The next Fallout game won't be developed by the same studio as any of its predecessors. In a fun twist of fate, however, it could be the product of some of the original series' creators. As Shacknews reports, Bethesda has enlisted Obsidian Entertainment to develop Fallout: New Vegas.
The game will be an "RPG in the style of Fallout 3," but it won't be a direct sequel—just another title in the same universe. Current plans call for a simultaneous, cross-platform release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 next year.
Obsidian, which is probably best known for Neverwinter Nights 2 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, was founded in 2003 by a handful of former Black Isle Studios staffers—including Fallout 2 designer Feargus Urquhart. Shacknews says Bethesda approached Obsidian about making a new Fallout game and received an enthusiastic response. In an interview with Shacknews, however, Bethesda Marketing VP Pete Hines suggests his company let Obsidian come up with the concept for the actual game.