Fallout 4 on the Xbox 360 and PS3 will not be happening, according to Bethesda’s global community manager. Cross generational games have been straining against the decade-old hardware for the last two years, making the lack of a last-gen version of Fallout 4 not really a surprise. It is simply the confirmation that the grace period of cross generation games for gamers who have yet to adopt the latest consoles is swiftly coming to a close. That grace period will likely be officially over after E3 2015, as the video game industry shows what is possible when the current-gen only consoles are the targets.
The transition to the current generation of consoles is something of an oddity in the industry. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 were such giant leaps forward in power that it was nearly impossible for a game to launch on both consoles and retain feature and gameplay parity. The transition to the current generation of consoles has been kinder to gamers. Many of the big AAA titles have been released on both generations of hardware, with Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare being prime examples.
Technology moves on, and developers do not like being limited by relatively ancient hardware. By throwing off the limitations of the 10-year-old PS3 and Xbox 360, Bethesda is free to design with the extra horsepower. Because they are taking advantage of a current-gen only development, Fallout 4 coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 will not happen. This was made very plain on a recent post on gaming forum site NeoGAF. Bethesda Global Community Manager Matt Grandstaff made it very plain by stating as follows.
“It is not coming to 360 and PS3, the stuff we’re doing will never work there.”
That does not exclude any Fallout title from arriving on the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, however. Assassin’s Creed Rogue was a last-gen only title for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from Ubisoft, which launched the same day as Assassin’s Creed Unity. There are still more Xbox 360s and PS3s in the wild then there are their updated big brothers, so the possibility of a Fallout 4 on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 as a spinoff is a possibility, but don’t count on Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian to be working on such a title. The studio is currently working hard on Armored Warfare, their first MMO for Windows.
Look for more information on Fallout 4 and any potential spinoff for the last-gen consoles at E3, which starts June 16. The Inquisitr has all the information on how to pre-order the game and what perks are available for a pre-order bonus here.
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