Senior Bethesda Softworks Developer and ‘Fallout 76’ Lead Designer Ferret Baudoin Dies Suddenly

by J Pelkey
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Bethesda Softworks senior designer Ferret Baudoin, who worked as lead designer on Fallout 76, has died. A tribute page on Facebook said he “passed suddenly” on October 15, “surrounded by his family and friends.”

“On October 15, 2022, legendary game designer Ferret Baudoin passed,” a post in the group reads. “He is surrounded by his family and friends. He loved real life as much as games. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, and son.”

News of Baudoin’s death was shared on Twitter by former Fallout 76 project lead Jeff Gardiner, who described Baudoin as “an eternal optimist and dear friend,” and a deeply dedicated RPG fan.

Bethesda Game Studios design director Emil Pagliarulo also paid tribute on Twitter, saying that Baudoin was “unstoppably creative, always inspired, and he worked hard because to Ferret, it wasn’t work. He LOVED making games”.

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Tributes to Baudoin are also being paid by gamers in Fallout 76, while an in-person tribute will take place during a Fallout 25th anniversary cosplay gathering on October 22. The event will include charity walks in four cities to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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