Three years after Fallout 4's acclaimed release, fans can feel the "fallout" in a new mod that is bigger than Bethesda's official DLCs for the game. With MMO Fallout 76 on the horizon for later this year, this new mod promises to tide players over until they can head back into the Wasteland for the franchise's first multiplayer experience.
After Fallout 4 neatly wrapped up the main campaign of the Sole Survivor, gamers were treated to both the Far Harbor and Nuka-World DLCs. Apparently, both of these will seem minuscule in scale compared to the sprawling backdrop of Northern Springs. As everyone patiently waits for Fallout 76, now seems like the perfect time to revisit the rest of the series and try something new.
Finding a home at the top left corner of the Fallout 4 map, Northern Springs is taking a leaf out of Game of Thrones' book and the motto of "Winter is Coming." According to NexusMods, Northern Springs is set in a nuclear winter and is the brainchild of uber-fan jshrapnelc. The mod adds three new settlements, over 25 quests, and four (voiced) followers, too. The site describes Northern Springs as follows:
“A massive DLC which adds a whole new location larger than both Nuka World and Far Harbor. An enormous land to explore with new quests, new weapons, new armour, settlements and much more to find. A true DLC that naturally expands & adds beyond the Commonwealth further to the North.”
Currently in its beta phase for Fallout 4 on PC, Northern Springs is said to have taken jshrapnelc over two years to complete - and it sure shows. Recommended for players with a level above 40, jshrapnelc intends Northern Springs to run after the story's conclusion.
The Vault-Tec Rep from the start of the game is back, and what's more, he is an unlockable companion for Northern Springs. There is also the addition of four new jobs for the sole survivor, meaning that players can try their hand at being a generic book collector or more exciting careers like cage fighter, Dethclaw hunter, and bounty hunter.
As with all beta mods, there are a few bugs and the Sole Survivor isn't voiced at the moment, but the project is an ambitious continuation of Bethesda's world. In fact, Northern Springs is so detailed, it even includes its own electro-synth soundtrack to go with the icy climes of this cold snap. More than just a pet project, jshrapnel promises that this is just the start of Northern Springs and there will be plenty more to come.
E3 2018 was huge for Bethesda as it announced Fallout 76 the long-awaited Starfield, and The Elder Scrolls VI. The company has also promised that Fallout 5 is in the works somewhere down the line to hopefully follow in the traditional footsteps of Fallout 4. Importantly though, mods like jshrapnel's show that fans haven't given up on the studio's previous titles. Just like Elder Scrolls is frequently given a new lease of life by modders, the legacy of Fallout 4 continues to live on as Bethesda moves forwards.