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Submitted by PixelitisBlog 1248d ago | opinion piece

Staff Musings: Diablo III proves old-school Fallout can do well today

On the week of Diablo III’s release last month, Pixelitis' Patrick Kulikowski was one of the millions of gamers click, click, and clicking away through the first act of the game, bashing down many a skeleton and undead foe.

As the hours passed and I spent more time in the game’s environments, glancing occasionally at the classic HUD at the bottom and an info box at the bottom-left corner, it hit him: “Wow, Fallout 3 could have been like this and it would have been awesome.”

And then he felt bummed out, knowing that wasn’t the case.

Before the Fallout franchise landed in the hands of Bethesda, the developer of the first two games in the series, Black Isle, already had the third installment in the works, codenamed Project Van Buren. It was isometric, used 3D visuals, and allowed players to stick to the traditional turn-based combat or switch to a new, real-time system. It sounded immensely promising, but then it was unfortunately canceled due to layoffs on Black Isle’s staff carried out by Interplay.

The rest, as you’re sure to know by now, is history. Bethesda picked up the Fallout license from Interplay following the closure of Black Isle and set out to create its own vision of Fallout – one done in the style the company was most comfortable with: a first-person action RPG.

Now in 2012, as one trolls the depths of Hell in Diablo III, Patrick is now more than ever certain that that a new isometric Fallout game would work (and sell) in today’s market. (Bethesda Game Studios, Diablo III, Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Industry, PC, Shadowrun Returns, Wasteland 2)

versusALL  +   1249d ago
I miss the old Fallout
mistajeff  +   1249d ago
Me too. I wouldn't want bethesda to do an isometric fallout, though. Maybe if Wasteland 2 does well they'd consider tapping into the inxile/obsidian combo, maybe getting both studios to work on a Fallout. That's what I'd like to see, anyway. I dunno if Fargo would put up with zenimax's crap again, though.
NukaColaClassic  +   1249d ago
Given Bethesda's willingness to let Obsidian make a Fallout game, I don't see why they'd stray from the idea.
pixelsword  +   1248d ago
I'm going through my fist time now; I'm at the cathedral with those hippies passing out flowers. I gotta find some lady and told her another lady sent me.

Dogmeat died. :(
mistajeff  +   1247d ago
watch out for the nightkin :P
CommonSense  +   1248d ago
No it doesn't. Diablo 3 is only popular cuz of the brand name and cuz it's Blizzard. and blizzard fanboys are nuttier than nintendo fanboys. a top-down, turn based rpg shooter would only do well if it was a free to play facebook or cellphone game.
Saryk  +   1248d ago
An old school Fallout with all the technology and eye candy this day and time, would be freaking awesome. Hell I play some RTS games that when you scroll in, it is more detailed than all the RPGs during that era. A game like that would sell………….

And Diablo 3 didn't sell because of name and Blizzard's fanboys. I am a fanboy and I didn't buy it and it sold 6 million copies.

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