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Project Spotlight: Fallout London

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Fallout: London is a highly ambitious project aimed at creating the city of London (post-apocalypse of course) in Fallout 4. They have been showcasing their development since their announcement and have recently released a gameplay trailer. We have the privilege and pleasure to be talking to the project lead of Fallout: London today about their development and what to expect from this game sized mod.




Prilladog, thanks for chatting with us during this busy time for you. Fallout: London was first revealed during last year's E3. Can you tell us a bit about how this project started and how it has evolved over time?

The project in its form today started in 2019, originally as a conversation with one of my friends about the idea of an Atom-Punk London. Simple chats about the double-decker buses, the landmarks, the Queen, all of it. That really set the seed. And whilst I went away backpacking, I couldn't stop thinking of the idea. We'd started getting a team together to discuss the plausibility of everything, but it was only when I got grounded by the pandemic did the project truly begin to become what it is now. We've worked tirelessly to make this the best Fallout 4 mod there is and we hope, in the snippets everyone has seen, that they see how much work and passion has gone into this.

The scope of this mod is incredible. You have shown us areas like Eastminster, the Tower of London and much more. How large would you say the world will be in comparison to that of Fallout 4?

We aimed originally to have a main world space the same size as the base vanilla game, which we more than achieved. From end to end, the map is as large as the Commonwealth. But we also have 5 'hub' worlds - think Diamond City, but larger. If you were to combine all of those, they are roughly the size of Far Harbour. So, Fallout: London in its entirety is about the size of the Commonwealth and Far Harbour combined.

 


The previously mentioned areas are only a few of the iconic landmarks present in London. What others have you included in your world and how have you tackled introducing them?

The divergence is an aspect of the Fallout lore which we have adhered to 100% As such, all of the historical buildings you'd expect are there. Big Ben, St Paul’s, British Museum etc. But we have even included the ones only a person from London might recognise, like UCL or the Cutty Sark. Due to the split in time, however, it has allowed us to diverge the newer buildings and create some cool and Atom-Punk styled landmarks, such as a revised Millennium Dome, the Shard and One Canada Water.

 


Obviously the setting of this mod is unlike any previous Fallout. What are your favourite new ideas that you have been able to introduce as a result of the mod being set in the UK? And what classic Fallout tropes have British counterparts?

My personal favourite idea that we’ve included is 'The Family' from the Protect and Survive series. We were lucky enough that all of the content regarding it was fully in the public domain, so its inclusion (especially since Vault-Boy was loosely based on them) seemed obvious. For anyone who saw our gameplay trailer, you'll notice a distinct lack of Vault-Tec and Vault-Boy, instead, you'll notice the Pindar stations and 'The Family' from the Protect and Survive series.

As we all know, British weather has its own special rainy charm. What sort of weather can we expect in the post-apocalyptic UK?

For the ease of filming, we decided to use a brighter day so you can see everything more clearly in the train section of the video. For the entirety of the game, however, you can certainly expect that those bright days will be few and far between. Those classic grey skies and rain will certainly be a mainstay of the mod. We are also utilising, with permission, some of the weather systems included in the Polluted Climates mod which is already on the Nexus. Most excitingly, however, we are also planning to include a new system which utilises an 'Acid Rain' mechanic.

 


Weather variance can change a lot in a game's feel. With this in mind, what kind of biomes have you created for players to explore and immerse themselves in?

We realised quite early on that playing in only London's city centre would be both boring and bad on the FPS. As such, we extended the world map out to include some of the greener areas around Wandsworth and Bromley - this should allow the player to really get a different feel than that in the centre. We also have distinct biomes such as the fracked land over in Croydon, and the Blight in Greenwich.

 


Congratulations on your recent gameplay trailer, which has received nearly 2 million views. In it, we can see that you capture the eerie sense of mystery that is so common to typical Fallout game starts. Would you say that the intrigue between Mr Smythe and the Wayfarer will be the driving force of the story, and has it taken inspiration from other games or will it go in a new direction?

Whilst one cannot deny the importance of Smythe, nor the mystery that surrounds them, it is not the be-all and end-all of the mod. In fact, we made sure that our story worked similar to that of Fallout: New Vegas, in which each of the faction’s leaders are vying for power and are all as important as each other. We wanted to do this so the player can really feel the consequences of their actions when they interact with one of the main factions.

 


We also saw from the trailer that you cast Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, known to fans of the Doctor Who series as the Sixth and Seventh incarnations of the Doctor, to voice the two scientists who take the player character through the customization process. How did they get involved with the project?

When working with famous people, it is worth remembering that at the end of the day, they are just humans. If you can get in contact with them and pitch your idea, they alone will decide if they are interested in helping you or not - it really is that simple. The real challenge is obviously getting in contact in the first place, as well as getting past their agents. For example, we did reach out to Liam Neeson. However, he informed us he didn't wish to be a part of the series anymore; we respected that choice and are just thankful he gave us the time in the first place. But if you don't ask, you don't get.

It seems from your logo, as well as the phrase "Mind the gap", that the London Underground is an important part of your mod. Can you elaborate on what role the Underground will play in this world you have created?

We would be foolish not to have such a famous transportation network featured in the mod. The 'tube' really is the lifeline of London, and this is no different in the mod. The original plan was to make the Underground work like in Fallout 3, in order to cut down what we needed to build, but after time we realised - why not have both? Thus, the underground system will work closer to how it does in Fallout 4, as dungeons and hideouts, but also have elements of Fallout 3 where it will help you get to closed-off areas.

 


What are some of the greatest challenges your team have faced on this journey and what are the most daunting obstacles still to come?

The most daunting challenge for our team is making sure we create something that everyone enjoys. The entire purpose of the mod was to make something that people will have fun playing and can enjoy immersing themselves in. We have never done this for fame, glory or industry jobs - the fact it's happened is a bit mind-boggling, to be honest. Our only intention was to develop the best project we can for the community, and that will forever be our greatest challenge.

We know that a release date is not something that can be indicated for a fan-made project as large as this one, but how far along in the process would you say you are roughly?

Actually, we can indicate a release date! We will be announcing our planned release window during our panel at the FalloutForHope event with Wes Johnson's "VoiceAPalooza", which aims to raise money for charity. We hope to see everyone there!

You have previously released several standalone mods that are part of the larger project such as the Bren gun mod and the You got a licence for that pack. Are there any more upcoming standalone mods we can look forward to?

Certainly. Due to the pandemic, our last 'Roadmap' got side-lined quite significantly and although we finished it, it wasn't without its delays. However, the new one we are planning to announce should be smooth sailing and bring plenty of new outfits and weapons for everyone to use.

 
 


If other modders want to help and make Fallout: London a success, how can they get involved?

We are very much getting to the end of development in a lot of departments. However, if you're a level designer, a scripter or an animator please drop us a message on our Discord or over on our Website!

Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. Is there anything you and your team would like to convey to the Nexus Mods community?

The biggest point we’d like to convey is just to help us spread the word about the mod. We do this for the community and the more people who know about it, the more people will play it - and that’s all we’ve ever wanted!


A big thank you to Prilladog from Team FOLON for taking the time to talk to us! If there's an author or mod project you'd like to know more about, send your suggestions to Happybara

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  1. Omegawolfben
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    I hope other mods will work with this like other weapons or even face presets etc
  2. LuigisSpagetis
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    so just normal london?
  3. Sinphase
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    Well my job is software engineer, leader animator, level desing. I might speak with 'em on Discord.
  4. Etterra
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    Well the UI and subtitles look completely wrong, and what's with those perk animations? Is it supposed to be because Vvault-Tec isn't a player in the UK? I hope they have a toggle to fix it to Fallout standard, because it looks absolutely terrible.
    1. DarthNyriss
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      Last thing first.  Fallout 'standard'?  No two Bethesda Fallouts look the same.  Obsidian made New Vegas, it doesn't look the same as Fallout 4.  So what's 'standard'?  Vault-Tec:  if you knew anything about the lore behind the Fallout universe, you'd know Vault-Tec works with the U.S. Government.  It wouldn't exist in the U.K.  There isn't ANYTHING set in another country before London, so the designers are free to make up their own.  The perk animations - Well, since this is almost a completely different game than Fallout 4, they're doing things their way.  This isn't like you can go from the Commonwealth to the U.K.  This is a seperate game based on the FO4 engine.

      As for the subtitles, do NOT get me started on the English language, it's dialects, and it's uses.  The U.S. didn't invent the language - just keep that in mind.
    2. GAC1337
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      This has to be a troll account. No one is this stupid...
    3. daddyattitude
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      I am not so sure that it is a 'troll' account, but I think it is similar to me as far as putting things into words. [Dyslexic before it was discovered as a learning disability]
      Americans did butcher the Queens English which everyone did speak in the early colonial days. The "American Language" developed over time as the country grew.
    4. salmonenjoyer3
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      they're based off of midcentury british graphic design, like how vault boy was based off of american 50s design
  5. bethesdanewsnetwork2
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    This is a dumb mod because lore wise, only the US would have vaults and companies like vault tec
    1. PegasusKoga
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      And this is a dumb remark because the authors have clearly stated several times that there would be no trace of vaults or Vault-Tec in Fallout: London.

      Maybe inform yourself better next time before bad-mouthing a project such as this.
    2. AceGoober
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      As far as Fallout lore goes and my knowledge of it, Vault-Tec only had a U.S. presence. Would've been cool if there was a world presence but I'm unsure if developers thought about that at the time.
    3. PlanetAMV
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      besides, since the rest of the world is so incredibly unexplored, england might have their own nuclear bunker system in place, so they could still explore "vault" like things, but maybe not as cruel as vault-tec.... but then again... england in on itself is already a cruel experiment, isn't it?
  6. 1milliondildos
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    Feels like you should replace the ghouls with soccer hooligans since it is set in britbong after all. 
    1. BlueBearOne
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      OoOoOoOoOo....you might be on to something there!  Instead of football.....Fallout London should have kickable....wait for it.....

      footBOMBs!

      Now that I think of it...those little shapes on a soccerball kinda make it reminiscent of a nuclear core....maybe that was what they were planning all along!  
  7. HenryArchy
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    I am not an IT guy... but I believe... believe ie, that every game can only spiced up by incredible gameplay... ... how 'stories' or games operate, which was what made Wasteland I stood out amongst the mundane games in the 80s, and what made Fallout 2 stood out even in the days of 3D games; so in this I am one of those who can 'design'.

    Anyway, I need to point out something I expect of Fallout 4 London... ... The government of England may be the least prepared for a fallout despite being a serious ally to USA... yet London is still London, so if you set Fallout in London you must observe that:

    1. It is almost a must that a secret government anti-nuke facility or room or space must exist behind a secret passage at the president's residential area. Even Hitler had one.

    2. During WWII, anti-nuke or bombardment facilities should be a concern, so... ... London as the capital must have a 'population' or area which have generations over 200 years of 'usual way of life'. In fact, there will be a need to have a small place totally untouched (or rebuilt over 200 years) by such a community. 

    3. Since if London 'enjoyed' Fallout, the most possible nuking side will be the Russians, which also means... ... Russian ghoul spies, Russian nuke parts in Russian words, and you can have Russian paratroopers... in London before the nukes.

    4. England is famous for dungeons... ... especially under churches, if no ghosts, there will be expectations to at least see fanatics and such running about... or a major hall so lavishly decorated in a ruined church, with a new order or orders with tons of quests... ...

    5. England is also a major hub for cults... in music and arts as well, the culture of London will decide if this is just another mini-Boston.

    And indeed, as towards Fallout 4 Mojave, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta, London is most anticipated... ... and once it is released, however... at least one year will be delayed before I install the mod. Come on, there will be a need for major bugs to surface, including CTD bugs (maybe due to other mods), which will be needing attention.

    I sincerely wish your team the best. 

    Oh... one last thing... ... Teleportation of synths and the appearance of BOS shouldn't be in London... ... and due to the Fallout, you can expect EU or European adventurers to venture into London... ... it is very European nature to explore and 'colonise' ; I am also very anticipating towards how the Irish and Scotts be doing at London... ...

    To be honest... when I heard about your team doing Fallout 4 London... ... I was kinda 'Oh gosh...', because unlike USA, England through history has too much with Europe, and once London is nuked... ... the cultural or even internal factional situation will blow into London quickly, not to mention over 200 years... that not a single Irish will try set foot in London to establish themselves, or no French groups will move in... ... 

    Which is, London will be a very very very very very deep mod if anyone wanna touch on London, and your team just did.

    It is so complicated that your team will have to do a 'national guard' or something to explain how London remains isolated over 200 years. 

    USA is easy... because we can assume both Russian and Chinese nukes combined in quantity to bring it into none-existence... ... and even affect nearby Latin American bordering area... alongside with Canada. 

    But London is not USA, it has also dependenies on navies, and nuke area is condoned off by the seas, so usual marine transportation from Europe mainland is easily intact... almost immediately after the fallout. 

    That's why you have a very very very challenging choice made, which is why I am very very very eager to see how London is made. 

    All the best.
  8. AceGoober
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    Fallout: London is one of my most anticipated mods for Fallout 4. The preview and gameplay videos hooked me right in.

    When this mod is released I'm uninstalling every mod, wiping Fallout 4 then reinstalling fresh to get the full benefit of playing the mod with stock gear. That doesn't mean to say mods will be installed at a later date. :D
    1. rjcraft16
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      You read my mind brother, I will be doing the same thing!!
  9. aswaggingfish
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    some nsfw mods would go very well with this
    1. Dogmeaty
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      Hormy
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      horny
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      horny
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      ?????
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      ghoul vagina here i come
  10. Pickysaurus
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    Looks great! Can't wait to nose around London in the Fallout universe. 

    Will there be a greater emphasis on melee combat as firearms aren't as commonplace in the UK?  
    1. Eysenbeiss
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      doublette
    2. Eysenbeiss
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      The UK might not have similar weapon laws, but it is not that big either, thus having a dense system of military bases.
    3. scottyus1
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      +1 .. I have to admit .. I'd love to see it more Melee focused. 
    4. Loveblanket
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      Firearms are not that rare in the UK, there's just a deeper process to getting them, but there's still a military, there would still be illegal weapons, plus this is a society that was mobilized for resources wars across Europe and into the Middle East so I would expect heavier arms to be more common though I agree I'd like to see more melee options in all the Fallout games and far less ammo.
    5. imitenotbecrazy
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      Remember, anything after the divergence could change what is the norm. Easily gives them leverage to say the UK started to allow personal defense firearms at some point int hat universe
    6. txd123451
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      No pun intended >_<
    7. chrisrlink
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      yeah your right considering Zombi (U) had guns too iirc and that's also is based in London also is it safe to keep thee dlc installed for this mod or will it break the game being a total conversion?