Fallout 1, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics Return to Steam, Now Available for Purchase

After removing the classic games to resolve publishing issues, Bethesda has once again made them available on Steam.

Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics are once again available for purchase on Steam.

Bethesda announced today on its blog that it has resolved publishing issues and put the classic Fallout games back on Steam. Early this year, the games were removed from all digital distribution platforms (including Steam and GOG.com) after the rights to the games transitioned to Bethesda. According to the company, it needed to "remove existing publisher info, legal text, etc."

With their return to Steam, minor changes have been made to the original games. Saves now have Steam Cloud support, and Fallout 1 and 2 have "default" and "classic" modes. Default mode allows for high resolutions and classic is the unmodified, original game. Fallout Tactics is unmodified, but its multiplayer is still supported via direct connection. Tactics cannot run on Windows 8.

Each game costs $10 individually and a bundle of all three costs $20. There is no word yet on if the games are returning to GOG.com. If you already own the games, they're still in your digital library. There's no need to buy them again.

Recently, GameSpot discussed what a new Fallout game should include. Although Bethesda has not said anything official about it, rumors suggest that the next entry in the series will be set in Boston.

Alex Newhouse is an editorial intern at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @alexbnewhouse
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Al-Manyouk
Al-Manyouk

The first two games were boring as fuck. Especially Fallout 1, I could never get past Junktown before getting bored to sleep, it was as fun as clipping toenails. All the crap about being "the best RPG" almost had me convinced until I actually played it.

Fallout 3 is awesome, the only single player game I ever genuinely enjoyed and wanted to finish as opposed to other games where I have to force myself to finish.

zone119
zone119

Fallout 1 and 2 were okay, I quess, but I much prefer Bethesda's fallout.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Bethesda is pretty disgusting.

picho86
picho86

They could at least make a tiny effort to make the games compatible with new OSs. Right now I'd be paying Bethesda for a game they didn't make, and Valve for publishing a game that won't easily work on my PC.


Veenox
Veenox

YESSSSSSSSSSSS, is all I have to say.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Meanwhile everyone already got them for free on GOG.com a while ago.

nodbgp
nodbgp

Bethesda... Steadily rising to EA height's.

59Hertz
59Hertz

Nothing beats the classic games PC has to offer. But 20 bucks? Come on..

Hurvl
Hurvl

That's great, but I already had Fallout 1 on GoG and then got Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics for free from GoG when Interplay's ownership of the franchise ended.

cynicritic
cynicritic

You know what I like about you PC gamers? 

Right now XBOX is rambling about Apps, TV and Kinect, all the things that are killing gaming... 
But you guys are always about the games. If only I could afford to evolve... 

jeager_titan
jeager_titan

Boo steam. Booo bethesda. Gog gave them to me for free.

robertcain
robertcain

Pretty good news! I've been wanting to play the first two games in the series for a while and they'll probably be dirt cheap on Steam as well.

barrybarryk
barrybarryk

I doubt they're coming back to gog after they gave all three away for free before they were pulled from the store

mrdouglas99
mrdouglas99

So does that mean we can kill children (in the game, that is :)) again, it's not censored in any way like on GOG-version?


kujel
kujel

I scored these on GOG.com ages ago so I'm all good and DRM-free.

Anemeros
Anemeros

Doesn't matter who sells them or when. These games are amazing and deserve to be experienced by as many people as possible.

eviledger
eviledger

Funny thing, got  all three on GoG for free :) Thinking it was revenge from GoG for Ubi for removing those masterpeieces :)

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

It's kinda scummy they didn't put the games back on GoG.  Screw you, Bethesda.

stevhall88
stevhall88

I really hope this is some kind of marketing strategy to get gamers hooked more on Fallout for when the release Fallout 4 after hopefully announcing it on Spike TV later this year! Fingers crossed and I'll stick them up my buttt for good luck! (I hope the luck actually works since I have my thumb up my buttt most of the time anyway)

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Oh cool, they've updated them.  That's a nice touch.

If you can be bothered getting into these games in 2014 you'll be rewarded with a lot of depth and a real sense of progression and an open world.

aermeus
aermeus

Good thing GOG gave them away for free for a week before they lost the rights.

RyanSaotome
RyanSaotome

So wait, if I already own the games, I can use the new HD mode? or would I need to rebuy it?

Bhemont
Bhemont

@zone119 Fallout 3 is meh, but I much prefer Interplay's Fallout.

Caldrin
Caldrin

@freedomzealot you what.. dont like the price then dont pay for it or wait for it to be on sale.. as for it benig abanonware i am not sure what you would expect from such an old game? Do you expect the devs to carry on worknig on the games forever ?


Saying that they appear to be updated a bit as well..

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@cynicritic  Steam doesn't have anything to offer in terms of apps and TV that can not already be found online using the same pc that you play games on. And it is still entirely possible that one day they do offer movies much like Amazon and google and Apple. Secondly. Xbox has these things because customers want them. They want apps to use to navigate Twitch. of the SYFY channel or Maxim or any number of websites. Its a fact that over half (probably closer to 75% ) of people that own an xbox  and have XBL ALSO use Netflix. People use their consoles for more than just gaming. And one last thing, Obviously you did not pay any attention to E3 last week and Sony spent about 20 minutes talking about their TV/movie offerings.

newhaus1994
newhaus1994 moderatorstaff

@eviledger It was a direct response to Bethesda taking them off GOG, that's true.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Thanatos2k Yeah, because of that I'm not gonna buy Fallout 3 or any other Bethesda title anytime soon, because I wasn't planning on doing so anyway. I'd much rather play through the original Fallout games first and then I've got Morrowind Goty Edition (which I bought years ago) waiting on me. Dishonored is a great Bethesda published game, but I'm not sure it'll run on my gaming laptop, so I'll skip it for now.

Al-Manyouk
Al-Manyouk

@naryanrobinson The first Fallouts have no depth. They're the most shallow games I ever played.
Fallout 1 is basically just adventure from one town to the next, where static quest dispensers just stand there waiting to give you a quest on helping them with something and you barely get any choices, and when you do help them you just get some caps and EXP and absolutely nothing changes, then on to the next town. And there are barely any conversation trees, NPCs are just text dispensers where they give you the same texts every time. And all that crap about consequences and reactions is just that, crap. The games have neither consequences nor reactions. 


Fallout 3 was not only the better game, it was a better RPG. Why do some people say otherwise? Many reasons:

a) Non of them actually played Fallout 3.

b) Nostalgia.

c) Brand loyalty (they refuse to acknowledge anything not made by Black Isle Studios)

d) They read some of the crap on the internet about how liking Fallout 1&2 will make them hardcore elitists, so they jump on the bandwagon without ever actually playing any of the Fallouts.

Peugeot_Rocket
Peugeot_Rocket

@RyanSaotome 

I imagine you would either need to install a patch or re-download to get the new version. You won't have to repurchase it just as the article says.

zone119
zone119

@Bhemont The combat in fallout 1 and 2 was slow and untactical imho...and the grapchics are ugly even by 90's standards. First atleast had some story, but the second was just gimmicky...just way off...

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@Caldrin If the game still sells, I expect the devs to still work on it in some capacity. This is not unreasonable.

cynicritic
cynicritic

@Zombrex @cynicritic My point is PC gamers don't have to abide all this App and TV nonsense that is destroying gaming. And very rarely do they even speak of it. Their custom built gaming machines are safe from becoming advertising billboards and being packed with garbage that has NOTHING to do with gaming like the X1 is. 

I am a gamer, not a mainstream consumer of anything. When I buy a gaming console I buy it to game. 

Zombrex
Zombrex

@spartanx169x @cynicritic And it was a damn good 20 minutes. :)

Although I had hoped they would have more in terms of original programming, "Powers" will be cool.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

@Al-Manyouk 

There was plenty of depth, there just wasn't any of that cringe-worthy droning on and on in ridiculously flamboyant accents.  It's straight to the point, here's the quest, go do it.  Since when do people care about having a thesis on *why* they have to do it?  The quest is the important part, and the quests are great.


a) They didn't *play* it?  Are you kidding?  Based on what exactly?  Of course they've played it.  Millions of people who didn't even know what Fallout was have played it, and you're telling me the hardcore fans just sat back and ignored it for *six years*  Not.  Likely.

b) Yeah, nostalgia.  That doesn't' automatically make people like things.  People get nostalgia over bad things too you know.  We'll see if Fallout 3 gets the same nostalgia in 10 years.

c)  Brand loyalty?  Maybe if you only buy things with Apple logos on them.  I don't know if you knew this but this is the *gaming* world, where people don't just pick a studio and stick with it.  People have a hard enough time excluding just *one* publisher (EA).

d)  Yeah maybe, but you can't prove it.  Who knows, maybe they just prefer their games not to be shamefully, disgustingly unfinished and broken, and this is coming from someone who *likes* the game.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

@nodbgp @naryanrobinson Steam have taken products they had in their store, and replaced them with newer, more up-to-date versions of the products.

Therefore: They have updated them.

Zombrex
Zombrex

Ok gotcha. That's why I love Playstation, I've never once come in contact with any ad. On the PS3 any ads are hidden safely in a "what's new" menu and it's almost always game related, meanwhile on the ps4 I'm never bombarded with anything at all. In terms of any apps, they're also tucked away nicely in their own menu out of sight of my gaming.