We can understand why Microsoft would want to gain the unannounced Fallout 4 game as an exclusive for Xbox One, and this would follow a pattern the company is known for by using its large cash reserves to purchase exclusive games and timed exclusives for DLC.
Fallout 4 on PS4 to stop financial suicide – the opinion of most gamers is pretty clear since hearing the exclusive rumors, and that’s the idea of limiting Fallout 4 to one system would be financial suicide for Bethesda. This viewpoint could be challenged once you take into account the amount of money Microsoft would need to pay, but in our opinion it won’t happen and you’ll almost certainly see Fallout 4 launch on both PS4 and Xbox One.
Pete Hines recently commented on development for both the Xbox One and PS4, and he explained both have “been great to work with and develop for”. It is not clear what games are being developed for next-gen and if this would include Fallout 4, but considering the time since the last game in this franchise you can almost guarantee it.
Fallout 4 gamer feedback in relation to systems – we’ve heard a lot of support for seeing Fallout 4 release within the next year, and there’s bad feeling towards any exclusive deal being done. One gamer stated, “I hope it releases on PS4, I would take a week off work for that”.
Another commenter said, “I doubt they’d make Fallout 4 an exclusive for Xbox One, especially since the systems will be easier to develop for than the old systems”. Another PS3 users said, “Bethesda won’t want to further alienate their PlayStation fan base”.
Do you believe Bethesda would limit their Fallout 4 audience to one system? We also need to take into account the early PS4 and Xbox One high price points, which would mean a lot of gamers would stay on PS3 and Xbox 360. This further highlights the need for Fallout 4 on current generation systems as well.
We also previously looked at the likely time from Fallout 4 announcement to release date, and this should be around a year with a launch expected in 2014. We’ve seen a few blogs spinning the idea of a release in 2015, but this is something we highly doubt.