Fallout 4 On Xbox One Began As A Skyrim Port
This might come as a surprise to you, but Fallout 4 was already in development at Bethesda Game Studios when The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011.
Four years later sees the release of Fallout 4, and we’re finding out some fascinating things about its development. For example: Did you know that Fallout 4 originally began its life as a space simulator in which you explored asteroid belts looking for the tears of Tumblr kids? Okay I may have made that one up…
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Bethesda’s two sprawling RPG franchises, Fallout and The Elder Scrolls, need no introduction to gamers. The Elder Scrolls has had launch-window releases in Morrowind and Oblivion, while the latter Skyrim to this day continues to be played and adored. Meanwhile, Fallout 3 released with a brand new perspective on the world and it shone… bright, like a mushroom cloud. Naturally then, Microsoft and Sony worked closely with Bethesda ahead of reveals of both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. But Bethesda were in no rush — are they ever? — to release their next RPG, so instead of being a launch title, Fallout 4 waited. Calmly, patiently, until the time was right.
And boy did they time it.
Interestingly, while talking about the game’s early development, Todd Howard explained: “The first thing we did was port Skyrim to Xbox One,” and before you ask what I inevitably would have asked, “Don’t get your hopes up yet.”
Before Bethesda would put Fallout 4 on the new consoles, though they had been working on it with that intention, they wanted to learn as much as they could about what was possible and what could be achieved on the new generation. So they just ported over Skyrim, and gathered as much data as possible. That data was then turned into useful information that allowed the development of Fallout 4 on new consoles to finally happen.
As for whether Skyrim will ever release on the new consoles? I think we all know the answer to that question is “not likely” but at the very least, the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 comes with Fallout 3 via the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility feature. So that’s kinda neat…
Let us know in the comments if you’d like a Skyrim release on the new generation, and if you’ve got your preorder for Fallout 4 locked and loaded.