Tim Cain takes on senior programmer role at Fallout: New Vegas studio.
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.
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.
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.
@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.
@killerlavaman You could just not play the multiplayer. The games you listed were not affected at all by multiplayer.
@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.
some games have a fine single player feel, add multiplayer just f***s it up, like bioshock 2, gta4, mass effect 3.
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
Hmm another fallout at this point would be like playing an expansion. Maybe wait till next gen hardware comes out?
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
i want a GOOD fallout like the originals 1 and 2,not that fallout3 elder scrolls:Oblivion wannabe in the future
@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.
I'd love for Bethesda to give him to work on Fallout 4. Give the man Fallout's success another shot.
@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.
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.
@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.
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! :)
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).
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...
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