At the moment, the internet is being set ablaze by a fresh wave of leaks pouring out from within the FTC vs. Microsoft trial. It may have been wrapped up weeks ago, but the content is still flowing. Most recently, a document was reportedly released that highlighted a ‘Title Release Schedule’, showing a timeline from FY20E to FY24E.
In that timeline, several games are teased, but one of the most important titles of the bunch is simply named ‘Fallout 3 Remaster’. It’s something that has been on the wishlist of millions for years, and if the timeline is anything to go by, Bethesda Game Studios could be working on releasing it by the end of March 2024.
Is Fallout 3 Remastered On The Way?
Now, let’s preface this by stressing that the timeline shown in the leaked document is outdated. It says that Starfield was to be released by FY21E and that The Elder Scrolls VI was due by FY24E – none of which is correct now. So, it has some age on it, but that doesn’t mean it’s inherently wrong.
In the document – which was uploaded to Resetera – there’s a whole host of games and DLCs planned for release, but what stood out to me most prominently was the Fallout 3 Remaster.
It’s almost fifteen years since Fallout 3 was released, which marks a major milestone for any game. It’s widely considered to be the best game of the series, which has been around since the late 1990s. For years, fans have been crying out for a remaster of any retro Fallout title – including New Vegas – but this is the first tidbit of information we’ve seen that suggests something in that vein is actually coming.
It’s not a huge amount to go on – but it’s something. If a Fallout 3 Remaster were to be released – and bundled with all its expansions – it could be enough to placate fans of the legendary post-apocalyptic franchise, especially given Fallout 5 might not surface for another decade.
Unfortunately, if there’s one negative thing to take away from the news, it’s that the document appears to be pre-acquisition (Microsoft x ZeniMax), so since then, BGS’ priorities will have undoubtedly changed somewhat.