The next big Fallout game, Fallout: New Vegas will be out for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sometime in Q3 2010, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today. A new trailer accompanied the news, which raises questions about Bethesda's other projects.
Fallout New Vegas was announced by Bethesda last year. The game is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment, a studio comprised of many developers who worked on earlier Fallout games.
There's little we know yet about the plot of the new game. The trailer only sets the mood, depicting Las Vegas at night and ending with the line familiar to Fallout players: "War never changes." The Fallout universe is set in the future, in a post-apocalyptic United States.
Notable in this trailer is the appearance of a man in armour with a flag from California. While Fallout 3 took place in and around Washington, DC, the classic PC Fallout games took place on the West Coast.
The trailer does not reveal anything about the gameplay, though Bethesda's head of marketing and communications, Pete Hines, told Kotaku last year that New Vegas would be a role-playing game experience. That fits with the expertise of Obsidian Entertainment, which has recently made major role-playing games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II and the forthcoming espionage RPG Alpha Protocol. Last April, Hines said the game was not technically a sequel to Fallout 3 but should be seen as another story in the Fallout universe.
Fallout: New Vegas is not being made by Bethesda's in-house team, led by designer Todd Howard. That group, which has worked on one big game at a time, from Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in 2006 to Fallout 3 in 2008 appeared to be on an every-other-year pace for game releases. The Fallout: New Vegas announcement, however, would appear to leave Bethesda less room to launch a second major game in the fall, something the company hasn't done before.