Fallout

VideoWatch: The making of Fallout 1 & 2

Tales from the early days of Black Isle Studios.

Last month, Bertie and I visited Obsidian Entertainment to take a wander around the place and talk about some of the remarkable games they've helped create.

When Skyrim launched just shy of four years ago, it attracted a lot of people who had never touched an Elder Scrolls game before. I was one of them, in fact. Given the amount of muscle Bethesda has thrown into the marketing, it's highly likely Fallout 4 will do the same.

A brief history of Fallout

War. War changes quite a lot.

After years of waiting and false hopes, Bethesda has finally announced Fallout 4. It's as good an excuse as any to take a trip through time to where it all began, in a very different kind, but now much more familiar kind of Wasteland. This was back in 1988, on technology so primitive that most of the original's game text had to be printed in a manual, with the game simply giving a number to look up every time anything happened. Nevertheless, it found almost instant critical and commercial success... and immense difficulty getting a sequel off the ground. At least, an official one.

What does Fallout: New Vegas' lead designer want from Fallout 4?

But don't expect an announcement any time soon, Bethesda says.

It's been more than a year since Skyrim developer Bethesda Game Studios moved wholesale onto its "next major project", which we expect to be Fallout 4. The game was in pre-production while Skyrim DLC rolled out, and in April 2013 was declared ready for the team's "full attention".

Fallout TV show in the works - rumour

Bethesda trademarks "an on-going television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world." Hmm...

Fallout publisher Bethesda Softworks has registered a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for "an on-going television program set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world."

Fallout 3 GOTY date still non-committal

Plus: XBL treat for owners of all DLC.

Bethesda has told Eurogamer there is still no specific date for Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, which supposedly arrives here next month on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Interplay's Fallout MMO on the ropes

As Bethesda attempts to terminate deal.

Interplay's Fallout MMO may never see the light of day as Bethesda attempts to terminate the licensing agreement with a lawsuit filed last week.

GOG.com anniversary promo tomorrow

Interplay doing buy one get one free deal.

GOG.com (good old games) turns one tomorrow and will celebrate by offering a free Interplay game for every Interplay game purchased. In other words: buy one, get one free.

Fallout Retrospective

How the original games caused a quiet revolution.

When Fallout 3 was announced, the widespread joy at the resurrection of a beloved and largely forgotten series by a developer of as much established talent as Bethesda was huge. But it was matched by an equally fierce backlash from one of the most notoriously fanatical, difficult-to-please fanbases in the gaming world. Most Fallout fans were adamant that the series ought to be left alone, that the limited technology that the games were built upon was an integral part of what Fallout was, and that any attempt to modernise the series could only result in the bastardisation of one of the most fondly-remembered game universes in the history of the medium.