Fallout: New Vegas was originally going to be a ‘major expansion’ for Fallout 3

Fallout: New Vegas certainly stands on its own as a full game, but it was originally conceived as a massive expansion for Fallout 3. In a retrospective video of Fallout posted by Bethesda, Bethesda executive producer and Fallout 3 director Todd Howard explained how New Vegas came to be.

Fallout 3 comes out and it’s a really, really big hit for the company, and they’re like, ‘Okay, what’s the follow-up?’, and I was like, ‘Well, we’re doing Skyrim, so [then] it will be Fallout 4, and there was a push like… ‘We need to do a big expansion pack or something. Are there any companies we could have had done it?’ and we knew the people of Obsidian, and there was something like that immediately [thought that] there is only one group that we would really want to do this. And it actually started out as a big expansion pack for Fallout 3, and I really felt like it had to be its own game.

Fallout fans are sure to be happy that the project has turned into a full game, as Fallout: New Vegas is one of the greatest open-world games of all time. Microsoft now owns New Vegas developer Obsidian, allowing for a possible follow-up. Last week, however, Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart said the studio isn’t working on a Fallout game right now, but “there’s no question” about it if the opportunity presents itself.

Instead, Obsidian is gearing up for the release of Pentiment, a 16th-century mystery game set in Bavaria. The game is coming to Xbox and PC on November 15. If you’re interested, check out our interview with Obsidian developer Josh Sawyer.

The Best Fallout Stories for the Amazon Show

<p>Adapting video games to other media has always been a bull’s eye – <a href="https://www.ign.com/articles/2019/03/01/why-are-there-no-good-video-game-movies">although more on the ‘miss’ side</a> – but with the recent news that <a href="https://www.ign.com/articles/fallout-tv-series-amazon-westworld">Amazon is developing a Fallout series</a>we get another chance to reverse the stigma of game-to-movie stinker.</p>
<p>Amazon is in luck though, because Fallout is a series that not only has excellent established knowledge to draw from – you could make a whole show about the split between the Enclave and the Brotherhood of Steel or the founding of the NCR – but with five games of stories and sidequests to draw from, the writers room could easily CTRL-C/CTRL-V some of the best and call it a day.</p>
<p>So we’ve put together a list of some of the most intriguing moments and storylines from the Fallout games, which may fit well with the Amazon series, whether set in The Commonwealth, Appalachia, or the wastelands of Capitol or Mojave.” src=”https://assets-prd.ignimgs.com/2022/03/31/falloutstories-slideshow-1648741361672.jpg?width=888&crop=16%3A9&quality=20&dpr=0.05″ class=”jsx-2920405963 progressive-image jsx-3998823930 image aspect-ratio aspect-ratio-16-9 jsx-1330092051 jsx-3166191823 rounded loading”/></p>
<p>Meanwhile, Howard and Bethesda Game Studios are currently busy with Starfield, but we already know that the studio is planning Fallout 5… After Elder Scrolls 6 at least.</p>
<p>Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN for video game and entertainment news.  He has over six years of gaming industry experience with bylines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine and Lifewire.  Find him on Twitter @LoganJplant.</p>
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