|For the 2010 game by Obsidian Entertainment, see Fallout: New Vegas.|
Fallout 4 (conjectural title) is an upcoming game planned to be published by Bethesda Softworks.
Not much is known about the setting of Fallout 4 so far. When asked to give hints as to the setting of the next Fallout game, Jason Bergman said (translated from Norwegian), "You'll get no tips from me. But the Mojave Wasteland was a fun place to explore, wasn't it?". According to unconfirmed rumors, the setting might include the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Institute. This was later reported to be a hoax.
 Past attempts
Black Isle Studios also planned to make a Fallout 4 after their Fallout 3 (Van Buren) project was finished, but it was cancelled and the rights to the franchise were sold. Nothing is known about this earlier version of Fallout 4, except that Caesar's Legion was to play a big part in it.
 Bethesda Softworks
Initially, in 2004, Bethesda licensed from Interplay the rights to create and publish three Fallout games (Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4). Later, in 2007, Bethesda purchased the entire franchise, and Interplay licensed back from Bethesda the rights to a Fallout MMORPG. There was a legal dispute in which Interplay claimed that Bethesda breached their contract regarding Fallout Online, and so their later contract is null and void. If Interplay's counter-claim was successful, the companies would have reverted to their previous contract, whereby Bethesda only had the rights to publish one more Fallout game - Fallout 4. However, Bethesda and Interplay finally settled out of court.
In 2008, Bethesda's Pete Hines said: "The whole reason we went out and acquired the license and that we now own Fallout is that we clearly intended to make more than one". He also added: "This is not something we're going to do once and then go away and never do it again. When that will be or how long that will be God only knows, but we acquired it specifically because we wanted to own it and develop it and work on it like we do with The Elder Scrolls".
As of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda has retired Gamebryo in favor of the new Creation engine, created in-house. It is possible, though unconfirmed, that this engine will also be used for Fallout 4.
In February 2012, Bethesda Softworks announced that it is looking for programmers for its next-generation console game, which might be Fallout 4.
In January 2013, Erik Todd Dellums, the actor who voiced Three Dog in Fallout 3, tweeted that the character may soon return, and later clarified that he was given official permission to post the tease. Although in July of the same year, Dellums tweeted that the game he is working on is not being produced by Bethesda Softworks, thus it was not the anticipated Fallout title.
 Release date
In August 2010, Todd Howard revealed in an interview with Eurogamer that Bethesda was working on two projects; one had been in development for 2 years (beginning after Fallout 3 was released), and the other was still in pre-production. It's now known that the title farther along in development was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. There is still no confirmation on what the second game is, but it is probably The Elder Scrolls Online, which was announced in June 10th, 2013.
 See also
- Hinter om neste «Fallout»? - FALLOUT: NEW VEGAS
- Rumor: Fallout 4 to take place in Boston?
- Fallout 4 Planned News
- The Technology Behind The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Xbox 360 - www.GameInformer.com
- Bethesda looking for Fallout 4 programmers?
- Possible Fallout 4 tease by Erik Todd Dellums
- Bethesda's Todd Howard Interview - Page 1 | Eurogamer.net