Fallout Fantasy: Brotherhood of Steel
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|Editorial posted by DarkUnderlord
||Sun 06 Feb 2005, 6:20 PM
|More info on Company: Interplay | More info on Game: Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
|NOTE: This article originally appeared on Fan Made Fallout.
Once upon a time (or to be more exact, about the 11th of April 2002), a
Rabbid Fallout Newsie named Killian received a tidbit of information
regarding a new Fallout title in the works, called "Fallout Fantasy".
He posted this information at his GSI Hosted (GameSpy Industries)
|In the Beginning... wrote:
|Your Worst Nightmare - 11:18 PST - Killian - 82 Comments
Your worst nightmare's have been realized kids. Fallout's going to
the console. Well let's start with the rumours about Fallout Fantasy
|Fallout Fantasy Revealed? [09:58 AM EDT (Frans) April 11, 2002] - 13 Comments *
French site Overgame.com reports
that a new release schedule they received from Virgin Interactive,
which distributes Interplay's games in Europe, contains an entry for
Fallout Fantasy, a role-playing game in development at Black Isle
Studios for a September 2002 release. Here is a rough Babel Fish
translation of the story, which doesn't offer further facts on the game
as Virgin Interactive refused to comment, but speculates this is the
official title of the Fallout 3 game that was mentioned in several
recent Q&As (story, story). It is expected that the game will be
presented at next month's E3 trade show in Los Angeles.
This is from Blues News. Thanks to Warren Ransom and Wormwood for mailing this to me. Want to read the article go here.
THE FACTS as stated by an Interplay employee on the condition of anonymity:
- FALLOUT FANTASY IS IN DEVELOPMENT
- FALLOUT FANTASY IS USING THE DARK ALLIANCE ENGINE
- FALLOUT FANTASY IS IN DEVELOPMENT FOR A CONSOLE (MOST LIKELY PS2)
- FALLOUT FANTASY IS BEING DEVELOPED BY DIGITAL MAYHEM
- FALLOUT FANTASY WILL MOST LIKELY BE AN ACTION RPG
Further solidifying this rumour:
JE Sawyer states very publicly,
"We are announcing one external
project at E3, the project which Feargus previously has called
"Quincy". We are not the developers of that project. No, no, no."
Of course, this falls in line with what I just posted. External
project being developed by Digital Mayhem. Digital Mayhem being the
same company that brought us exciting titles like RUN LIKE HELL,
Virtual Pool III, and Super Runabout (yet more running, apparently.)
If you want to read the original post yourself at the old DAC, you can get it from the Internet Archive here.
As you can imagine at this stage, the proverbial hit the fan. The old Black-Isle Studio Forums exploded. Unfortunately, most of the threads were either locked or out-right deleted. All that's left now is this surviving thread.
From memory, there were at least another 2 threads of about 15 pages
each on the subject. Mainly concerning Interplay, whores and the
Fallout license, throw in some BIS fanboys shouting "they can do no
wrong!" and you get the general idea.
Interplay even developed the official line and denied, denied, denied.
|Interplay's Official Line wrote:
you are all aware. Neither Interplay nor Black Isle Studios has
announced or distributed any information to the public concerning a
title that has been called on a website Fallout Fantasy. Since that is
the case most of the theories and guesses about such a game are being
based purely off of other theories and guesses."
Some people did have some fun with the idea though. Our own Mr
Carrot bought this www.fallout-fantasy.com address and set it up as a
funny photo site with some classic "take the piss" works of art.
Hopefully, we'll be able to upload them again soon and set up a Fallout
Unfortunately, that outrage wasn't all. DAC, hosted at GSI, had
their news item pulled by a moron in charge at GSI, Silverdawn, for
apparently releasing what he called "off-the-record information",
regardless of the fact that the information was allowed to be released,
on the condition of anonymity. The vitriol must have really hurt
Silverdawn, because soon after that, this happened:
|Fallout Fantasy WON'T SUCK! - 16:31 PST - Dan Wood -
Or if it does, you won't know until your happy ass buys it. Our
Friendly Hosts Gamespy Industries have gotten it into their collective
heads of knuckle that you're not ready to hear someone say "What? More
crappy Interplay titles?" about a possible game. Out-fucking-standing,
And on that point, I bring the unhappy news that Killian has been
taken off the roster of Happy DAC newsies. Also, all the posts from
Blues and various other websites have brought juicy clickthroughs for
GSI. You're welcome.
Yep, that's right, they canned Killian for posting the info he had.
So to cut a long story short, DAC decided to move away from the
restraints of GameSpy and setup at a new address: www.duckandcover.net. Needless to say, DAC survived. Eventually though, Fallout Fantasy was revealed to be the project name for Lionheart, a game being developed by Reflexive Entertainment with a little help from Black-Isle Studios.
|Lionheart FAQ wrote:
|Q: Is that game that was rumored to be Fallout Fantasy? Is it Quincy, Jefferson, something else?
A: Lionheart's temporary name was in fact Fallout Fantasy. So it
was quite amusing to us when it was rumored to be a hack-n-slash PS2
game set in a post apocolyptic world with spells. It was called Fallout
Fantasy just because that was a simple title that implied it used the
SPECIAL system in a medieval setting. The presidential naming system
was put in place by JE and only refers to titles developed in-house.
... and that was it. The Fallout Fantasy "facts" became a point of heated debate but eventually, it all died away.
Until just recently...
Once again, on Feb 9th this year, DAC got wind of a new Fallout title in the works: Fallout on Playstation 2?
|DAC: Fallout on Playstation 2 wrote:
a Fallout fan I looked up "Fallout" on gamefaqs.com and I found a page
that had under PS2 the game "Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel" I clicked
on it and immediately freaked out.
*Note that it's under "Action" instead of "RPG"*
With reason too, it looks like no one had any news of it whatsoever.
So I checked my local Electronics Boutique store and I asked the
clerk "Is there any news on a Fallout game coming out for the PS2" he
looked it up and said "Yeah, "Fallout: Brotherhood" supposed to come
out October 8th"
... and then, on March 13th, 2003, Interplay did it again. They posted (and then very quickly pulled) this news item:
|Interplay Press Release wrote:
|HIGHLY ACCLAIMED FALLOUT FRANCHISE MAKES ITS CONSOLE DEBUT
Join the Brotherhood of Steel in a battle of post-apocalyptic mayhem
LOS ANGELES, CA - (March 12, 2003) - Vivendi Universal Games and
Interplay Entertainment Corp. (OTCBB:IPLY) today announced the
development of Fallout(tm): Brotherhood of Steel(tm) for the
PlayStationÃ‚Â®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox video game
system from Microsoft.
This gritty and darkly humorous 3rd person action adventure game
transports players into the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the highly
acclaimed and successful Fallout PC franchise. Utilizing a combination
of intense combat strategies integrating melee, ranged weapons and
explosives, 1 to 2 players can assume membership in The Brotherhood of
Steel, warriors determined to bring their own sense of order to a
nuked-out wasteland. "We're very excited about bringing the Fallout
universe to console gamers," said Scot Lane, Executive Producer at
Interplay. "The game play is more attuned to the console platform,
stressing more action and combat than the PC versions which placed a
greater emphasis on RPG elements or strategy."
The fear of an apocalypse has become a reality. Fallout:
Brotherhood of Steel begins after the first Fallout PC title in which
humans emerge from the safety of underground vaults to explore the
earth following a nuclear holocaust. In joining the Brotherhood of
Steel, players will uncover a sinister plot that could transform the
remainder of humanity into a race of mutants. The Brotherhood of Steel
have come together to wage battle against the mutant raiders and
pirates to fulfill their search for a mysterious and heavily
sought-after device, one that could be used to help rebuild humanity or
as a monstrous toll of war.
For more information on the state of the world in Fallout:
Brotherhood of Steel please check out the website at
www.interplay.com/fbos. Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel is set to release
Yup, Interplay have done it again. The reason for DAC's move from GameSpy, the "facts", they were true. All true.
Despite this tragic news I feel the urge to gloat. J.E. Sawyer, Chris
Avellone and the rest of BIS -- SHOVE IT. Yep, I told you this was
coming. "There is no Fallout game in production, especially not a
console game." FUCK YOU and GameSpy too. This is the same story that
lead to us getting ousted from GameSpy. Well you know what kids, you
heard it here first! HELLO FALLOUT FANTASY.
Now, the kitty is well and truly out of the bag.
|Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel wrote:
|Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel
In this gritty and darkly humorous 3rd person action adventure,
players join the courageous Brotherhood of Steel, whose mission is to
maintain peace in the grim post-nuclear world of Fallout. Challenged by
hordes of ghouls, mutants and other radioactive nightmares, players
utilize a combination of intense combat strategies including melee,
ranged weapons and explosives to fulfill their daunting task of
defeating the mutant army in hopes of restoring humanity in a nearly
unlivable universe. Welcome to the wasteland.
- Based on the world of Fallout, a successful series of PC games
set in a grim post-apocalyptic universe inspired by classic '50's
- Single and multi-player cooperative play.
- Three customizable playable characters, each with their
own unique traits, strengths and attributes to develop over the course
of the game.
- Unleash over 50 ranged, melee and explosive weapons on hoards of radioactive and mutant creatures and bosses.
- Auto-Targeting ability to quickly cycle through enemies.
Remember those facts at the start of this news item? Let's go through them now, shall we?
* FALLOUT FANTASY IS IN DEVELOPMENT
True: The real Fallout Fantasy (Lionheart) AND the PS2 console game FO:BOS are both in development.
* FALLOUT FANTASY IS USING THE DARK ALLIANCE ENGINE
Unsure: At this stage, you have to forget about Fallout Fantasy
being Lionheart, and now think of Fallout Fantasy as FO:BOS. Now, from
the looks of it, I'd hazard a guess and say they're using the BG:DA
engine. For those who don't know, Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance was a console only, action spin-off from the Baldur's Gate series.
* FALLOUT FANTASY IS IN DEVELOPMENT FOR A CONSOLE (MOST LIKELY PS2)
True: FO:BOS is coming out for the PS2 and the X-Box.
* FALLOUT FANTASY IS BEING DEVELOPED BY DIGITAL MAYHEM
True: Apparently though, Digital Mayhem don't exist as such anymore, they've been sucked into the greater void of Interplay, although it basically is the DM team working on the game.
* FALLOUT FANTASY WILL MOST LIKELY BE AN ACTION RPG
True: "3rd person action adventure game" - If that doesn't say action, then I don't know what does.
Better yet, FO:BOS goes one better and ups the stakes by having... Bikini Clad BOS Raider Chicks!!!
That's right, venture across the wastes with thong wearing babes! All
those 15 year olds out there, you better make sure you've got enough
So, not only were the facts 100% TRUE (within reason), but we now
have ANOTHER Fallout title in the works that promises to fuck over the
storyline and plot more then Fallout: Tactics ever did. Don't believe me? Read this snippet from Fallout Bible No #6 about the Brotherhood of Steel:
|The Brotherhood of Steel wrote:
The Brotherhood of Steel:
The Brotherhood of Steel (BOS) is a techno-religious organization, with
roots in the US military and government-sponsored scientific community
from before the war. The BOS is mostly composed of the descendents of
those military officers, soldiers, and scientists, but aside
from some outlanders among their ranks, the BOS is as close to pure
strain humanity (prime normals) as you're going to find outside of a
The ranks of the BOS is generally recognized as being composed of the best and the brightest... which means the BOS is a really small organization, at least compared to NCR. They make up for this with their frightening arsenal of pre-war and post-war technology: They
have laser weapons, power armor, surgical enhancements, combat
implants, and a squad of Brotherhood Knights have the ability to erase
an entire town from a map without a scratch.
The Brotherhood are generally good guys, but they have their faults
- (1) they don't care for mutants, (2) they worship technology, and in
many cases, put it above human life, and (3)
they don't like to share their choicest technological bits, despite the
obvious benefits their technology could bring to the wasteland.
It's commonly accepted within the Brotherhood that the people of the
wasteland are not responsible enough to use (and maintain) all of the
technology the BOS has at their disposal. They are known trade some of
their technologies with frontier communities and NCR states, but they
keep the more sensitive technologies to themselves.
It is believed that the current HQ of the BOS is the Lost Hills
bunker in Fallout 1, but at the time of Fallout 2, the BOS is spread
across the wastes in small bunkers and installations hidden from the
eyes of common folk - finding them all and wiping them out would be a
difficult and dangerous task.
The BOS is divided into different ranks: Initiates are trainees who
are expected to perform well enough in the training process to be
promoted to Squires. After proving themselves, Squires are promoted to
Knights. After many years of service and experience, the best Knights
are promoted to Paladins - the pinnacle of the Brotherhood military.
Paladins who survive to their later years become Elders, and they
number among the Brotherhood ruling council.
It is also possible to serve the Brotherhood as a Scribe. Scribes
are responsible for copying the ancient technologies, maintaining the
current technology and even experimenting with new weapons and other
useful devices. Scribes rarely leave the safety of the BOS bunkers, but
they are sometimes called into the field to examine a piece of
technology or perform a task beyond the skills of the Brotherhood
It is said that the BOS
symbol, broken down, represents each of these orders. The sword
represents the Paladins, the wings represent the Elders (the "wings"
control the movement of the sword), the large gear represents the
Knights, and the two smaller gears represent the Scribes and the
Squires, whose services keep the Knights supplied with the information
and the manpower to get their jobs done. No one is sure what the circle
So, not only have they completely fucked with the BOS logo, they've
turned a reclusive, Power Armour wearing, energy weapon wielding group
of anti-socials into: The Brotherhood of Steel, warriors determined to bring their own sense of order to a nuked-out wasteland.
I wonder what console gamers are going to think of Fallout, if
perchance, they should actually play FO:BOS, then through some miracle,
pick up Fallout 1 and 2 in the store? They'll probably get the shock of
their lives. TURN-BASED COMBAT!? 2D!? Egads! They'll be mortified! I
especially like how the plot seems to be some kind of zany concoction
of every previous Fallout combined. Now we have not ONE but TWO Fallout
games that have completely disregarded the Fallout canon. Better yet,
BOTH games involve the Brotherhood of Steel AND both games have the
same title! I wonder, why did Chris Avellone even bother working on the
I'm not even going to mention the "pirates" that the news release refers to... Arrr me hearties!
Now, in case you were wondering what this has to do with us, well,
everything. You see, this game is once again going to alter the Fallout
world. Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel
gave us talking Deathclaws well before the Enclave invented them,
working late model cars which had nothing to do with the Fallout
setting and made the Brotherhood of Steel into a much more active and
involved group. So of course, in order to appeal to the end of the
gene-pool that Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel is targeted at, we'll be COMPLETELY changing several aspects of Fan Made Fallout!!
That's right!! In particular, with the apparent spread of BOS
across the wastelands like a fungus, we'll have to put little BOS
installations everywhere. We'll also make sure there are plenty of
scantily clad bikini girl warriors, just so it fits in with the console
game (more work for the artists!). This is especially done so as not to
confuse the mad-action console gamer that is likely to buy this great
new title in the Fallout line.
We sure hope you're looking forward to Fan Made Fallout now! I know I am!!
EDIT: Had to point to the Game-Revolution BOS Raider chicks, seeing as Interplay have changed their screenshots and removed them.