With crunch culture gone, Bethesda has nothing to ‘Fallout’ for

Crunch time. It sounds delicious and might make you think of that catchy Nestle Crunch commercial, but developers know that’s not the case. In fact, crunch time – or crunch culture in general – releases zero dopamine. What it does release, is stressamine. Putting in 25 hours a day “because of deadlines” is everybody’s worst nightmare. But Bethesda doesn’t have to worry about this crunch culture anymore. Xboss Matt Booty believes that the reported Fallout 76 crunch is a thing of the past, never to be repeated again.

Yeah… Fallout 76. Now that was a doozy. Not particularly loved by the masses at launch time, Bethesda experienced some dark moments. Not only were the fans unhappy – to say the least – but developers were also buying up any shipment of Xanax after losing sleep over the development. But hey, crunch culture was a thing back then and all part of the job description. At least, that’s what Matt Booty claimed during a Q&A, discussing a Kotaku report on Fallout 76’s crunch.

“Crunch culture is…if you go back 10 years ago, it’s a little unfair to put that on one studio, I don’t say that to justify it, I’m just saying it was part of the culture of the industry. I literally slept under my desk early in my career. And we looked at that like a badge of honor.”

See? Bethesda developers have never been happier with crunch culture gone

But hey, times change. We’re living in the year 2022 now. We no longer have two genders and you can even freely choose which one you identify with. You can even choose custom pronouns, even though the pronouns Nick/her are still questionable. Anywho, what was I saying? Ah, yes, changing times. At Bethesda, time shave changed as well. Now under the protective cloak of Xbox, Bethesda no longer suffers from bullying atmospheres and heavy crunch, according to Booty.

“I know from talking to Bethesda leadership that we do not have a situation where people are crunching and we’ve got this bullying atmosphere… I’m confident about that.”

Well, ain’t that just fine and dandy? Bethesda devs can sit back and relax while developing their hyped-up games. Heck, they can even take the time to go to rehab if they feel like kicking that Xanax addiction. What a time to be a Bethesda developer, am I right?