First Real Details of Fallout: New Vegas Revealed

First Real Details of Fallout: New Vegas Revealed


In a report by USA Today’s Mike Snider, story and setting details concerning Fallout: New Vegas were revealed.

As we all know, Fallout: New Vegas is set in and around the Las Vegas Strip. What we didn’t know is that the game will take place in the year 2280 – a few years after the events in Bethesda’s Fallout 3.

It was also revealed that players will start the game out as a wastelander rather than a vault-dweller. Apparently, the little robot featured in the teaser trailer released last week (click HERE to check it out) digs you out of a shallow grave (where you were shot and left to rot), and takes you to Doc Mitchell for a little Fallout-style R&R.

Here, you’ll get to customize your character, my like you did in Fallout 3, “by choosing gender, age, race, other attributes, and skills.” Though no mention of it was made in the article, expect S.P.E.C.I.A.L. to make its way back to the game. Unfortunately, V.A.T.S. is also unconfirmed. We do know a bit about the main character’s back-story, however. “You were a courier, and you were obviously carrying something that somebody wanted,” said Bethesda’s Phil Hines. “Part of the story is finding out what you had and what they took.”

Also of note, the Vegas Strip is actually a prosperous urban center rather than a bombed-out, irradiated ruin like the Capital Wasteland was. According to Hines, “Vegas is up and running. It is not a ghost town. It still exists and thrives. There are casinos, and you can go down onto the Strip. It will have a very different feel from that standpoint.”

Other than the distinct setting, players will get an experience that is very much like that of Fallout 3. For example, Super Mutants will make a return; of course, giant lizards and other geographically appropriate mutants will keep things fresh.

New Vegas’ environment is approximately the same size as D.C. was in Fallout 3. Hines confirmed that New Vegas “is a massive game world that will take you hundreds of hours to explore every nook and cranny.”

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