If, like me, you loved Fallout 3
, then it's felt like forever since Fallout: New Vegas was announced.
There's a few bits of new and interesting information regarding the plot of the title however from Josh Sawyer, Projector Director at Obsidian. He and Feargus Urquhart (Obsidian CEO, Lead Designer on Fallout 2) and Pete Hines (Bethesda Marketing VP) who spoke to USA Today recently.
Fans of Fallout 3
will no doubt remember the game started with your birth, and a lengthy(ish) sequence followed which watched you grow up and begin to form your personality and sense of morality.
In Fallout: New Vegas
we're promised a swifter start which gets right down to it;
Fallout: New Vegas starts in a way that is basically an inversion of the beginning Fallout 3. In Fallout 3, you start out being born and raised. In Fallout: New Vegas, you start out by being shot in the head, dumped in the desert, rescued by a mysterious robot named Victor, and taken to Good Springs.
You are a courier, ambushed for the cargo he or she was carrying, and then left to die in the desert.
You get drawn into that conflict between the New California Republic and Caesar's Legion. That's basically the idea, that we start in a very Fallout way, a personal thing you're trying to figure out, and then you get caught up in something else.
The morality aspect of the game is set to be expanded and become more involving and complex as you are able to effectively choose a side between the New California Republic and Caesar's Legion. However as Josh Sawyer explains, it's not a case of 'black and white', 'good and bad';
We didn't want to make the player, when they go into it, just go "... I guess these are the bad guys. I'm gonna kill them, and help these guys because they're good."
There's a lot about sort-of political ideologies and who you want to help. Sometimes you call NCR and [they'll] screw over some people who are totally innocent. Sometimes you'll help Caesar's Legion, and it actually helps those guys out.
I can't wait to play this game and am considering starting a new Fallout 3 game in the meantime to tie me over. This promise of a deeper morality based world with political processes and complex balancing acts makes the game sound very appealing indeed from a RPG point of view.