Fallout 4 new-gen upgrade leaves players baffled

Fallout 4 new-gen upgrade leaves players baffled
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Written by 

Tom Chapman


3rd Oct 2023 13:04

Do you ever feel like you're lost in a nuclear wasteland, slowly succumbing to radiation sickness? For those who are waiting for Bethesda's supposed new-gen upgrade of Fallout 4, it definitely seems that way. While revamping the 2015 title could be a chart-topping success, the developer is keeping it locked in a vault. 

Despite 2008's Fallout 3 getting the honour of bringing the apocalyptic adventure into the mainstream, that didn't stop Bethesda from upping the ante for Fallout 4. Eight years is more than enough time to warrant an upgrade in the gaming world, meaning a new-gen Fallout 4 could look like a completely different game. 

Where is our new-gen Fallout 4?

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Bethesda announced a new-gen Fallout 4 upgrade for PS5, Xbox Series, and PC in October 2022, pencilling in a very loose release date of 2023. However, as the clock runs down on 2023, there's no sign of our new-gen Fallout 4.

There are likely several factors at play here, and simply, Bethesda has been more than a little busy releasing a little sci-fi game called Starfield. With Starfield being shifted several times from its original release date, it doesn't take a genius to figure out this has probably had a knock-on effect for the new-gen Fallout 4.

The team has had plenty of opportunities to give us an update on where things are up to, however, Bethesda has gone mysteriously quiet. Bethesda's Pete Hines recently clapped back at these complaints and used Starfield as an excuse, but for a growing number of angry players, it's not good enough. 

What's going on with Fallout 5?

The lack of news hasn't gone unnoticed, with an irate Reddit thread asking what happened to the new-gen Fallout 4 upgrade. When the OP asked why we hadn't heard anything since June (when we were told not to expect anything), others soon chimed in. 

One grumbled, "Oh how I wish more big game devs cared to actually listen to their players instead of half assing and following the whim of the wallet," while another added, "I wouldn't even count on them having started yet. There's at least one announced DLC for Starfield plus a bunch of patching to do."

Someone else made a lot of sense when they concluded, "Betting it is being saved for the Fallout tv show and they are hoping for a Witcher 3 or Cyberpunk like feedback loop." Amazon's live-action Fallout series is just over the horizon and is sure to cause an uptick in new players.

For now, Fallout seemingly lies at the back of Bethesda's consciousness. It's all hands on deck for the first Starfield DLC, and after that, it's over to work on The Elder Scrolls 6. We've been warned that while Fallout 5 is out there, it's years away from being released.

In the meantime, recent leaks hinted at a full-blown Fallout 3 remaster. Alongside the new-gen Fallout 4 and our hopes of (somehow) seeing a New Vegas sequel, these titles could fill the achingly long wait until Fallout 5 is released into the Wasteland. 

Tom Chapman
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Tom Chapman
Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.
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