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Fallout 4 developer may not be Bethesda

It has been a while since we last had any substantial Fallout 4 news to give you, but we could have something very interesting for you to digest this week. It’s not particularly good news though as there are whispers emerging that Bethesda may actually not develop Fallout 4 themselves, instead handing over duties to another team at ZeniMax Studios.

What a turn out this would be if there’s any truth to it. We advise you to take the following information with a pinch of salt though as details are still very thin with no real concrete evidence behind it.

We can tell you though that the latest Fallout 4 rumors are revolving around the fact that the game could be developed by Battlecry Studios. This is a newly setup team by Zenimax Studios, a team that are based in Austin, Texas.

We’ve spotted on Zenimax’s website that the publisher and developer is now hiring for all sorts of new job openings. These include applications for a Lead VFX Artist, a Senior Level Designer, Senior Environment Artist and a Senior Graphics Engineer.

What’s more interesting is the job descriptions behind these listings. You can see these on Zenimax’s website by clicking on the More Info tab beside a job post.

The description under Senior Environment Artist caught our eye the most, as it reads:

“BattleCry Studios, the newest ZeniMax studio in Austin, is seeking a talented Senior Environment Artist to help create high quality environment art for an undisclosed AAA PC and next-generation console game.”

Play close attention to the fact that this is specifically related to a next-gen and PC AAA game. Which other next-gen, PC AAA games do you know that is thought to be in development and will be published by ZeniMax Studios?

Evidence is pointing towards Fallout 4 if you put together the clues, but then again is this the right move after Fallout: New Vegas? Fans will want to see Bethesda and only Bethesda develop Fallout 4, but we don’t know if members of the Fallout 3 team will be working alongside Battlecry Studios.

This is something very interesting to keep an eye on as we wait for further information to unfold. In the meantime, give us your reaction and opinions on this below.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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Neoimperialist
Neoimperialist

I don’t know what possessed Bethesda to give the last project to Obsidian, given their dismal reputation to that point. If Bethesda fobs off this project to an inferior studio again, I’m probably going to be done with the series.

FalloutBoy
FalloutBoy

I just hope this isn’t true because the listings say they are looking for level designers etc, which means development would still be in early stages. I want the next Fallout now…but this year would be bearable. I don’t wanna wait until 2015 🙁

mike hunewskon
mike hunewskon

new vegas was a bag of anal beads compared to fallout 3…bethesda will be developing fallout 4…no way they will be letting an outside studio build a game from the ground up which is what they would need to do for the new generation…new vegas was in the same engine as fallout 3 so really obsidian just built a game with all the components bethesda already created for fallout 3

Kaydan Howison
Kaydan Howison

Fallout: New Vegas was better than Fallout 3. The only reason it’s worse is due to some of the more game hindering bugs which were mostly Bethesda’s fault for rushing them to finish the product in the first place. If anyone should make the next one it should be Obsidian.

Goggalor
Goggalor

“But then again is this the right move after Fallout: New Vegas?” No, no it is not. I want Obsidian to make another Fallout game.

Woodhouse
Woodhouse

Let’s see… Doom 4 is thought to be in development by Zenimax and rumors persist of Quake V as well. Battlecry is finishing up the latest Wolfenstein installment, so they would logically move onto another id Software franchise, as Zenimax bought them out in 2009…

Take 30 seconds to check Wikipedia next time.

Woodhouse
Woodhouse

Bethesda owns the id Software franchises now, so based on the multiplayer qualifications in the listings, it’s likely a new Quake or Doom game

Hexarchy
Hexarchy

First thing, don’t make generalised statements like “Fans will want to
see Bethesda and only Bethesda develop Fallout 4”. Many fans, including
myself, were disappointed in FO3 and view New Vegas as a vastly superior
game, and I hope that Bethesda hands the project over to Obsidian.

Actually, if you looked at the job descriptions, ZeniMax is looking for
“Design, build, and iterate multiplayer map levels”

Multiplayer. Bethesda have always claimed that they won’t create multiplayer as it would detract from the single-player experience. Granted, they could outsource the MP aspect, but even then it seems unlikely.

No
No

WHAT!

Gavin Reese
Gavin Reese

Its more likely that its a new IP completely unrelated to what BGS is doing. Saying its Next-gen AAA doesn’t automatically make it Fallout 4. Also Bethesda had two titles in development prior to announcing Skyrim, the second game most likely being Fallout 4.

Twm
Twm

Mmm no, zenimax has already said that they want to do a fallout new Vegas 2, but they are waiting to see what bathesda has planned, they pretty much said that they are just as excited as the fans for the announcement.

What AAA title? well they did make elder scrolls online, so starting a new company to help with the various add-ones it will no doubtable require might be “the game” they are advertising.

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