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Bethesda Game Studios Unlikely To Outsource Development In Future

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With the re-invigoration of the Fallout series coming via Fallout 76, studio Director Todd Howard has been steadfast in calming rumours that Bethesda Game Studios will not outsource the development of potential future spin-offs.

Fallout: New Vegas, developed by Obsidian Entertainment, was a critical success, with the project being warmly received by modern Fallout fans. With the relatively quick turnaround for 76, fans began to speculate whether Bethesda would follow a similar pattern for the next series instalment, which Howard denied:

“I wouldn’t say never. [But] now that our company is so big, it’s always better to keep stuff internal […] it becomes less likely, but I could never say never. I thought the Obsidian guys did a fabulous job.”

With Bethesda’s titanic scale and developmental depth, the studio is unlikely to outsource any work for major projects. Compared to 2010, when New Vegas released, the studio is much larger, which mitigates the need of outside influence.

Howard also brought up and denied the possibility of a Fallout 1 remaster. In Howard’s view, as long as the original source material is still playable on modern devices, revision serves little purpose.

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Report: Game of Thrones Creator Collaborating With FromSoftware

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The writer of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series behind the popular television show Game of Thrones, has reportedly been consulting on a FromSoftware title.

In a blog post on his official website, George R. R. Martin stated that he has “consulted on a video game out of Japan.”

Gematsu has reported that a contact familiar with FromSoftware—the Japanese development studio known for Dark SoulsBloodborne, and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice—has shared that Martin is working with the studio on a project known internally as “GR.”

According to Gematsu‘s contact, the project, which has been in development for three years, is an open-world game and will feature horse riding. The player will be able to visit several kingdoms and obtain abilities by killing their leaders. Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of some of FromSoftware’s most acclaimed titles, is reportedly working on the game.

Gematsu reports that the title will be officially announced at Microsoft’s E3 press conference later this year.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in March about a rumour regarding a potential collaboration between Martin and FromSoftware, so this recent report gives even more validity to the speculation. However, without any official word, the news should be taken with a grain of salt.

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