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Maybe Fallout: New Vegas is not a direct sequel to the previous Fallout 3.

Fallout 3 wasn't a direct sequel to Fallout 2, either.

It's all about marketing. The higher the number, the harder it is to sell to new customers. New Vegas is the sixth video game based in the Fallout universe. Who'd buy a game called Fallout 6 if they thought they needed to play the first five games to understand the story? I know plenty of people who hesitated to try Fallout 3 back in '08 because they figured they'd have no idea what was going on in the game.

Because its running on the same base engine as Fallout 3. If they had called New Vegas Fallout 4 there would have been a lot of complaining that the graphics are the same and that its just the same game with some minor tweaks to the gameplay. So instead of having people go "Fallout 4? Moar liek Fallout 3.5 am I rite?" they let people know before hand that it is Fallout 3.5

Wrong. Bethesda didn't make Fallout New Vegas, Obsidian Entertainment did. Bethesda only published it. They do have plans to make a Fallout 4. Don't blame Bethesda for some other gaming company's faults.

He was not blaming anyone for anything, its marketing, the publisher has the say to what to name a game anyways. To say the least he was pointing out why Fallout New Vegas was not called Fallout 4, its a different developer, sure, but its the same series and the same publisher, so its still valid as part of the series, its not like New Vegas was made without the concent of Bethesda and was an unauthorized addon or sequel, it was a official Fallout game, different developer, but still and official game, released by the same publishers into the same series.
Or perhaps Fallout:New Vegas sounds better?

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