Fallout: New California, the prequel mod for Bethesda Softworks Fallout: New Vegas, has been in development for almost a decade, but is now moving into the beta stage. Bethesda developed Fallout 3 and 4, and in addition to these titles, Obsidian Entertainment developed Fallout: New Vegas, the fourth main (but first non-numbered) instalment in the franchise, which was released in 2010.

Obsidian hoped to be able to return to the ongoing series, and develop another Fallout game, possibly even a sequel to New Vegas – but Bethesda had different plans.

The company went into development on Fallout 4 not long after New Vegas’ release, and eventually released the title in 2015 – but since then, there hasn’t been much news on the future of the franchise, aside from updates and new content additions to Fallout 4.

However, fans may soon be able to return to New Vegas in an upcoming prequel mod which has been in the pipeline for a very long time.

Project leader for Fallout: New California, Brandan Lee, gave an update on the prequel mod on Mod DB last week, revealing that the Beta 200 is now fully playable from start to finish, so they are near the final stages of completion:

“So, after many years, not only is BETA 200 playable from start to end credits with no major interruptions but it’s stable and finally coming together as a finished thing. We still have bugs, and we still have defects, but it’s approaching a level of polish you’d expect from a release ready product most of the time.”

The Fallout: New Vegas prequel contains an entirely new story, adding a new character and an incredible 14,000 lines of new dialogue – about a quarter of the dialogue included in Fallout 4. As it stands, Fallout: New California is “so replete with branching narratives, it gets extremely dense.” With so many branching storylines leading to 12 different endings, they are looking to streamline the game, but right now, there’s enough content in the mod to roughly equal a quarter of a triple-A game.

Perhaps the release of Fallout: New California will prompt Obsidian to pursue a New Vegas 2, but if not, it will at least keep fans busy until Bethesda return to the Fallout franchise in the future.

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