Some readers will already have heard the sad news that Capital Wasteland, the Fallout 4 mod, looks like it’s not going to be completed after all because of “voice issues”.
If you weren’t aware of the project then it was in essence an attempt to recreate Fallout 3 within Fallout 4. Some may find this sort of thing a little senseless but the dedicated fans certainly didn’t. The advantage is in being able to replay old and cherished maps with new features, new gameplay options, superior graphics and generally upgraded technical components.
Unfortunately, after all the hours of hard work (a year to be precise!) to recreate the environment the project ran into problems when it came to the time to port over the voice audio files. When they contacted Bethesda Game Studios they simply couldn’t get their support. This meant that they could either create new voice content, which would obviously be a lot more work and come at a considerable price, or simply admit defeat, which reluctantly, they eventually did.
It’s sad to see this sort of thing happening as the game mod culture is an exciting and very creative one. There’s something actually quite heart-warming about the enthusiasm that goes into projects like this one and to see them effectively closed down by the very company that inspired them in the first place is a real shame. It’s understandable, and only right and proper, that copy rights are upheld; but one would have hoped that some friendly or inexpensive arrangement could have been reached here rather than mercilessly crushing the hopes and dreams of the developers and the community of Fallout fans.
At least we can still look forward to the Fallout 4: New Vegas mod though. Putting this game into the Fallout 4 engine will be a treat if it does end up getting completed and it will prove interesting to revisit the casinos. Many players were slightly miffed that there were no casinos in Fallout 4 and missed the in-game gambling options that they offered. Of course there were plenty of slightly know-it-all contributors on the forums suggesting that if players missed those features then they could just gamble elsewhere as there are plenty of US online casinos to choose from.
They’re right of course, and it’s a great way to alleviate the impatience of waiting for the next Fallout mod or game to be released, but that’s not quite the point. It would have made sense to include casinos or some gambling options in Fallout 4– it’s set in part in New England after all and America is notable for its gambling culture; only the other day President Trump’s aide was fired due to excessive gambling and the number of films set in Vegas is quite stupefying!