Fallout: New Vegas announced

Bethesda's latest postapocalyptic action RPG heads to the PS3, 360, PC in 2010; Black Isle Studios castaway Obsidian Entertainment developing.

Released in October of last year, Fallout 3 was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, having shipped 4.7 million units worldwide in its first week. The game also performed well in the awards circuit, taking the top honours at the 2009 Game Developers Choice Awards last month during the Game Developers Conference.

Given that performance, it comes as little surprise that Bethesda Softworks won't be dallying in bringing a follow-up to market. At an event in London today, the publisher announced that a new Fallout game will be coming to the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC in 2010. Titled Fallout: New Vegas, the game is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment, whose most recent works include Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir and the upcoming Alpha Protocol. The studio was also at work on the third-person action title Aliens RPG before Sega canceled it earlier this year.

Obsidian Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Feargus Urquhart and others from Interplay's now-shuttered Black Isle Studios, developer of the original Fallout games. On hearing that the Fallout licence had fallen to Bethesda, Urquhart said: "Good Luck! That's probably somewhat horrible to say, but I think the team at Bethesda has their work cut out for them. This is mostly because there is almost nothing that they can do that will make the Fallout fans happy."

Fallout: New Vegas will be set in the Fallout universe but will not be a direct sequel to Fallout 3. However, it will stick to that game's RPG format, rather than branching out into real-time strategy territory as happened with 2001's Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel.

For more on Fallout 3, check out GameSpot's video review below.

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StrataRev
StrataRev

Maddaus you owe me your house and car

jeremiahx99
jeremiahx99

i am really looking forward to this if they learn from there fallout 3 mistakes and fix them like clunky shooting, bad ai, and technical problems and hopefully they will take there time a little more on this one and make sure everything is complete when they release it

Culerthanu
Culerthanu

A new Elders Scrolls is what everyone wants! Sure a new Fallout would be nice...but Fallout 3 just came out...It's been years since Oblivion came out. I just hope Bethesda isn't planning on releasing a new Elders Scrolls with the next generation of gaming...that will be forever...

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

@ green_dominator Don't worry it was Lucas Arts that made Obsidian push the deadline because of holiday release. Lucas isn't part of this game so it will be complete :P

TechnologoDoom
TechnologoDoom

***As someone has said before, I'm truly hoping Bethesda delegated New Vegas to Obsidian only so that they can concentrate on the Elder Scrolls series, be it a new Expansion Pack or a complete new installment. - _Witchunter_**** I completely agree. Although Bethesda is so good as this type of RPG, and fallout is such a great series that I just pray it doesn't go south.

green_dominator
green_dominator

The ruins of Vegas should be fun lol Fallout 3 was freaking awesome and if Obsidion does what they did with KOTOR 2 things should be good just finish the game ya know......Ehh, I know they'll do good......

Deus_Ex_Fan
Deus_Ex_Fan

NW2 devs and = bugs galore. This is not good news. NW2:MoZ was one of the buggiest games I've ever bought and played (and worse than Ubisoft's bugged out Silent Hunter IV game). The art direction is also not on par to what Bethesda can produce (really love their art direction, a common theme through games). Scratch getting a game from this dev house, just not going through that and the mods from hell on their official forum (for even *mentioning* technical problems, and get 2 mods riding your tail eager to close the thread and ban you). Any game company THAT sensitive about feedback doesn't deserve business, and the quote above by Urquhart explains why. Sad. :(

AdamWriter
AdamWriter

Cool. Just don't forget the V.A.T.S. system!

_Witchunter_
_Witchunter_

As someone has said before, I'm truly hoping Bethesda delegated New Vegas to Obsidian only so that they can concentrate on the Elder Scrolls series, be it a new Expansion Pack or a complete new installment.

ResistCombine
ResistCombine

It's Bethesda with an h people come one, at least know how to spell the companies name if your going to bash it for being better than bungie. owned

DKtroa
DKtroa

As Moriarty would have said: "The gaming industry can be such an unforgiving place"

Chyfer
Chyfer

hate beteshda for destroying fallout series..hope this will live up to its name....please..beteshda makes unfinnished games with huge bugs and releases patches that makes new fatal bugs..my fallout 3 is unplayable ATM..waiting for a BETTER patch thta they will test before releasing ...hopefully

pecanin
pecanin

Happy that at least some of original team are involved loved Fallout 3 but not weapons/confusing maps it took me three replays to find 95 % of stuff in my opinion Beteshda are yet to better Morowind now that was a game,most of Oblivion flaws were hidden by pretty graphics it become repetitive after you closed gate number 67 943,i mean man that game was boring

Lacrosse3
Lacrosse3

i love fallout 3..i hope this has the same feel to it

CHAMPION6171994
CHAMPION6171994

This better be better than 3. Not saying that Fallout 3 was bad but there are many flaws in it, even though they are outweighed significantly by the content. Better DLC's for New Vegas as well.

Rez169101
Rez169101

i liked Fallout but i agree with u guys i mean fallout was great but oblivion was just "WOW" and i am a bit pissed that they have already thought of new fallout but not a new TES but to be honest TES games are bigger and with more things to do so i understand why they are having a hard time making a TES

EGM_BlizzardKil
EGM_BlizzardKil

I do think that they should be working on TESV not the new Fallout.... Im dying to see the next TES game

Maddaus
Maddaus

omg Bethesda isn't developing it. They should give the Elder Scrolls series to Electronic Arts while they're at it. I think this buzz they've gotten since Fallout 3 came out has put them in a frenzy.

Maddaus
Maddaus

I will bet my house and car this doesn't come out until 2011.

sukafubi
sukafubi

although this sounds great... its kinda stupid thinking ther already making a new fallout. they shuld set their minds to a new elder scrolls.

better-than-U
better-than-U

i want another elder scroles alot more...im dying to play another elder scroles...

saxatron58
saxatron58

why does it say Obsidian AND Bethesda underneath the title?...

OF-5
OF-5

This is great, but I must admit I am a little put out that they manage to come up with a new Fallout in less then a year but it has been 4 years since Oblivion and we still have not heard anything about a new Elder scrolls game...

BudIsWiser
BudIsWiser

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Blackener

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CreatureRising
CreatureRising

@BiGG SMiGG I agree. But It really comes down to Alpha Protcol If thats a Great Game It will Tell me they have the Power to do this But if it does poorly I am not Panicing But a little uneasy on forking the 60 bucks for it

KentTalbert
KentTalbert

Sweet, actual writers for a change. Bethesda can't write dialogue for crap. Here's hoping Obsidian does well!

BlackLabel677
BlackLabel677

its cant be worse than fallout 3, it can only go up hill

Hoodgiy
Hoodgiy

i think it may be worse than fot3

BiGG_SMiGG
BiGG_SMiGG

i dont know why but i have a bad feeling about this one, maybe because bethesda arent making it

dcboy36
dcboy36

ooh so its another fallout, i thought this was a DLC thing...

Shishio817
Shishio817

Elder Scrolls V, please god! Though I'd enjoy another Fallout too; can't wait for this.

Dwarf86
Dwarf86

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Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

Ps lets hope they do a better job of porting it to PS3 this time too. I really wish they would make a dedicated version for it lazy monkeys...

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

OOhhh so by the sounds of it some of the original crew have their hands on this game!! The new engine coupled with the original minds could make for the greatest fallout ever in the history of the universe.... omg roll on 2010... Armegeddon here we come.

SipahSalar
SipahSalar

Bethesda gave the development to Obsidian because they already have their hands full working on the next Elder Scrolls game.

odys1994
odys1994

i think that the new fallout wil be like the first 2 and dfenately worse than the fallout 3!

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

I think it's a good time for a new Elder Scrolls also.

8smokes
8smokes

I'm really wondering how the format of the game is going to be for this game. Obviously it won't be like Fallout 3, b/c Betheseda has it's own engine, but I can't really see a modern game looking like Fallout 1& 2. Now don't get me wrong, those were both amazing games. But I'm looking for more than improved graphics.

VALENTT
VALENTT

why is that guy killing fawkes

sabaitis
sabaitis

I am definitely happy with the development team for New Vegas. Hopefully, it will be darker and more adult, like Fallout2- with lots of drugs and addicts, sex, gangs. Not like the sterile Falout3, where foul language is forced and only for show.

drunkenyak
drunkenyak

Hope I'm around to play this. At least we still got one more DLC for Fallout 3 to look forward to until then.

OmegaAK47
OmegaAK47

This should be good, I wonder if this one will have down loadable content.

funkyrandom
funkyrandom

itd be sick if it had co op coz i really wanted that in fallout 3

gedbyz
gedbyz

This is going to be totally awesome!

Strigidae
Strigidae

Fallout 3 is a awesome game. But I can't help but feel, sometimes, that it was a little unfinished. Well... that's just my opinion anyway.