Fallout: New Vegas


Key events

30th October 2010

Face-Off: Fallout: New Vegas

19th October 2010

Fallout: New Vegas

Your fondest Obsidian game memories

"My favourite was shooting Darcy in the bollocks."

In September we asked you to share your favourite moments from an Obsidian game and we, on behalf of Paradox, dangled prizes in front of you in return: consoles for the two winners, PC Pillars of Eternity and Tyranny keys for the 10 runners-up. And you answered in your droves.

Inside Obsidian: How RPG's greatest survivors kept the lights on

"They say the path to Hell is paved with good intentions."

Over the years, I've come to know what to expect from Obsidian, or so I thought. Obsidian makes RPGs, beautiful, intriguing, sometimes slightly shonky RPGs with great writing and vivid characters and just a lingering trace of thriftiness. They make games where the concepts, where the soul, trumps the budget.

Rummaging through Obsidian's drawer of game ideas

Star Wars! Snow White! Prey 2! Warhammer 40K! "There's tons of them."

Everyone has a drawer they can't close because it's stuffed too full of things. Mine has a whisk which always stops the bloody drawer from closing, and it's really annoying, but Obsidian Entertainment's drawer has around 100 game proposals in it. Game outlines in various states, from two-page snacks to 60-page feasts. "There's tons of them," Obsidian co-owner Chris Parker tells me. And for Obsidian there was never a time of greater need of an idea than summer 2012, after Microsoft cancelled Xbox One launch game Stormlands, and when South Park: The Stick of Truth was onboard THQ's sinking ship. It spurred a period now referred to in Obsidian history as the Summer of Proposals.

Stormlands and the million-man raid: Obsidian's cancelled Xbox One exclusive

Stormlands and the million-man raid: Obsidian's cancelled Xbox One exclusive

"That deal was the largest contract we ever signed."

Throw your mind back to Microsoft sharing a dream of an infinitely powerful Xbox One cloud, a box under your TV able to suck an almost mystical power into your living room, transforming games as we know them. The vision wouldn't quite materialise, but while Microsoft was hallucinating over the cauldron it was also throwing money around - throwing money at Xbox One exclusives to embody this future, and Obsidian Entertainment was spinning in its pot.

"We were given a proposal, the million-man raid," Obsidian co-owner and CEO, Feargus Urquhart, tells me. "Conceptually what came from Microsoft was this idea: imagine you're playing The Witcher, maybe with a friend. What happens if at points in time a giant creature pops up that you can see in the distance and it's not just popping up while you're playing, it's popping up for everybody who's playing. You all rush this creature and there's this haze around it, and as you're all rushing through the haze the game is matchmaking you into 40-man raids who are going to fight the creature.

"Then you fight it, but while the creature is being fought all the footage is being recorded up into the cloud. Then at the end we would come up with some kind of intelligent editing thing which would deliver everybody who fought a personalised, edited video of their participation in the raid. That is what was proposed to us."

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With the penultimate season of Game of Thrones finished on TV and a colossal amount of people talking about it, it's hard to imagine any video game maker ever passing up the opportunity to get a piece of that franchise pie. But as I found out recently, Obsidian Entertainment did - it turned down Game of Thrones.

The food you stumble across in the Fallout universe tends to fall into two camps; surviving products from before the bombs fell (three cheers for preservatives) and dodgy looking cuisine made from whatever's lying around - or trying to tear your face off.

Fallout: New Vegas modder is adding Superhot combat

The Mojave just got even hotter.

Fallout: New Vegas may be over a half decade old, but plenty of modders are still tinkering with Obsidian's sequel. Earlier this year we saw someone making a multiplayer mod, while another updated its looting UI to be like that of Fallout 4, and yet another modder is making an expansion as big as the original game's Mojave desert. Now, YouTuber Xilandro is altering Fallout: New Vegas' combat to play like that of delightful first-person puzzle shooter Superhot.

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.

New Fallout: New Vegas mod looks as slick as an official expansion

New Fallout: New Vegas mod looks as slick as an official expansion

Something to tide you over until Fallout 4 comes out.

Modders have created an add-on for Fallout: New Vegas that looks as slick as an official expansion.

Fallout : Autumn Leaves, out 1st October, adds over 2000 lines of voiced dialogue, new characters and eight quests.

Also added to the Obsidian-developed post-apocalyptic role-playing game are new perks, several endings and an original soundtrack from Pablo Coma, the composer of Healer's Quest. All in all, expect more than seven hours of gameplay, the modders said.

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Passing out isn't something people are meant to do very often - or at all, in fact - not that you'd know it from video games. Game protagonists, seemingly, like nothing more than sparking out for a while and then coming to later. I've been rendered unconscious twice in my life and I can't say either was a particularly fun experience, but that's certainly not stopping the games industry - Metal Gear Solid 5 made the latest contribution to the proud tradition just this week, in fact.

Fallout 3 wasn't a bad game - far from it - but its successor Fallout: New Vegas was most definitely better. This was a sequel that righted Fallout 3's few wrongs, setting players loose in a grittier, grimier, morally murkier nuclear wasteland, a world far removed from the Disneyland apocalypse of its predecessor, where the light side was zany and the dark side was only ever awful rather than crushingly bleak. New Vegas was more mature and morally challenging. It was also, depending on your personal feelings about the politics of the main factions, utterly chilling.

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.

Bethesda announces first ever E3 conference

Bethesda announces first ever E3 conference

Sure to cause some fallout.

Bethesda has announced plans for its first ever dedicated E3 conference, which is set to take place in Hollywood on Sunday, 14th June 2015.

A limited number of tickets will be made available to fans, or you'll be able to watch the whole thing from home via the magic of Twitch (and, naturally, Eurogamer will be reporting the whole thing live).

There's no word yet on what Bethesda will be showing, although we can take a couple of educated guesses.

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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".

A trademark for Fallout 4 has been spotted, sparking speculation that Bethesda may be set to announce a new PC and next-gen version of the post-apocalyptic open world role-playing game series.

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."

Three Dog tweet sets tongues wagging on possible Fallout 4 announcement

The voice actor who played Three Dog in Fallout 3 has sparked speculation that Bethesda may soon announce Fallout 4.

Erik Todd Dellums tweeted last night saying Fallout fans may not have heard the last of Three Dog, the excitable GNR DJ who starred in the post-apocalyptic open world role-playing game.

“To all my#Fallout3and#ThreeDogfans: There may be more of the Dog coming!” he said.

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Is Obsidian's new RPG called Eternity?

Countdown points to Friday as new clues emerge.

The number four has become a number three - it was a countdown rather than a number symbolic of the new Project X RPG that Obsidian has been teasing.

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition announced

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition announced

Out next year for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Bethesda has announced the Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

It launches in Europe on 10th February and in the US on 7th February 2012.

The Ultimate Edition has all the game add-on content for New Vegas, including Dead Money, Honest Hearts, Old World Blues, Lonesome Road, Courier's Stash and Gun Runners' Arsenal.

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Fallout: New Vegas DLC release date

Fallout: New Vegas DLC release date

The Courier's journey ends this September.

Lonesome Road, the fourth add-on pack for post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout: New Vegas, launches on PlayStation Network, Steam and Xbox Live on 20th September, Bethesda has announced.

The publisher has also announced two additional DLC packs, Courier's Stash and Gun Runners' Arsenal, which will be available for download one week later on September 27th.

Courier's Stash (160 MS Points, $1.99 on PSN and Steam) grants immediate access to four content bundles previously available only through pre-ordering Fallout: New Vegas: The Caravan Pack, Classic Pack, Mercenary Pack and Tribal Pack. Each offers unique weapons, apparel and aid advantages.

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F: NV DLC Old World Blues release date

F: NV DLC Old World Blues release date

New title update to improve stability.

The third downloadable add-on for open world role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas launches on Tuesday 19th July, Bethesda has announced.

Old World Blues releases on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on that day. Presumably on PS3 in Europe it launches on Wednesday 20th July alongside the regular EU PS Store update.

Before launch a new title update for New Vegas will add support for the DLC as well as improve performance and stability in "major areas".

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Cheap This Week - 22/06/11

Fallout! Eden! Men jumping!

As we head into the season of sales, you'll want to keep your bank account tightly girdled lest you snap up every game under the summer sun. That's why we're here to guide you; we've got a few great bargains this week on some classics of the past few years, as well as some more contemporary greats.

EU PlayStation Store update 6th June

EU PlayStation Store update 6th June

Honest Hearts, Crysis 2 Retaliation pack

The PlayStation Store catch-up continues, although today's update is less exciting than the initial splurge.

High profile DLC arrives for Fallout: New Vegas in the shape of Honest Hearts, and for Crysis 2 in the shape of the Retaliation Pack.

Snazzy racer Split/Second arrives as a downloadable game for 20 but, as always, you can find it cheaper in a box online.

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Fallout: New Vegas DLC announced

Fallout: New Vegas DLC announced

Three new Mojave adventures

The rumours were correct - the next three add-ons for Fallout: New Vegas will be called Honest Hearts, Old World Blues and Lonesome Road.

And they'll arrive in that order: Honest Hearts first on 17th May (PC, Xbox 360) and 18th May (PS3); Old World Blues in June; and Lonesome Road in July.

Honest Hearts takes you and your caravan into the tribal raider-ravaged landscape of Utah's Zion National Park, where the fate of the local factions lies in your hands.

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Bethesda: "decline" New Vegas 360 update

Patched patch coming soon.

Bethesda has urged users to decline the latest Xbox 360 update for Fallout: New Vegas following reports yesterday that it was causing system crashes and rendering game saves unplayable.

A statement on the Bethesda blog explained that developers had figured out what the problem was and would be issuing a new patch soon.

"Regarding the Xbox 360 update, we've discovered a solution to the issue that's causing problems with game saves," it read. "We'll be hosting a replacement update on Xbox Live as soon as humanly possible.

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New Vegas patch cripples 360 version?

New Vegas patch cripples 360 version?

Users complain saved games won't load.

The latest patch for Fallout: New Vegas is reportedly causing some Xbox 360 users serious problems.

According to a number of posts on the game's official forum, many players have been unable to load saved games since installing update 1.3 this morning, or are experiencing regular system crashes.

"Great, get the day off, settled down in front of the Xbox to play New Vegas and guess what, it freezes. Thanks Bethesda!" wrote one poster.

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Redundancies reported at Obsidian

Fallout: New Vegas dev sheds staff.

P45s are reportedly being handed at Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment, with senior staff among those made redundant.

Hefty Fallout: New Vegas patch goes live

Hefty Fallout: New Vegas patch goes live

PC first, consoles to follow.

A comprehensive new patch for Bethesda's action RPG sequel Fallout: New Vegas has just gone live for PC users, with consoles to follow shortly.

As promised earlier this month, update 1.3 rebalances a number of weapons and "contains optimisations and stability improvements".

According to a post on the game's official site, the patch is expected to hit consoles "by the end of the week."

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Fallout: New Vegas patch due before DLC

Fallout: New Vegas patch due before DLC

Should release in next couple of weeks.

Bethesda will patch post-apocalyptic role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas before it releases the next paid downloadable content widely rumoured to be called Honest Hearts.

The PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 patch implements optimizations and stability improvements, senior producer Jason Bergman wrote on the Bethesda forum.

Bergman and his team worked with Sony and Microsoft to identify issues, "and we have fixed a great deal of the crashes and lockups that people were experiencing." The patch also tweaks weapon balance.

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XBL update: Kinectimals demo incoming

XBL update: Kinectimals demo incoming

Stacking DLC dated, Comic Jumper on sale.

A demo for Frontier's cute motion-controlled pet sim Kinectimals hits Xbox Live next month, Microsoft has announced.

As revealed on Major Nelson's blog, you'll be able to try out the Kinect-only title, which won 7/10 from Eurogamer last year, from 5th April.

Nelson's Xbox Live round-up also revealed impending price cuts for Fable III and Fallout: New Vegas DLC, as well as a release date for Stacking's The Lost Hobo King expansion.

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Two new Fallout: NV DLC packs coming?

UPDATE: Bethesda issues denial.

UPDATE False alarm everybody. A spokesperson for Bethesda just emailed us to say Play.tm's story was "incorrect". "We will be letting people know the plan for upcoming Fallout: New Vegas DLCs in the next couple of weeks," they promised.

Fallout: New Vegas DLC trademarks?

ZeniMax filing tallies with in-game graffiti.

Internet detectives have unearthed trademarks filed by ZeniMax that could point to potential names for future Fallout: New Vegas downloadable content.

Fallout: NV 360 patch goes live

Fallout: NV 360 patch goes live

What happens in Vegas, now stays in Vegas.

The game-fixing Fallout: New Vegas patch that hit the PlayStation 3 last week rolls out for the Xbox 360 today, publisher Bethesda Softworks has announced.

Last week's PlayStation 3 update addressed a bunch of issues with the brilliant but glitch-heavy action RPG, including fixes for game crashes and corrupted save files.

There's a full of recap of all the tweaks below.

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Massive Fallout: NV patch out now

Massive Fallout: NV patch out now

Crashes, save corruption finally fixed.

A huge update for the PlayStation 3 version of Fallout: New Vegas has just gone live, with PC and Xbox 360 roll-outs expected next week.

The keenly-anticipated patch addresses a long list of issues with Bethesda's brilliant-but-broken action RPG, including fixes for game crashes and corrupted save files.

The full rundown of tweaks, as posted on Bethesda's blog, is as follows:

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Fallout: New Vegas patch coming soon

Fallout: New Vegas patch coming soon

"Comprehensive" update promises fix.

A patch for openworld role-playing game Fallout: New Vegas will soon be released.

In a post on Bethesda Softworks' forum the company said work on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Steam patch was complete and waiting for approval at the platform holders.

The update is described as "comprehensive", and tackles an Xbox 360 save issue among other problems.

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360-exclusive Fallout: NV DLC revealed

Xbox 360 owners will enjoy the first Fallout: New Vegas DLC exclusively when it launches next month.

Dead Money will be released on 21st December exclusively on Xbox Live for 800 MS Points.

In Dead Money, you're the victim of a raw deal, and must work alongside three other captured wastelanders to recover the legendary treasure of the Sierra Madre Casino.

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Fallout: New Vegas PC patch goes live

Fallout: New Vegas PC patch goes live

Console users will have to wait.

A patch for bug-infested Fallout: New Vegas has gone live, but only for the PC version.

The Version 1.1.1 update looks like what publisher Bethesda described as an "incremental" patch before the real deal arrives on all platforms at some point in the next few weeks.

Here's what it does:

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"Comprehensive" patch for New Vegas

For all three platforms.

A "comprehensive" patch for all three versions of post-apocalyptic open world role-player Fallout: New Vegas is in the works.

It'll fix the Xbox 360 save issue so many have experienced, among other bugs.

It's due in the "coming weeks", according to Bethesda.

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Digital FoundryFallout: New Vegas - World in Motion

Digital Foundry's latest time-lapse video showcase.

The blasted remnants of the gambling capital of the world form the basis for the latest in Digital Foundry's World in Motion time-lapse presentations. Fallout: New Vegas's post apocalyptic vision of Nevada, its many and varied locations, plus of course its impressive day/night cycle were ideal subject matter for our efforts. In addition to that, the chance to put together a full-on 1080p presentation at 60 frames per second proved to be irresistible.

Bethesda Softworks has told Xbox 360 owners to save often while playing stonking great open world RPG Fallout: New Vegas as it works to fix a bug that prevents gamers from loading save files.

Fallout: New Vegas patches inbound

Fallout: New Vegas patches inbound

Bethesda working on them as we speak.

Bethesda has assured Fallout: New Vegas owners that it's working on patches and updates "as quickly as possible".

YouTube is awash with videos of various Fallout: New Vegas bugs some that even freeze the game and force a restart.

"We are currently working on releasing patches/updates as quickly as possible for Fallout: New Vegas, for all platforms," marketing man Pete Hines told Kotaku.

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Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas

Roulette the dogs out?

It's lunchtime. I'm walking to the Post Office to post some packages. As I pass a small hardware shop, I remember that I've been meaning to get a shovel, and wonder if it's worth picking one up now.

Then I stop. Something about this unbidden thought sets off alarm bells. Why do I need a shovel again? It comes back to me: I need a shovel because I want to dig up the unmarked graves in the cemetery where I was shot in the head by a post-apocalyptic gangster to see if there's anything useful in them.

That's when I realise Fallout has dug its radioactive claws into me yet again.

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Eurogamer Expo 2010 Top 10

Including your game of the show.

Every year at the Eurogamer Expo we invite you to tell us what you thought of the games you played, and without fail every year (so far anyway) you exhibit amazing taste in huge numbers. This year's Expo line-up was our strongest and most diverse yet, so we were excited to see what would follow in the footsteps of last year's winner, God of War III, or 2008's Mirror's Edge...

First UK showings for RAGE and Hunted!

id Software's Tim Willits to demo RAGE every day. Hunted, Brink and Fallout playable.

Eurogamer is delighted to announce that Bethesda Softworks will present id Software's RAGE and inXile's Hunted: The Demon's Forge for the first time ever in the UK at next month's Eurogamer Expo, taking place 1st - 3rd October at Earls Court, London.

Why Fallout: New Vegas has to end

Plot makes it impossible to play past ending.

Obsidian Entertainment has explained why it won't be possible to continue to play Fallout: New Vegas past the ending of its main storyline.

Bethesda's Todd Howard

On the new game, the one after that, and ladders.

Before Eurogamer sits down with Todd Howard at QuakeCon to bully him into talking about his new game, we catch his panel with Tim Willits from id Software and Jason West and Vince Zampella from Respawn Entertainment.

Fallout: New Vegas

Strip tease.

One day, somebody is going to make a game where humanity climbs into the bunker, waits for the apocalypse to pass, emerges from shelter and really does rebuild society, rather than clambering out and getting butchered by mutant wasps before anyone's had time to break ground on a new Millets. It probably won't be Bethesda Softworks, though, because games like Fallout: New Vegas suggest there's still lots more mileage in things going wrong at the end of the world.

Matthew Perry and Felicia Day in Fallout

Could you BE more excited?

Matthew Perry, who played sarcastic funny man Chandler Bing in sitcom Friends, The Guild actress Felicia Day and Chuck's Zachary Levi have lent their voices to Obsidian's sci-fi RPG Fallout: New Vegas, according to the USA Today.

Fallout: New Vegas

Stars and strips.

What comes to mind when you hear the word Vegas? Elvis? Showgirls? Marg Helgenberger swabbing semen off the underside of roulette tables? Or post-apocalyptic landscapes, warring mercenaries, plasma rifles and robot policemen?

Fallout: New Vegas dated

Plus: fancy E3 trailer released.

Bethesda Softworks has announced that Fallout: New Vegas will be released on 19th October in the US and on 22nd October in Europe.

Fallout: New Vegas

Obsidian falls in.

Sometimes, in order to step up, you need to take a step back. Over the last couple of weeks, Bethesda Softworks has shown the world's gaming media what it thinks is the strongest line-up in its history, a line-up which announces its arrival as a publishing force to be reckoned with: Rage, the comeback game from new stable-mates id Software; a very different vision of the future of the FPS, Splash Damage's Brink; modern-day dungeon-crawling in inXile's Hunted; and of course, Fallout: New Vegas, the follow-up to 2008's smash hit Fallout 3.

Obsidian's Chris Avellone

Alpha top dog.

Saying I'm a fan of Planescape: Torment is a bit like saying that Vlad III Dracula enjoyed a spot of impaling - it gets the point across, but doesn't quite convey the extent of the fervour.

New Vegas is "hundreds of hours" deep

Plus, you can still gamble on the Strip.

Bethesda Softworks' Pete Hines has described Fallout: New Vegas as "a massive game world that will take you hundreds of hours to explore every nook and cranny".

First Fallout: New Vegas details spill

First Fallout: New Vegas details spill

Hardcore! Reputation! Clever mutants!

Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas introduces a Hardcore mode that challenges players with dehydration, ammo weight, non-instantaneous healing and tougher enemies, according to a new preview in PC Gamer (reported by Duck and Cover).

Super Mutants will also be more intelligent and varied, and there's an elite Nightkin enemy and a female mutant with a 1950s-style haircut who may be important.

Fallout: New Vegas is set in the Mojave desert, and apparently the area of Vegas wasn't hit hard in the apocalypse so many buildings remain intact. The storyline follows a conflict between the California Republic, Caesar's Legion and New Vegas residents.

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Fallout: New Vegas unveiled

It's coming to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Bethesda Softworks has unveiled a new Fallout title at a press event in London and said it will be developed by Obsidian.