Obsidian hires on original Fallout lead designer

Tim Cain takes on senior programmer role at Fallout: New Vegas studio.

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After a four-year-long wait, NCsoft and Carbine Studios in August took the lid off their latest massively multiplayer online role-playing game, WildStar, from Fallout lead designer Tim Cain and City of Heroes executive producer Jeremy Gaffney. Cain, for one, won't be sticking around to see that game to its completion.

At Obsidian, Cain could return to the postapocalyptic franchise he helped create.

As first spotted by Rock Paper Shotgun, Cain has taken a position at Obsidian Entertainment as senior programmer. The information comes by way of the developer's LinkedIn profile, which also indicates that he departed Carbine in July 2011, one month shy of his six-year anniversary at the company.

Cain's arrival at Obsidian is a homecoming of sorts. The veteran designer made his name in the late '90s as lead developer on Interplay's lauded postapocalyptic role-playing game Fallout. After an extended hiatus, the franchise returned in 2008 with Bethesda Softworks' critically acclaimed release of Fallout 3.

Bethesda, which purchased the Fallout IP from Interplay in 2007, subsequently handed off that game's follow-up to Obsidian for Fallout: New Vegas, which received a positive critical reception upon its release last fall. Obsidian, of course, formed out of the remnants of Black Isle Studios, which developed Fallout 2.

Unfortunately, there is as yet no indication whether Cain will return to the franchise he once led development on. Currently, Obsidian's only known project is an adaptation of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time fantasy novels. However, CEO Feargus Urquhart has also indicated that the studio is working on a project for downloadable platforms.

Discussion

44 comments
Evtutchenk0
Evtutchenk0

now we only need Brian fargo and we are done.

apolloooo
apolloooo

great news, because the fact fallout 3 is inferior to new vegas

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

Obsidian should co-develop Fallout 4 dat's for sure. With creative direction and design from them and the power of Bethesda, they could make RPG to end all RPGs.

Laiska_pummi
Laiska_pummi

@killerlavaman I actually like the idea behind Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. It's going to be a good co-op kind of thing, not like Gears of War competive style.

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

@killerlavaman You could just not play the multiplayer. The games you listed were not affected at all by multiplayer.

megakick
megakick

Multiplayer is ok like Co-OP but a MMO? MMO bad idea.

sagelund
sagelund

@killerlavaman How do you know that multiplayer has ruined Mass Effect 3? The game isn't out yet, don't be so stubborn, at least not until they show some actually play, and give out more info. Your bias is getting ahead of you.

killerlavaman
killerlavaman

some games have a fine single player feel, add multiplayer just f***s it up, like bioshock 2, gta4, mass effect 3.

megakick
megakick

MMORPGs fail in comparison. MMORPGS are made to be a grind so players keep playing and spending.

megakick
megakick

Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is still awesome.

Psymon118
Psymon118

It'll be interesting to see but i hope they solve the crashing problem, maybe if they made it as a co-op feature like fable 3 or something (but not as crap) and then you'd have the level gap between players, still be worth a look

MN121MN
MN121MN

I still don't like the fact that Fallout is going online, it's failure percentage is quite high...

Vambran
Vambran

Hmm another fallout at this point would be like playing an expansion. Maybe wait till next gen hardware comes out?

Pumpkinhead3
Pumpkinhead3

I'm looking forward to Bethesda's next Fallout game as opposed to Obsidian's. Fallout 3 was so much better than new vegas for me.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Good news,he helped to create a great franchise,one of my favourites.New Vegas was a great RPG,one of the best I played in recent times,very deep and lenghty,full of exlporing and everything.Also,on PC,bugs werent THAT terrible,they ruined some immersion,but nothing too serious. @yasinizawesome 7.5 on consoles and 8.5 on PC IS a positive critical reception,so I dont understand your comment,you sound like those ppl who were arguing on inFamous 2 review,they sounded like 7.5 means a game sucks,and that is a huge mistake.The only thing dragging NV down were bugs,and aged graphical engine,but in a deep and complex RPG,graphics are not too important.It was still a huge sucess IMO.

yasinizawesome
yasinizawesome

"positive critical reception" are you kidding me GameSpot? you gave it a 7.5. Thank God i never watch your reviews they suck(no offense). i loved F:NV it is one of my favorite RPG games of all time.

thebanewolf
thebanewolf

New Vegas is easily one of my favorite games. I love Obsidian (Though Alpha Protocol made me a little nervous!) and hope they are going to continue doing games on existing engines so they can focus on their specialties like story.

MindlessTeef
MindlessTeef

I am still enjoying New Vegas and a long time fan of Black Isle and now, Obsidian. Best of luck to them and I'm glad they got Tim Cain back. Can't wait for the next Obsidian Fallout game (and Skyrim from Bethesda)... agree with the need for another game engine though.

CTR360
CTR360

make next fallout with skyrim engine or rage engine

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

Obsidians a good developer. but the poor guys got bad rep with kotor 2 being rushed. wasn't their fault, lucas arts' untalented greedy a$$e$ made them rush it unfinished. didn't even let them patch the game to finish it. idiots. Hope the best for these guys!

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

still playing new vegas..but please do another, same engine or new dont care, just do!

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

I just want next Fallout with Skyrim engine and visual graphics

freedomspopular
freedomspopular

Can't wait for a Fallout on the new engine, and I really hope Obsidian develops it. Fallout 3 was awesome, but Obsidian took an awesome formula and made it even better.

Barighm
Barighm

I dunno what this means for Obsidian. Yes, this is the same dev behind New Vegas, but it's also the same dev that brought us Alpha Protocol and Dungeon Siege 3. Always demo/rent Obsidian games before you buy them.

ziproy
ziproy

I gotta say Obsidian is one of my favorite companies. Even before New Vegas. Check them out

Albaficas
Albaficas

i want a GOOD fallout like the originals 1 and 2,not that fallout3 elder scrolls:Oblivion wannabe in the future

Omega_Zero69
Omega_Zero69

hopefully the next installment doesnt have bugs and glitches

vader501st
vader501st

They could really use a good, original lead designer. Everything Obsidian touches turns to ****

Decessus
Decessus

@Sgthombre Won't happen. Fallout 4 will be developed by Bethesda Game Studios. We may possibly see another Fallout offshoot like New Vegas though. With the success Obsidian had with New Vegas, it's not unreasonable to think that Bethesda would let Obsidian develop the next one as well.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

I'd love for Bethesda to give him to work on Fallout 4. Give the man Fallout's success another shot.

beast70
beast70

@Allan_X sadly if im correct Bethesda can only make one more fallout game then it reverts back to interplay they baught the rights for 3 games sofar 2 have been made 3 and NV so i hope your correct but we will have to see, there is also the lawsuite going on between bethesda and interplay.

Allan_X
Allan_X

I can see it now. Bethesda does Fallout 4 using the Skyrim engine, and then Obsidian does a follow-up to New Vegas using the same. Ahh. It's such a good decade to be a gamer.

deathstream
deathstream

@X_Colbert_X I concur. As I was trudging through Deus Ex: Look How Stupid My Limbs Look, I kept thinking that most of the good things about the game had been done better by Alpha Protocol. Yes, they were clearly new to the Unreal Engine, but I felt that AP 2 would have been unbelievably good. Obsidian also tends to get crucified for sequels that have the same bugs as their over-praised predecessors from other developers.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

I wonder if they'll do Fallout Online. Fallout 4 would be awesome.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

I can't help but feel bad for Obsidian as a developer. The majority of their projects are often sequels or spin-offs wildly popular and critically acclaimed games. When their games come out, they're generally held to the standards of their predecessor, despite the fact that they aren't the same developer as those titles. And the one original IP they did release, Alpha Protocol, was critically panned and failed to move enough units for Sega to warrant a sequel. It's a shame, really, because AP was--in my opinion--a VERY good game. Sure, some of the design mechanics fell completely flat, but it is still to-date the best example of how player's free choices SHOULD affect an RPG. That being said, this should prove to be a great addition to the Obsidian team and I wish them all the best of luck! :)

murdock_rane
murdock_rane

Well anything this guy gets in on should be good.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

They really need to make a Fallout 4!

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

Cant wait!!! Obsidian is so awesome. I love the Wheel of Time books, an rpg from the underrated Obsidian would be fantastic. Also I hope Obsidian gets to work on Fallout4, New Vegas was better then Fallout3 in every single way possible (besides fallout3 having better radio stations).

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Loved Fallout: New Vegas....when it wasn't a steaming pile of bugs...

collinmul
collinmul

Loved Fallout: New Vegas. I really hope Obsidian gets to make another Fallout game after Bethesda's inevitable Fallout 4. If memory serves, wasn't Bethesda looking to purchase Obsidian during their run of recent acquisitions? Now you'd think there'd be even more reason to believe the Fallout franchise would be in good hands down the road for a post Fallout 4 title...