When we last heard of Fallout 5, it was just a “one-pager” idea at Bethesda which might or might not come to fruition; however, studio director Todd Howard has now confirmed that a new mainline entry in the beloved Fallout series is definitely happening, but won’t release until after The Elder Scrolls 6.

In an interview with IGN, Howard revealed that The Elder Scrolls 6 is now in pre-production (confirming prior rumors about the project’s status), before adding, “And, you know, we’ll be doing Fallout 5 after that, so our calendar will be very full for a while. We also have a few additional projects that we look at from time to time.”

In other words, with Bethesda’s next big title, sci-fi RPG Starfield delayed until next year and no word on a likely release window for The Elder Scrolls 6 – despite the game receiving its first official tease back in 2018 – it appears that Fallout 5 will be delayed for an exceptionally long time.

There’s plenty more Bethesda discussion in IGN’s interview with Howard, though, obviously, Starfield is the main focus. Howard, for example, revealed that the game’s main mission will take 30-40 hours to complete, and that, while having 1,000 explorable, randomly generated planets, Starfield will have more handcrafted material than any prior Bethesda game. This will feature four major cities, with New Atlantis being the largest metropolis ever built by the developer.

Howard’s news spree follows the pattern of ever-loosening lips about Starfield, which was revealed during this weekend’s Xbox Showcase. For example, shortly after that reveal, Bethesda announced that Starfield’s speech exchanges will be shown in first-person throughout and that the main character will not be voiced.

Starfield is scheduled to launch early next year.

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