One of the most important things you can do when it comes to fandom is to take a step back and examine whether this thing you're into is even worth the headache anymore; to figure out whether you're getting more joy than frustration from your obsessions. With the outrage from Fallout 1st exploding, I'm putting it out there that maybe it's a good idea to take a break from the franchise for your mental health, maybe wait until things blow over.
There's just not a lot to be happy about with Fallout anymore. Consider:
If you're one of those guys who thinks Fallout 4 is the devil, then the last classic Fallout game was New Vegas, which was almost a decade ago.
If, like me, you liked Fallout 4 overall, it's still a five year old game with not much support left beyond the Creation Club and the modding scene.
Fallout 76 has been an exercise in schadenfreude, and with Fallout 1st, it looks as though it's never gonna redeem itself.
And then there's the future to think about.
Assuming Bethesda doesn't do another New Vegas and farm out the IP to another developer who can make a good product, then Fallout is in the very back of their development queue. Starfield's their current priority, and that's gotta be 1 or 2 years out still. Elder Scrolls 6 is next; that's another couple of years. At this current rate, Fallout 5 won't release until the mid-to-late 2020s.
That's bonkers to think about, especially if you're a console gamer. Fallout 5 is gonna be a late stage PS5 game, or maybe even a PS6 launch title! That's assuming the franchise isn't abandoned, or that this hypothetical game is even going to be worth playing should Bethesda not pull itself together.
What I'm getting at is this: most of the past year's top posts on this subreddit are pretty negative. You got complaints about Fallout 76, you got complaints about all the irritating things in Fallout 4's game design, and you got complaints about inconsistent lore. I ain't telling people to shut up about those complaints, because they're all fairly valid, but you have to ask yourself: is this really worth putting up with? If it's been like this over the last year, do you want to hang out here for however many years it takes for Fallout 5 to make a sea change, if that even happens?
I don't think Fallout's dead, but I think once FO76 dies, it's going to enter a long and turbulent sleep. Things are pretty bad, and it's gonna be a while before there's even going to be a chance of things getting better. (Hell, I think it's more likely that Bethesda is gonna put out a Fallout version of Elder Scrolls Blades, before they put out a AAA mainline game again.)
If you still get more enjoyment than anger from Fallout, keep on trucking. If not, feel free to take a break. Play other games, play the older games if you want. Step back and disengage. Either Bethesda notices they've done wrong, they change their ways, and you can come back and enjoy yourself; or they never change, in which case you're best off stepping away sooner rather than later. You do you.
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