As the countdown clock for Fallout 76 starts to hit the single digits, some of you might not be feeling as excited as you were when, say, Fallout 4 launched. And that’s completely understandable, some people enjoy exploring the world of ESO, while others simply boot-up Skyrim again. If you’re one of the latter, then you’ll want to hear more about Fallout New California.
While this counts, technically, as a mod for Fallout New Vegas it is anything but that. Fallout New California has been in development for the past 7 years, which means that if it was a child it would be in grade 1 right now. That just astounds me! It has full voice acting, a fully thought-out plot with its own fully developed location, called The Pass, and NPCs and enemies… it is, as Radian-Helix Media has stated many times, basically a standalone campaign.
The story of FNC is set during the aftermath of the NCR-Enclave War, 20 years after the events of Fallout 2, and leads into the events of New Vegas. You will play as an orphaned survivor that was adopted by the Wasteland Scouts from Vault 18 high in the San Bernardino Mountains. And while you and your generation were raised to explore the world outside of the fault, the Wasteland Scouts before you made enemies who are out for your blood.
For every story, you need a big bad to hunt and overcome, and in FNC his name is Juan Elsdragon, a raider warlord. He controls a vast network, the Raider Alliance, which is made up of “various tribes washed away by the NCR’s pacification efforts, bolstered by hundreds of survivalists who resist the taxes and cultural erasure the NCR represents”. Sounds like quite the fight waiting for you.
After seven long, hard years filled (no doubt) with buckets of blood, sweat and tears the game is finally released. Although the game doesn’t require any other mods to run, Radian-Helix did make a ‘recommended’ list if players want to get the best experience out of their creation. If you want to get your hands on it, head over here and read all the instructions at the bottom! The avid modders should also check out the FAQ section to see which mods are incompatible with FNC before they start.