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Fallout: New Vegas will release November 16, 2010 and will pick up where Fallout 3 left off. Gameplay will be similar, but is being tweaked by the new developers -- Obsidian -- many of which worked on the original Fallout game.  (Source: IGN Video)

VATS will make a reappearance, but free shooting is reportedly much improved.  (Source: The Escapist)

You even get a solar cannon.  (Source: IGN Video)

A collector's edition package has just been announced.  (Source:
Get ready to get your post-apocalyptic groove on in the ruins of Las Vegas

Many were skeptical when Bethesda Software, makers of The Elder Scrolls series announced that they had bought rights to the Fallout series of video games, originally developed by Interplay and planned to bring the series into the 3D-era.  That skepticism was quickly erased for most when Bethesda delivered a hard hitting title true to the classic Fallout feel.

In its first week the game, Fallout 3, moved 4.7 million units (for a total of over $300M USD in sales) and went on to receive Game of the Year honors from IGN, Games Radar, GameSpy, UGO, Gamasutra, and the Golden Joystick Awards. 

Now Bethesda is preparing to pass the retro-post-apocalyptia legacy on to Obsidian Entertainment, a company led by Feargus Urquhart and Chris Avellone, two of the makers of Fallout 2 (originally at Black Isle Studios).  The project is headed by J.E. Sawyer, one of the lead designers of Fallout: Van Buren -- what would have been Fallout 3, were it not for a cancellation by Interplay due to financial issues.  Many other former developers from the Fallout Interplay team are also working on the project.

The new title will be called Fallout: New Vegas and will be set in the ruins of Las Vegas, a location alluded to in Fallout 2.  The game is currently among the top pre-orders at Gamestop and other retailers.

The first video of gameplay and extensive interviews on the upcoming title have just aired and it looks to be an awesome experience for fans.  The video, courtesy of IGN shows a game that closely resembles Fallout 3 (Obsidian Entertainment is using Bethesda's art assets, gameplay code, and the Gamebryo engine), but with improved dialogue trees and with new weapons like a grenade machine gun and orbital solar cannon (no joke).

In an interview with The Escapist, Sawyer and others showed off a variety of in game locations including the "towns of Good Springs, Primm, Novak (the home of Dinky the Dinosaur), the super mutant encampment at Black Mountain, the military/scientific installation Helios 1, Camp McCarran, site of the real-world Las Vegas airport and the city itself, New Vegas." 

According to the developers, you will be able to see the city of New Vegas from almost anywhere in the game -- if you have a good enough graphics card to support the incredibly long maximum draw distance, that is.  According to the interview VATS is retained in all its glory, but free aim is being improved to be more responsive.  Familiar friends and foes from past titles, including Caesar's Legion and the New California Republic (NCR), will reappear in the new title.

A Vegas-themed Collector's Edition of the game has been announced.  It will come with Fallout-themed Lucky 7 poker chips, playing cards, a "recreation of the game’s highly coveted Lucky 38 platinum chip", a hardcover graphic novel written by the game’s creative director Chris Avellone and published by Dark Horse Comics telling the events leading up to the game, and a Making of Fallout: New Vegas DVD.

Fallout: New Vegas is available for $49.99 for the PC, and for $59.99 for the Xbox 360 and PS3.  The Collector's Edition retails for $69.99 on the PC and $79.99 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

And appears to have at last revealed the official launch date -- November 16, 2010.  The game is published by Bethesda.

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By KingOfOldSkool on 6/6/2010 12:43:24 PM , Rating: 2
Obsidian + Fallout 3 engine = match made in game heaven. Orbital solar cannons FTW

RE: Epic
By aegisofrime on 6/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: Epic
By poohbear on 6/7/2010 1:00:59 AM , Rating: 2
to each his own i guess. from the sales figures ALOT of people would disagree w/ u. I dont think it was puke-inducing crap at all, it was entertaining to say the least, maybe not "game of the year" as some publications put it, but worth the cash i paid for it (but it on sale for $25 on Steam).

RE: Epic
By Holly on 6/7/2010 2:41:12 AM , Rating: 2
Well, in my point of view Fallout 3 wasn't a bad game, but it was way too much biased towards FPS and had way too few dialogs (especially with datadisks included).

If I had to compare with F1/F2 Fallout3 would be a huge disappointment for me. It lost so much compared to those original Black Isle games.

RE: Epic
By SPOOFE on 6/7/2010 2:49:42 PM , Rating: 2
I sure hope they could do justice

Like Fallout 2? You want a game that's incomplete, rushed, lacking in end-game content, full of more bugs than its predecessor, and doesn't even include all the areas of the game world in the game itself?

Let's take off the rose-colored glasses: F1 was great, and F2 had a whole lot of awesome going for it, but there were flaws to be found even there. I found F3 to be quite the worthy successor, especially in relation to some other Fallout games out there (Tactics and Brotherhood Of Steel, anyone?).

RE: Epic
By DopeFishhh on 6/7/2010 4:55:11 AM , Rating: 1
The fallout 3/oblivion/morrowind engine (gamebyro) is rather poor compared to many other engines. The graphics are outdated, runs like a pig and the scripting language is very limited and hence modding opportunities are limited. Bizarrely a relatively huge amount of mod content has been made for it.

After oblivion I adopted a wait and see approach to bethesdas games though, specifically wait until the mod community fixes the game for them then get it.

and where the hell is my oblivion/fallout 3 multiplayer at?

RE: Epic
By Digimonkey on 6/7/2010 8:54:31 AM , Rating: 3
I'll admit that some engines are more versatile for modders than the gamebyro engine, but Bethesda puts out great tools for modding and really supports the modding community, hence why it's so big.

I think they are aware of how much value is added to their games because of the mod community, and I hope they never forget it.

RE: Epic
By Iaiken on 6/7/2010 9:52:41 AM , Rating: 2
I think they are aware of how much value is added to their PC games because of the mod community, and I hope they never forget it.


RE: Epic
By SPOOFE on 6/7/2010 2:52:14 PM , Rating: 2
and where the hell is my oblivion/fallout 3 multiplayer at?

Perpetually nonexistent, hopefully. If you can't find a good multiplayer game then you might as well give up gaming right now. I, for one, am thrilled that Bethesda has focused on single-player experiences, and it's one of my favorite aspects of the company and their products.

RE: Epic
By DopeFishhh on 6/8/2010 4:53:53 AM , Rating: 2
multiplayer and singleplayer experiences aren't mutually exclusive. I'm talking about how nwn did multiplayer, ie 2-4 players cruising through a campaign, can have some GREAT experiences with that.

Price games.
By Mr Perfect on 6/6/2010 4:23:23 PM , Rating: 3
Fallout: New Vegas is available for $50 for the PC, and for $60 for the Xbox 360 and PS3. The Collector's Edition retails for $70 on the PC and $80 for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Fixed that for you.

Definitely looking forward to this on the PC. November is going to be a long wait though.

RE: Price games.
By Pirks on 6/6/2010 7:57:41 PM , Rating: 1
I'd buy it right there in collectors form but only if they replaced crappy f3 music with a real groovy one from f1 and f2. No original music? No buys from me. Original Fallout and Fallout 2 music was number one attraction for me, nothing beats it, period. I have it on my mp3 player and relive the experience of walking the scorched radiated desert every time I hear it, ESPECIALLY the music from Golgotha area, nothing comes close besides maybe a few Reznor's tracks from Quake. This is it, they lost everything when they replaced that magic music with some unrelated symphonic crap

*sighs and cries*

RE: Price games.
By Lastfreethinker on 6/7/2010 1:41:50 AM , Rating: 2 has fallout 1 and 2 for 5.99 each.

This is what comes with Fallout 1, and Fallout 2 is pretty much the exact same.

Manual, hi-res wallpaper, Fallout series wallpaper, Fallout Bible, reference card, in-game soundtrack, original soundtrack, artworks, avatars, PipBoy avatars. Yeah the manual and stuff is PDF but so what.

RE: Price games.
By rburnham on 6/7/2010 12:40:21 PM , Rating: 2
You would pass over a great game... because you didn't like the music? That makes no sense. That's like saying you would not want to bang a really hot woman because she was wearing the wrong hat.

RE: Price games.
By afkrotch on 6/7/2010 10:07:18 PM , Rating: 3
Not like you can't turn off the BGM and just play the other BGM in like Winamp in the background. I usually turn off all music and play my own. I only want the sound effects.

RE: Price games.
By StevoLincolnite on 6/7/2010 12:29:51 AM , Rating: 2
Also can't forget this!

Obsidian Entertainment is using Bethesda's engine

That would be the "Gamebryo Engine", not "Bethesda's Engine".

I can't wait either to sink my teeth into this game, also looking forward to: Halo Reach, Fable 3, Crysis 2 and StarCraft 2 this year. :)

RE: Price games.
By Pirks on 6/7/2010 8:03:42 AM , Rating: 2
hehehe, keep dreaming about halo pc port, keep dreaming :))) hehee

RE: Price games.
By StevoLincolnite on 6/7/2010 11:48:46 AM , Rating: 2
Don't need to dream about a port, I do have an Xbox 360, PS3 and a Wii at my disposal to. :)

Normal Shooting
By Chaosforce on 6/6/2010 6:18:20 PM , Rating: 3
Dont get me started on how much i hated shooting things in that game.

RE: Normal Shooting
By afkrotch on 6/7/2010 10:26:15 PM , Rating: 2
You mean, if you shot normally, you'd miss all the time. Instead, you were stuck with a retarded VAC system. Ya, I quit after about 2 hours of playing.

If I hate the controls, I eventually, just stop playing the game.

Van Buren
By kake on 6/7/2010 4:43:38 AM , Rating: 2
I'm interested in what people thought of Van Buren versus what Fallout 3 actually ended up being. The radically different visions I thought showed some significant changes in the way the game designers (yes, the were different designers) envisioned the world space.

RE: Van Buren
By geddarkstorm on 6/7/2010 2:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
Now that we have a few of the original designers back in the action, maybe this new fallout will incorporate some of the Van Buren materials.

hoping for the best
By jbaker8935 on 6/8/2010 7:55:36 AM , Rating: 2
based on the reviews of obsidians alpha protocol i'm a little concerned. but if they succeed on the story & use most of the core gameplay from fo3 then there is a good chance it will be ok. some of the screens though do show a lack of polish. Strange really what happened with alpha protocol, obsidian has done some really solid titles.

RE: hoping for the best
By cutmeister on 6/8/2010 6:38:49 PM , Rating: 2
Really? My impression was that Obsidian Entertainment has always struggled with their quality. I've only played their first game, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II, and it definitely suffered from lack of polish. From what I've heard with NWN 2 it didn't get off to a good start though later patches reportedly helped solve some of the problems. And now Alpha Protocol isn't getting real stellar marks. I'll probably pick AP up once I can buy it for USD$30 or less. I would like to see Obsidian succeed but as far as I can tell they've had a rocky go of it thus far.

Oh boy!
By rburnham on 6/7/2010 12:39:09 PM , Rating: 2
When I finally finished Fallout 3, I had spent a good year and a half playing that game. I had all of the expansions and I scoured the landscape looking for every little thing I could find. I still never saw everything, but it was a very unique, memorable gaming experience. Fallout 3 is one of the best games I have ever played, partly because I got to explore the burned out wasteland of DC, where I grew up.

Now they are letting us explore Las Vegas, which is where I live now, and that's just great.

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