News | Fallout 76 is free to play for a week due to anniversary

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fallout franchise, anyone can play Fallout 76 for free for a week.

Bethesda has announced that. The company plans to celebrate the anniversary with special events throughout the month. The free Fallout 76 week has now started and will run until October 11. Prime Gaming subscribers can also continue to play the game for free.

In addition, Bethesda must give “significant discounts on the entire Fallout franchise”. The discounts run through October 12 on Xbox and PlayStation and through October 18 on Steam. Also coming next week is a free update for the free-to-play game Fallout Shelter, which will require players to counter an alien threat in a new storyline.

The first Fallout game came out in 1997. From Fallout 3, Bethesda took over the development. The last mainline single player game in the series, Fallout 4, was released in 2015, although the online multiplayer game Fallout 76 did appear in 2018. The game was criticized on release, but Bethesda has made many new content and improvements in recent years. A Fallout television series for Amazon Prime is also in the works.

News | Canceled Fallout 2 sequel playable via mod in Fallout: New Vegas

A canceled sequel to Fallout 2 codenamed Van Buren is mod playable in Fallout: New Vegas.

Black Isle Studios was working on a sequel to Fallout 2 set in 2252. The game was set to take place in the Midwestern United States Commenwealth, spanning four states. Players would play an escaped convict who is being chased by robots.

The game was canceled in 2003. Since then, various stories about the game have appeared online, giving Van Buren a sort of mythical status among fans. Certain elements from the game have been incorporated into Fallout: New Vegas.

The group of modders try to recreate Van Buren as best they can in a New Vegas mod called Revelation Blues. “We remain as faithful as possible to the Van Buren story. In the future we want to add many more new features, the project is still a work in progress.”

After the mod was available to download via Nexus Mods for the past few days, the mod team has set the mod to hidden. They are currently working on a demo.