Those out there who love their Fallout and Elder Scrolls games know that when one title comes to an end, it's time to start looking to the next. Now, with the newest one complete on its DLC run, it's time to start looking at the next one in earnest. Hints and teasers have begun to slip out, but now there's a little something extra: a job posting.
The skinny, basically, is that a recent job posting got spotted regarding a "future generation console programmer". Sounds reasonable, but the full story, as ever, is a bit more interesting. See, the position is looking for programmers who are working on "an unannounced game on future-generation consoles". Again, not so much a big deal; we've all kind of known for some time now that the next round of consoles was on the way. Some expect them to make an appearance before E3, and if not, then at least at the big event.
The requirements make an even better case: five years minimum of game development with shipped titles, extensive experience programming for Xbox 360 and PS3, and experience with DirectX 11, among others. All this smacks of a game that's to be released with the next round of consoles from Microsoft
But here's the kicker: the ad mentions "experience playing Bethesda Game Studios
games a plus." While Bethesda has published games like "Dishonored" through other companies like Arkane Studios
, Bethesda Game Studios has been responsible for, essentially, two things in the last ten years: the "Fallout" series and the "Elder Scrolls" series.
The question here becomes: what are they working on? They've already released the complete run on "Skyrim," so why bring out another in the "Elder Scrolls" lineup? We haven't seen anything out of "Fallout" since our last trip through the Mojave, so it would make some sense that our next big adventure will be through the "Fallout" universe. With Three Dog--or at least his voice actor--telling us that something's going on in the field, well, that's getting a little extra wonder behind it.
The idea of "Fallout 4" as a launch title...well...that's more than a lot of people dared to dream. But it's very possible, especially given the current projected timing of events, that by the time these devices get on the market, we could see a new title in the works. With the unveilings set to happen in the next several months ahead of likely launches in time for Christmas, it is possible that "Fallout 4" could be ready.
It's strictly speculation, of course, which means we may not actually see "Fallout 4" hit. It's possible that they could be working on a whole new property. Maybe they're working on a console version of the Elder Scrolls RPG. But whatever it is, we know they're working on it, and that's likely to mean a more complete picture very soon.