to see

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Fallout 5 has officially been confirmed. While we've long since suspected that we'll someday see another Fallout game arrive given the success of games past, it's still exciting to know that's among the upcoming Bethesda games set to bring the post-apocalyptic world back in the future. But with the developer busy at work on its new IP Starfield which is set to release next year in the first half of 2023, and Elder Scrolls 6 set to come before Fallout, it's safe to say it will be quite a wait before it arrives. And with the studio focused elsewhere for the time being, it'll likely be a long time before we start to learn some concrete details about the new entry. 

While we wait, read on below to find out everything know at this stage about Fallout 5, along with our own wish list rounding up what we would love to see from the next adventure.

Fallout 5 release window

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Again, it's unlikely we'll see a Fallout 5 release date anytime soon - but, with Fallout 5 confirmed, we can now at least speculate on its release window. Starfield is due in the first half of 2023, and is naturally Bethesda's current priority. After that, expect the publisher to begin ramping up hype for its next Elder Scrolls outing, The Elder Scrolls 6. As of summer 2022, the latter is still in its pre-production phase, therefore it too is likely some ways away from anything concrete in release date terms. 

Fallout 5 platforms

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Previous iterations of Fallout have landed on PC, Xbox and PlayStation consoles across the board, with Fallout 4 being treated to a standalone VR version for the HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index. Whether or not this broad support will apply to Fallout 5 in the long term remains to be seen, but should it follow in the footsteps of its immediate forerunners - Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 - it'll first arrive on Game Pass, Xbox Series X and PC. 

Fallout 5 development

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In late 2021, director and executive producer Todd Howard said Bethesda has a "one-pager" for Fallout 5, but it's still a while off. It wasn't much, but it was enough to set rumor mill alight, with series fans speculating en masse about Fallout 5's potential setting, story and gameplay features. 

In conversation with IGN during E3 2022, Howard said: "Yes, Elder Scrolls 6 is in pre-production and, you know, we’re going to be doing Fallout 5 after that, so our slate’s pretty full going forward for a while. We have some other projects that we look at from time to time as well... [these games] do take a while. I wish they came out faster, I really do, we’re trying as hard as we can, but we want them to be as best as they can be for everybody." 


Everything we'd love to see in Fallout 5 

Okay, so everything above is what we know about Fallout 5 at this stage. Everything below is what we want from Bethesda's next foray into the post-apocalypse - all informed by what we feel worked best in previous games, as well as some new additions we think would fit well with the tone and context of the games to this point.  

1. Bring back the Karma system

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The Karma system has been a mainstay feature in the Fallout series since Fallout 1, but it was one element that didn’t make its way into Fallout 4. The karma system really makes you feel like your choices actually have an effect on the world around you. If you go about murdering everyone, you’ll get yourself a nasty reputation and people will view and treat you differently as a result. It helps to add a deeper level of immersion to the RPG aspect of the series, and makes you think twice about the choices you run with. Without Karma, it felt like every choice you made in Fallout 4 only served to change the way your companions view you, which felt a little hollow in comparison. 

2.  Keep multiplayer out and bring co-op in

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Fallout 76 does have some things going for it, but if it's taught us anything it's that multiplayer isn’t always the answer. The Fallout series has always been a strong single-player offering, and with so many multiplayer games finding their way onto the market, it’s hard not to hope Fallout stays true to its roots. Since Howard has already said (opens in new tab) it will likely be single-player focused, we shouldn’t have to worry too much, but it would be great to see co-op play introduced alongside single-player a la Dark Souls 3. 

3. A polished and more refined building system 

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Building settlements in Fallout 4 was a great new feature that finally gave all that junk you find lying around a purpose, but it’d be nice to have this polished and refined so it’s a little less clunky in places - although some of the best Fallout 4 settlements have overcome the quirks. Placing big sheets of metal into just the right spot with a controller could sometimes be a bit of an ordeal. While settlement building is a lot of fun, the mechanics and interface could use some fine-tuning to make it less awkward to control come Fallout 5. 

4. Give us more dialogue options 

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Variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes, so we’re all for more choice in the next Fallout. As fun as the sarcastic option could be, the choice of just four options to reply with sometimes felt a little thin in Fallout 4, and while a similar amount of choice was offered in previous titles, it'd be good to see the next offer up an extra helping. Having more choice can't hurt, and it'll just add to the feeling that you're in control of how you want your character to be. 

5. Give us a whole new setting to explore

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As interesting as the Commonwealth was, we hope Fallout 5 will continue the series trend of introducing us to a new setting. Having a new setting keeps everything feeling fresh and exciting, and it's always interesting to see a new location with Fallout's retro-futuristic flare. From Washington DC in Fallout 3 to New Vegas in Fallout: New Vegas, right up to Boston in Fallout 4, the thought of being able to explore what a new location has to offer makes the thought of the next Fallout all the more enticing. 

Can't wait for the next Fallout? Why not check out our definitive ranking of the best Fallout games of all time? Or check out Games like Fallout Shelter for something more tangential.  

Heather Wald
Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good. 

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