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News video games 18 December 2023, 15:32

author: Maciej Gaffke

Years Ago, Obsidian Wanted to Make Fallout: NV Inspired The Elder Scrolls, but Bethesda Refused

Famed designer Chris Avellone recalled the time when Bethesda Softworks rejected the idea of Obsidian Entertainment for spin-offs to The Elder Scrolls series. The smaller games were to serve a similar function as New Vegas between the main Fallout installments.

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

Fans of Fallout and The Elder Scrolls may have recently learned some very interesting things, which were confirmed today by Chris Avellone, that is, the famous game designer who in the past worked on the popular New Vegas, among other games.

Bethesda said "no" to Obsidian

The whole thing is quite old, as it happened more than a decade ago, when Fallout: New Vegas was released, and the iconic The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim had not yet debuted.

  • After a very positive reception of Fallout: New Vegas in 2010, Obsidian Entertainment wanted to follow suit and repeatedly proposed to Bethesda (which owns the rights to the series) to create sequels and spin-offs similar to New Vegas, but this time set in The Elder Scrolls universe.
  • However, Bethesda was not interested in such ideas. This was confirmed by the aforementioned Avellone on social media in response to a text published by 80 Level, written based on his own words from less than two years ago. The developer has now expanded on the topic, revealing additional information.
  • According to Avellone games set in The Elder Scrolls universe developed by Obsidian were to serve the same function as New Vegas vetween the third and fourth installments of Fallout - they would have been smaller spin-offs, not directly related to the main series.

It is unclear why Bethesda rejected the ideas of ambitious developers. Perhaps the giant did not want to allocate additional money to projects set in this world. However, if the concepts had come to fruition, fans of The Elder Scrolls could at least also play the smaller installments in anticipation of the upcoming The Elder Scrolls VI.

Fallout: New Vegas with very good reviews

After more than a decade since its debut on the market New Vegas is surrounded by the love of Fallout fans, and perhaps even a cult following. On Metacritic the average reviewer rating for the title is 84/100 (based on 81 reviews for the Xbox 360 version), while on Steam the game by Obsidian Entertainment is praised by as much as 96% of players, who gave a total of almost 190,000 reviews.

Interestingly, developers of New Vegas are eager to work on a remaster of this classic, about which they not so long ago assured in one of their interviews.

Loyal fans of Fallout are also on the lookout for signs of information about the unannounced (yet?) "New Vegas 2." Their hopes grew in April this year, when on Steam the developers introduced a small change to the files of Fallout 4, which may have hinted at the coming sequel.

Maciej Gaffke

Maciej Gaffke

At, deals with writing news. Graduated in Polish philology and sightseeing and historical tourism at the University of Gdansk, which is related to his other "non-game" interests - history, books, and travel. As for video games themselves - once a fan of FPS, now converted to action-adventure games. Also interested in fighting games (especially Mortal Kombat), RPGs, and all titles focused on single-player. From time to time, likes to play tennis, volleyball, or football. Proud resident of Pomerania and Puck.


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