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Fallout: New Vegas director thinks there's "potential" in a Fallout MMO

Any Fallout Online would have to be sold on the promise of gekko encounters, obvs.

Now that the Elder Scrolls MMO that everybody bugged Todd Howard about for a decade has finally come to pass, for better or worse, it’s hard to imagine Bethesda haven’t thought about giving Fallout the same treatment.

One man involved with series has definitely given it some thought: Josh Sawyer, project lead on Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas.

“I think there’s interesting potential for an online version of Fallout,” he said.

“Personally, I think there are some interesting things that could happen with Fallout in an MMO environment,” Sawyer told IGN

Sawyer recalled a fan project which “cobbled together” Fallout 2 assets into a makeshift multiplayer world.

“It was pretty cool but insane,” he said. “It’s like if you take all of the most brutal aspects of Ultima Online and multiply them by five, you have that game.”

It seems likely that a potential Fallout Online would be handled by Bethesda’s dedicated MMO studio, Zenimax Online. But Sawyer knows where Obsidian would take the series, given the opportunity.

“I like doing stuff on the West coast because we’re close by, and that’s kind of been a tradition for the West coast developers of that stuff,” he said. 

“I think going back to the Boneyard, LA, would be pretty cool, but [former Obsidian, now Blizzard designer] Nathanial Chapman thought New Orleans would be a really cool setting for a Fallout game and I think that’d be really cool as well.”

The idea of a Fallout MMO extends back to Black Isle - Brian Fargo proposed one in the '90s. And a Fallout Online was briefly in development under nu-Interplay a few years ago, with series veteran Chris Taylor at the helm. Legal wrangles and a serious lack of funding saw to that, though.

Here’s my question: how do you convincingly populate a mostly-deserted wasteland with players?

Thanks, VG247.

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3 Years ago

This is such a horrible idea it, the entire atmosphere and feel of fallout would go away.

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3 Years ago

I don't think it's a particularly good idea myself given the scale of MMOs and the concessions that need to be made, but how would a large scale multiplayer Fallout game ruin the atmosphere and feel of Fallout? You'd definitely need to have player-run factions in the style of EVE or pre-F2P FoM, but it's certainly doable.

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Did zenimax learn nothing?

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3 Years ago

...This is Josh Sawyer talking, not Zenimax

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as long as it's not a complete flop like ESO

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