It’s rare in gaming that you ever get a lifetime warranty on a game, but Bethesda Softworks is planning to offer the equivalent on Fallout 76. As part of the interview with Metro, Bethesda’s Marketing, Pete Hines, basically declared that the company would support the next chapter of the Fallout series for longer than just a couple years.
GC: Yes it does. Well that’s great to hear. I assume Fallout 76 is the most games as a servicey of the two, so how long do you envisage that lasting?
PH: I’m not being ironic. Like, forever. Because other people have said, ‘Is your timeline two years or five years?’ And I said, ‘Well, they’re still playing Morrowind and you go online and look at how many people are playing Fallout 4 and Skyrim. Those games have been out for four and seven years, and there are literally hundreds of thousands of people playing those games every single day, every single month.
Now as nice of a claim as that is, “forever” is a long time. We’re pretty confident that when we’re in our 50’s, people won’t still be playing Fallout 76 online. Hell, there’s no way to know if Bethesda will still be a company and if console gaming will still exist as we know it. Eventually, people will lose interest and move on. So as cool as it sounds, telling people that you’ll support a game until the end of time… maybe you shouldn’t do that.