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The 6 most bold Fallout mods at present in growth

The Fallout series has taken players through the post-apocalyptic remains of Washington DC, Vegas, California, Boston, and the hills of West Virginia, but there are still so many places they haven’t disappeared. You can’t lie on Miami Beach and get a (radioactive) tan, climb Seattle’s Space Needle, or enjoy the fallouts in front of Bethesda in full 3D glory. But modders are working to change that.

If you’ve been a Vegas Strip veteran, blown up Megaton, and even met all of Fallout 76’s wastelanders, then you’ll have to wait a long time for the next Fallout game. Bethesda is currently focused on Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 will likely be the next project. Unless another studio is secretly signed up for the next fallout, it’s at least a few years away.

Thankfully, the modding community has ambitions beyond fun randomizer mods and weapons that fire baseballs (although these are good too). These expansive mods promise dramatic changes to existing games, including “Total Conversions” with their own stories, environments, quests, factions, and music. There are plenty of new adventures in The Wasteland to look forward to, and we’ve highlighted the most ambitious ones below.

Fallout: Cascadia

Time in development: 5+ years
Estimated release date: None
Playable: No

Fallout: Cascadia is a total conversion mod for Fallout 4 in Seattle after the war. It aims to have new weapons, factions, armor, characters, and its own branching main story. Fallout: Cascadia will take place in 2329, roughly 40 years after the events of Fallout 4 and over 200 years after Fallout 76. The development team promises a world that is “almost twice the size of Fallout 4”.

Unfortunately, there’s no set release date for Fallout: Cascadia, and the story doesn’t seem to be finished yet – the team didn’t look for more authors until March 2021. Still, the social media pages and website of the mod reveal a lot of the work already done. Sections from Des Moines, Seattle, Mercer Island, Kent, and Redmond have been added to the game, as well as some original weapons and armor. Fallout: Cascadia even has its own instrumental score.

While you can’t play Fallout: Cascadia just yet, the team has released some content in the form of independent mods for Fallout 4, including NCR armor and updated miniguns.

Fallout: Miami

Time in development: 3+ years
Estimated release date: None
Playable: No

Fallout: Miami is currently one of the most anticipated Fallout 4 mods in the “Vacation Wasteland” of the former Miami Beach. There will be two main factions: the “nomadic, automobile-worshiping” Nuclear Patriots and the favorite villains of the Fallout franchise, the Enclave. The mod will also have its own ambient soundtrack.

There’s no release date for Fallout Miami yet, but just like Fallout Cascadia, the team is releasing some smaller components as independent mods (like the quad barrel shotgun). Unlike some other total conversion mods, Fallout Miami continues the story of the Sole Survivor from Fallout 4, making it more like an official DLC.

Fallout: The Limit

Time in development: 5 years
Release date: January 2021
Playable: Yes

Fallout: The Frontier is possibly the most significant mod ever released for Fallout: New Vegas. It is now available and playable. Set in Portland, Oregon, the mod includes three main quest lines, 150+ new weapons, 24,000 lines of voiced dialogue, moving vehicles, and even space battles.

Screenshot shows a soldier walking in a dimly lit hallway

(Image credit: Fallout: The Frontier)

The Frontier was released in January 2021 after years of development, but was immediately criticized for some story elements and dialogue after it was discovered that one of the mod’s developers put “animated pedophile content” online. The mod was delisted as the other developers worked to remove this single modder’s posts. The team reorganized itself in February with new contributors and is currently working on rewriting stories and new elements. While you can now play Fallout: The Frontier, it may be better to wait for future updates.

Fallout 4: New Vegas

Time in development: 3+ years
Estimated release date: None
Playable: No

Fallout 4: New Vegas isn’t exactly a new adventure – it’s a rework of Fallout: New Vegas in Fallout 4. It would be ambitious to port the content from New Vegas to the newer engine from Fallout 4, but the mod team would it is also recreating most of the game’s artwork and assets from scratch.

Fallout 4: The creators of New Vegas haven’t indicated how far the project has progressed. However, judging by the development time of these other ambitious mods, you shouldn’t expect it to happen anytime soon.

Capital wasteland

Time in development: 4+ years
Estimated release date: None
Playable: Partially

Capital Wasteland is another remaster project that aims to bring most of the Fallout 3 environments and content into Fallout 4. It is possibly the most ambitious Fallout mod currently in development as the team plans to re-add all of Fallout 3’s roughly 45,000 voice lines, largely to avoid legal issues with Bethesda. Capital Wasteland is also planning to recreate some of the Fallout 3 DLC, including Point Lookout.

There’s no release date for the entire mod yet, but the development team has released nearly 20 smaller mods for various weapons, creatures, companions, and workshop items. The volume of content already published is much larger than any of the other projects on this list, which is a good sign that Capital Wasteland is making it to the finish line. All that remains to be published is the complete package.

Fallout 4: Project Arroyo

Time in development: 2+ years
Estimated release date: None
Playable: No

The Arroyo project is still in the early stages of development with the goal of redefining Fallout 2 in the Fallout 4 engine. Fallout 2 was a 3D isometric game. In contrast to the remaster attempts for New Vegas and Fallout 3, Project Arroyo does not have a fully 3D environment as a template. The team also plans to implement some of the content cut from Fallout 2 (e.g. an Environmental Protection Agency facility) and entirely new locations.

Concept art for a Red Rocket gas station

(Photo credit: Fallout 4: Project Arroyo)

Project Arroyo hasn’t released much in-game material or trailers yet, so a release date is likely a long way off. Still, the early Fallout games would likely benefit the most from a 3D remaster, so Project Arroyo is totally worth keeping an eye on.

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