We look at 5 of the most interesting games that never were.
Five Places Fallout Could Go
5. Anchorage – The US-Chinese War of 2076/2077 was partially explored in the Operation Anchorage DLC for Fallout 3 but how about a full Fallout game set in the state of Alaska centuries after the bombs dropped? Sure, Alaska wouldn’t have been in the direct line of fire but that just make it all the more interesting.
How has the frozen tundra evolved? How have the wolves and bears mutated? What of across the border in Canada, a country invaded by the US in the Fallout timeline and likely therefore a target to some degree for the Chinese?
4. London – A decimated London was shown off in Mass Effect 3, but what about a Fallout twist? In Fallout 3 Alistair Tenpenny emigrates from the UK to the Capital Wasteland. Even if he saw an opportunity for Tenpenny Tower before he moved you’d have to wonder just how bad Western Europe must be in the Fallout universe to warrant a move to an area with Enclave forces and deathclaws.
There’s also Moriarty whose dreadfully fake Irish accent would also seem to suggest there was some cause to cross the highly irradiated pond. It might also shine more light on the European Commonwealth, Fallout’s version of the European Union – though one in possession of a united military force which was utilised in the Resource Wars.
3. New York – So good, they nuked it twice. Or at the very least it would likely be a high priority target for the Chinese. New York is, of course, home to the UN headquarters, which we’re told was transformed into a toy store after the UN was dismantled in 2052.
Another interesting aspect of setting a future game in New York is the city’s large Chinese population. We saw the internment camps for Chinese citizens in Point Lookout, but in such an integrated city as New York how were their lives affected by the growing hostilities between the US and China? It’s also likely there would Chinese infiltrators and propaganda outlets such as the Mama Dolce factory in Fallout 3.
2. Boston – Home of the Commonwealth and rumoured to be the setting of the next Fallout, Boston might allow for a more radical break from the series than what has come before. The retro-future tech of other Fallout games might be replaced with the advanced cybernetics and other technologies hinted at in the Harkness missions of Fallout 3.
Obviously if Bethesda choose to go down this route they would need to be careful not to anger fans by producing too radical a departure from series’ norms, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t scope for innovation.
The Commonwealth’s practice of keeping android slaves would also open up a game set in this region to great moral implications and would almost certainly prove pivotal to the game’s core story.
1. Beijing – The least likely option on this list, but also perhaps the most interesting. Fallout has shown us how America prepared for the war; the Vaults, the internment camps, Liberty Prime and the propaganda. But what of the Chinese, what did they do when nuclear conflict seemed inevitable?
What sparked their decision to invade Alaska?
A Fallout title set in Beijing would show us what the Asian nation was up to before the war as well as granting us a look at their society. Were they as atom-obsessed as the Americans are made out to be? Did they attack America using conventional means specifically because they wanted to avoid a nuclear holocaust?
All of these options could be explored in a Fallout located in the Oriental city.