The Fallout: New Orleans game buzz is rising, as a trademark for the logo has been filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, according to Tweak Town. This isn’t the first time rumors and speculations ensued this possibility. There are numerous articles out there talking about some kind of evidence.
Past Buzz Sets A Precedent
Fallout fan and YouTuber Roshank Redemption gave his speculation back in February regarding the New Orleans content. He referred to time lines between direct sequels and pacifying gamers with wasteland DLC. That’s where Fallout: New Vegas came to light with Obsidian. It was thought to be a great “in-betweener” to keep game players occupied from Fallout 3 to Fallout 4.
Time-Filling DLC Between Direct Sequels
The Roshank Redemption video gave its take regarding the time between release dates from Fallout 4 to Fallout 5. This is just at theoretical time line so don’t take it as gospel, but it does make sense with the Bethesda/Obsidian process.
“Bethesda obtained the rights to another to Fallout game after Fallout 4 which means Fallout 5 is probably coming out at some point. The thing is Fallout 5 is likely not going to drop until the 2020s and considering how busy Bethesda is with The Elder Scrolls 6 as well as Fallout 4 DLC I’d say we could have to wait even more than seven years to get Fallout 5.”
Basically, if it weren’t for this content, there would be a long agonizing waiting period between full-on Fallout game sequels. So it sounds like New Orleans is rumored to be the next “New Vegas” and if so, could be released in 2017.
Theory has it that after all of the Fallout 4 DLC is thought to be concluded after Nuka-World this year, that New Orleans could be next on the list to keep game players appeased until the release of Fallout 5 which is speculated to be released, if at all, in the 2020s.
Keep mind, Bethesda Game director Pete Hines did say that for now it’s not up to him but up to the team whether or not this concludes the DLC for Fallout 4, according an interview with IGN.
“We announced three DLC packs [at E3]. Whether or not we ever do any more is really not up to me, it’s up to the team. We thought the last time that we were done, and this time we very well may be done. But for right now, these are the last three we will be doing, unless the team decides otherwise.”
But if the team decides that Nuka-World concludes the content to Fallout 4, this would run in alignment with the rumors.
If you’re still not convinced of the evidence presented regarding the New Orleans game, consider this.
Back in 2014, a local media outlet at Channel 6’s WDSU reported that Obsidian developer Josh Sawyer was eyeing Crescent City.
“I think going back to the Boneyard, LA, would be pretty cool but another area that I think Nathanial Chapman who used to work at Obsidian, he thought New Orleans would be a really cool setting for a Fallout game and I think that’d be really cool as well.”
Around that time, Sawyer posted some field notes for the state of Louisiana, according to Tweak Town. He captioned it with, “Now is the tyme.”
New Orleans Bayou Environment Could Get Interesting
Considering Fallout 4 took place in the Boston wasteland with quite a few coastal adventures followed by expansions like Far Harbor which made its way to the state of Maine, there could be a trend of interest when it comes to coastal and/or water locations. After all fans mapped out the bottom of the wasteland bay by attempting to discover Easter eggs that anticipated future expansions.
Could this mean a wasteland environment entailing Louisiana’s famous bayous or even exploring the mighty Mississippi River? With real life sizable bottom dwelling catfish, fans could only imagine the size of these monstrosities in the bayou wasteland. So noodling may not be recommended.
So do the Fallout: New Orleans rumors make sense considering a pattern displayed historically with Bethesda and Obsidian? Will the New Vegas designer take action to buddy-up with its past cohort in the future?
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