The biggest story in gaming this week has got to be Microsoft’s acquisition of video game holding company ZeniMax and Bethesda for a whopping 7.5 billion dollars. This news means that Microsoft is now in charge of video game properties such as the Fallout series and the Elder Scroll series as well as game series’ from ZeniMax’s other owned companies such as Arkane Studios (Prey and Dishonoured) and id Software (Doom, Rage and Quake). With this news comes speculation in regards to one of the most beloved instalments in the Fallout series: Fallout: New Vegas.
Fallout: New Vegas is a spinoff to the main Fallout series that was released a decade ago back in 2010. The game was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and is a huge fan favourite in the Fallout franchise. The games colourful world, charming characters and great storyline made it stand apart from various run of the mill role playing games whilst also staying true to the Fallout universe. So now that Microsoft in is charge, could a New Vegas 2 actually be a possibility?
A sequel to New Vegas could be just what Microsoft needs to broaden their video game horizons. Microsoft already has a host of video game franchises under their belts- such as Halo, Gears of War, Minecraft, Fable and Forza– but most of these don’t fall under the same genre as the Fallout series. The closest would be Fable as it is also a role playing game but both Fallout and Fable are incredibly distinctive and very different from one another in terms of their worlds and themes. A Fallout: New Vegas sequel could be the project to give Microsoft a chance to delve into a massively open world role playing title. Obsidian further helped excitement with their tweet- which I will post below- when queried on the subject. I for one am keeping my fingers firmly crossed for this one. I spent many, many hours on New Vegas back when I was 18 in 2010. I really should have been studying as I was at university at the time but it was the kind of game that just sucks you in with its fun gameplay and engaging narrative. Stay tuned for any news on a possible sequel to Fallout: New Vegas.