Bethesda open new Battlecry studio: Fallout Online in the works?

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fallout_3_top.jpgBethesda Softworks have opened a new studio in Austin, Texas, called Battlecry Studios, sparking speculation that the company are finally knuckling down on work for a Fallout Online title.

The flames of speculation have been fuelled by the appointment of Rich Vogel, executive producer on Star: Wars The Old Republic, and a series of job listings from the company searching for developers with expertise in both first-person shooters, MMO titles and the free-to-play business model.

The vacancies for Monetisation Designer, Platform Lead, Lead Designer and Senior Level Designer all hint towards an online Fallout title, especially considering Bethesda’s other lead RPG IP Elder Scrolls is already currently being re-imagined as an MMO.

“I have always admired and respected Bethesda’s approach to making great, original games,” said Vogel.

“It’s a belief and passion I share, and I’m looking forward to building a team of high quality developers who want to bring that same commitment and creative energy to the games we’ll be creating.”

“We are very pleased to have someone with Rich’s vast experience join us at Bethesda,” said Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks.

“Rich has a history of building and managing talented development teams and bringing high quality games to market, and we look forward to working with him on a new exciting project.”

Bethesda’s next big release is this month’s Dishonored. Check out our preview here, and keep an eye on Tech Digest for a full review coming soon.

Gerald Lynch