Bethesda poster boy and all-around cool bloke Todd Howard has admitted the studio is unlikely to outsource development of a new Fallout game, preferring instead to work on them in-house.
Speaking with The Guardian, Howard acknowledged that Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment did a 'fabulous job' on the 2010 post-apocalyptic title, but admitted it's becoming 'less likely' they will hand the reins to another studio again.
'I wouldn't say never,' he said. '[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.'
Bethesda is currently developing ambitious prequel Fallout 76, which also happens to be the company's first online multiplayer title. Here, players will explore and interact with only human-controlled opponents; there's no NPCs dotted throughout the barren wasteland, though Bethesda's doing its best to tackle any pesky griefers.
Fallout 76 is due out for PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on November 14. Meanwhile, fans of Fallout: New Vegas still have plenty to tuck into thanks to a bunch of new mods, such as New California and Atlanta.