Fallout 4 development, Obsidian vs. Bethesda

By Daniel Chubb - May 5, 2013

There is no doubt that the majority of gamers waiting to see Fallout 4 confirmed with an announcement know what developer they want building this game, which of course would be Bethesda. This is exactly why a rumor that landed just a couple of days ago upset a few Fallout fans when it highlighted a tiny chance of another developer.

Obsidian Entertainment make great games and while a recent job listing points to a unique next-gen game, it wouldn’t be good enough for a lot of gamers if that game ended up being Fallout 4. The job is for a top-level designer and game details will obviously be kept secret, so we don’t know if it will be for the PS4, Next Xbox or both.


Fallout 4 development, Obsidian vs. Bethesda – We have no doubt that this next-gen title by Obsidian will be a great game, they have a good track record in our opinion, but Fallout 4 must be developed by Bethesda.

The NV test had been put in place for a number of reasons, which included seeing how it panned out and also considering their legal problems at the time. Since then Bethesda has made it clear they want to make their main games for the big franchises.

Bethesda not loved by all – we spent well over 800 hours in Skyrim and loved every minute, even if a few hundred hours included issues with the PS3 system before a patch fixed the bugs. While we love what Bethesda did with Skyrim, it is true that some gamers started to hate the developer after the problems they had on PS3, so could we really see some of these people wanting Obsidian Entertainment rather than Bethesda for Fallout 4?

Take a look at the job listing above and let us know what you think about the developer abilities for both Obsidian and Bethesda, if you could choose who would you have develop Fallout 4? We have also seen some interesting ideas for Fallout 4 vehicles in another article.

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  • toxic

    They need to put it back in Bethesda and Zenimax’s hands. They are on the leading edge of open-world rpg and thats wat fallout has turned into and ob. really dropped the ball on New Vegas.

  • westoftherockies1023

    well new vegas sucked, no good exploration, the desertsetting was bland, most of the locations were a shack or a few tents, nothing spawned randomly, no factions patrolled the map, the gameworld itself wasn’t dynamic and it was just boring to explore…nothing to get lost in like in FO3..you had all sorts of cool locations in FO3, the mall, seward square, Georgetown, la Enfant plaza, both sides of the capitol building inside and out, lots of good quests like reileys rangers, waters of life, getting the geck…tons of large secret bases and buildings..obsidian won’t be making fallout 4…that’s Bethesda game studios all the way.

  • Axl

    Obsidian! New Vegas was a real Fallout, Fallout 3 was technically OK,
    but it didn’t have the spirit too much. Skyrim is great, but it’s not the same kind of universe.
    so yeah, Obsidian is the answer to do an awesome Fallout 4.

  • Jerry Fish-Stabber

    Seeing as how Fallout 3 and New Vegas are BOTH two of my favorite games of all time, I would prefer that Bethesda Game Studios (By the way it should called that instead of just Bethesda, since Bethesda Softworks and Bethesda Game Studios are two completely different things.) make Fallout 4. Now hold on there skippy, I would also like it Obsidian were to make more Fallout spin offs like New Vegas. Fallout 3, and New Vegas were two very different games, and I loved them both equally, so it’d be great if they could continue on both sides.

  • harrison

    if it was up to me i would get them to work together but either way both would make a good game

  • harrison

    i dont get why people dont like obsidian because the only things i didnt like about NV was the idea of the securitrons and ive played it on both xbox and ps3 and i have only had minor bugs which werent that big of a deal

  • wise guy

    well if Obsidian makes Fallout 4
    and thats IF they do.
    i Will not get Fallout 4

  • TalkTo_Chuck

    Bethesda hands down. Fallout 3 was great.
    Whoever develops… I hope they took most of their notes from Fallout 3.

  • Ben

    I enjoyed both FO3 and FO:NV. However, what was the point in acquiring the fallout license if Bethesda were not going to make the FO games? Both did a good with their title but I’m leaning towars Bethesda.

  • Bumbles

    Obsidian makes horrible games. I love the first 2 Fallout games but hated New Vegas with a passion. If they do somehow end up making Fallout 4… I will have no issue saying goodbye to the series. Bethesda did something special with Fallout 3 and I truly hope they are the ones developing the next game. Besides, isn’t Obsidian working on that Kickstarter project? Or were gamers smart and decided against funding them.

  • Sam

    You have to remember it was the PS3’s shared memory that caused Skyrim issues. Won’t be a problem for PS4.

  • deathion

    they should work with each other

  • TEA

    new gamers would go bethesda old fans of the series would want obsidian. no doubt both would make a great game

  • Scott

    I honestly don’t mind which of the two develops Fallout 4. New Vegas and 3 were both great games and they didn’t seem to be too different to each other like what happens usually