A new mod for Fallout 4 is turning heads online, as it explores what became of New York City, New York in the world of Fallout. Titled Fallout: New York, the expansion mod does not yet have a release date. Despite this, it has earned a good deal of attention given its ambitious nature and the stunning visuals of what has been completed so far.
The Fallout games are set in a post-apocalyptic Earth where a nuclear war between the United States and China forever changed the world. Based in equal parts on Atomic Age science fiction and the Mad Max films, the games see the player taking on the role of a character of their own design, who must traverse the hazards of the wasteland and triumph over some evil that threatens to destroy what last remnants of humanity still survive. The series has a devout fan following among computer gamers, thanks to an active group of amateur game designers, who have created their own modifications (or mods) to the original games and continue to produce new material for it including explorations of whole regions outside of the original games' settings. To date, the Fallout games have explored the radioactive ruins of what was California, Washington D.C., Boston and Las Vegas.
PC Gamer recently reported upon the progress of Fallout: New York. A trailer revealing some of the module was published back in May and can be viewed above. While most of the trailer is concerned with a fire-fight with a group of ghouls within a corner grocery store, the battle does eventually head outside, where one can see something of the skyscrapers of Manhattan in the background.
Reportedly, Fallout: New York will start out set in Central Park and build outward from there. The plan is to slowly expand the module to include the rest of the city, one borough at a time. Eventually the module will also come to incorporate the New York City subway system, producing a number of subterranean "dungeons." It is possible, as in Fallout 3's Capitol Wasteland, that some areas of the city may only be accessible by traveling through the dangerous underground tunnels.
While Fallout: New York is still far from complete, what has been revealed so far suggests it will be a worthy addition to the lore of the series, even if it is not officially approved as a Fallout 4 expansion. It speaks to the popularity and power of the series that so many fans are willing to create a mod for the sheer fun of it, though Bethesda did recently institute an online program that allows mod-makers the ability to seek donations for their work and hired on some of the better mod-makers to work for them. Given that love and sense of encouragement, the future of the Fallout franchise is ironically looking bright.
Source: PC Gamer