Chris Avellone's Fallout image showing the RPG bible

For those of you that might not be familiar with the genre, Chris Avellone has had a hand in just about every popular RPG in the past two decades: Fallout New Vegas, Fallout 2, Planescape Torment, Tides of Numenera, Icewind Dale, Knights of the Old Republic 2, Neverwinter Nights 2, and even Divinity: Original Sin 2. With that in mind, I hope you can now understand just how intriguing it is to hear that Chris Avellone might be teasing some sort of Fallout game!

All of this began last week when Avellone posted a fairly innocent image (pictured above) celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Fallout series. What really gave rise to the rampant rumors was Avellone's post a few days later - a hand-drawn image of him hugging the Vault Boy alongside the "I missed you so much" quote. There isn't much else to it, but if you're interested you'll find the drawing right below:

Chris Avellone drawing of him hugging the Vault Boy

This could easily be nothing more than a small little homage to the Fallout series, so I'd recommend taking everything you see and hear about this with a few grains of salt. That said, the idea of Avellone working on a new Fallout game is quite the exciting one! While Fallout 4 has definitely improved in terms of gameplay, its also one of the most terribly written RPGs I've had the pleasure of playing in the past few years, so adding someone like Avellone to the team would be a great boon for both Bethesda and the players.

However, without any evidence or actual comments from Avellone I think its best to stay cautiously optimistic about this whole situation. No need to get overly excited about a game that might never even have been planned, let alone in development. 

While we all wait for Avellone to either confirm or deny these rumors, I would suggest you give the recently released Divinity: Original Sin 2 a try. Its one of the best turn-based RPGs I've played in recent years, and while it might not be Fallout 2 it still scratches the same sort of itch in terms of exploration and combat. Give it a look, even if you decide to wait a few months for it to go down in price.