September 2009 news archiveEdit
The weekly digest is a weekly summary of The Vault's internal news with the purpose to help editors keep up with what's going on at the wiki. It is the place to mention all the small things and improvements which do not justify an own news item and will be posted weekly on the main page.
Since this is the first issue, this digest will feature some news which are older than a week.
The first project has been completed. Congratulations to the team of the MSG Wikification Drive who managed to wikify 1,111 dialogue files in a bit more than a month, a task which had been pending for a long time.
A new member has joined our administration team. Itachou has been working hard on the articles for the often neglected Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel as well as other Fallout classics and as a result the community decided to grant his request for adminship.
A Georgian language version is the latest addition to the Vault family, created by the user Vaxoiva. If you speak Georgian and want to help create a co…
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The first Fallout 3 add-on, Broken Steel (previously released as third on Xbox Live and Games for Windows Live), is now available from the PSN Store in Europe and the US for PlayStation 3. The add-on costs $9.99/£7.99/€7.99.
In this add-on, the player joins the ranks of the Brotherhood of Steel to rid the Capital Wasteland of the Enclave remnants once and for all.
In addition to amending the game to let players continue their adventures after the end of the main quest and raising the level cap to 30, Broken Steel includes a few hours of new quest line. In order to access the new story content from Broken Steel, the player has to have finished the main storyline from the base game. However, the level cap expansion will take effect upon installation of the add-on, so players previously stalled at level 20 will once again accumulate XP even if they haven't finished the main storyline.Read more >
As some of you have probably noticed, a new feature called My Home has launched across all Wikia wikis, and now all registered users are redirected from http://fallout.wikia.com to Special:MyHome instead of the Main Page. Here's a quote from Wikia Staff Blog:
- My Home includes a lot of new elements:
- Activity feed is a friendly version of Recent changes that shows the latest activity on the wiki. The Activity feed adds some new information that you can't get on Recent changes, including thumbnails for new pictures and videos added to a page. You can also see your Watchlist using the new Activity feed layout.
- Hot Spots is a new way to see what's happening on the wiki, showing the articles that have been edited by the most people in the last few days.
- Community Corner is a spot for wiki admins to highlight things that are important to the community. Admins can use that space to organize a project, show off new pages that everyone should see, highlight a discussion that's happening on the wiki, …
Harrison Krix, the guy behind an impressive Big Daddy costume that got him some press, has now created a replica of the Fallout 3 AER9 laser rifle. You can see more pictures from the process of making the prop on his blog.Read more >
Bethesda Softworks has announced that the Fallout 3 Game of the Year edition, which will include all add-ons, will be released on October 13, 2009. We also know what the box of the GotY edition will look like. In the US, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will cost $59.99, while the PC version will cost $49.99.
We also know the release dates of all add-ons on the PlayStation 3. Broken Steel will unfortunately not be released today, but next week - on September 24, followed by Operation: Anchorage and The Pitt on October 1 and by Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta on October 8.Read more >
1.6.1 patch for the PlayStation 3 version of Fallout 3 has just been released, which probably means that Broken Steel will be released on the Sony platform soon. Stay tuned for more information.
Upon loading up the game, you are prompted to update the game and the download will begin. It is roughly 21MB.
- Adds the trophies to the actual trophy menu so you no longer need to compare trophies to see them.
- Another feature is the addition of the Downloads section under the main menu.
If you purchased Fallout 3 and all of its downloadble content, you've stuffed $110 (or almost £70 if your from the UK, like me) in Bethesda's pockets. To thank you for your generosity, the company is issuing a free premium Xbox 360 dashboard theme.
It certainly seems like a nice gesture (given that the only other way to acquire the theme will be to buy it), but those fans who purchased the Fallout 3 Game of the Year Edition package in an effort to consolidate all that excess data are out of luck. According to Bethesda, this theme is only for those truly devoted fans who have forked over the most cash.
Actually, it sounds a lot less sinister coming from Fallout 3 game director Todd Howard. "This is something we've been asked about a lot and we're happy to finally be able to bring it to fans as a small token of our appreciation," he says.
If you're eligible, keep an eye out for a token offering the download beginning October 1.
Personally, I quite like the look of it, not sure what the plans are …
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A few weeks ago, The Vault launched the Good old Games Character Overhaul Competition. Now that contest is over and the results have been determined. Congratulations to MikaelGrizzly, the contest winner, and all other participants who have won prizes!
Update: all participants who have won prizes must make an account on GOG.com and posts this username on Ausir's talk page, along with the titles of the games they want to get their games.
The final scores are:
Place Score Participant Prize
#1 332 MikaelGrizzly 4 download codes
#2 53.5 Sentinel 101 3 download codes
#3 43 Kingclyde 2 download codes
#4 37 Teh Krush 2 download codes
#5 17.5 SplittingTheAtom 1 download code
#6 6 CNavellier 1 download code
#6 6 Remontoi 1 download code
#8 2 BigDogW 1 download code Read more >
I knew that Bethesda developers were using The Vault wiki as a source when working on Fallout 3. As it turns out, their legal department also does! Shacknews has a few more details about the Bethesda v. Interplay case, and their article includes a few quotes from the actual court filings.
While Interplay claims that they haven't officially announced Project V13 as a Fallout title, Bethesda claims that "V13" is an obvious reference to Vault 13, "both the starting location and the the initial working title of the original Fallout game." Sounds familiar? That's because it's only a slight paraphrase of the following section in The Vault's Project V13 FAQ:
- What does "V13" stand for?
- It likely stands for Vault 13, which was the starting location in the original Fallout. Vault 13: A GURPS Post-Nuclear Adventure was also the initial working title of what eventually became Fallout.
It's especially evident when you google for "starting location" + "initial working title". And given the fact that it's not e…Read more >
On the official PlayStation page for Fallout 3, Broken Steel is listed under Featured Downloads and that this may be a sign for a release this Thursday. Because of this, rumors are currently circulating that the Fallout 3 add-ons will be out this Thursday, September 17th.
EDIT: Patch 1.61 is now released for PlayStation 3 systems.Read more >
New details have surfaced about Bethesda's lawsuit against Interplay over trademark infringement. Or lawsuits, because, as you can see in the court filings, there are two of them.
The first one, as we described in the previous newspost, is over the rights to Fallout Online (codenamed Project V13). The second one, however, is over Interplay's re-releases of original Fallout games, like the Fallout Trilogy pack or various digital distribution sites.
Turns out that, while Interplay was permitted to sell Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics the contract required all advertising, packaging and other promotional material to be sent to Bethesda for approval first, which, according to the lawsuit, was never done regarding neither the Fallout Trilogy pack, nor any of the releases through Good Old Games, Steam and other digital distribution platforms. Bethesda also claims that the name Trilogy constitutes unfair competition, since it suggests that the pack includes Fallout 3.
To sum it up, Interplay is accused o…Read more >
Bethesda Softworks has sued Interplay for trademark infringement, claiming that Interplay is in breach of the Fallout MMO agreement for failure to commence full scale development by April 4, 2009 and to secure certain funding for the game. Interplay disputes these claims and still maintains that it has the right to develop Project V13, together with Bulgaria-based Masthead Studios.
Meanwhile, Natiq "Defonten" Aghayev, Project V13 concept artist and Fallout fan community member has released another one of his concept sketches done for the game, Which you can see to the right.
See: Bethesda Softworks LLC v. Interplay Entertainment Corporation court filingRead more >
A site called The Next Level had a chat with Bethesda's Emil Pagliarulo, lead designer of Fallout 3. Here's an excerpt:
- Emil: Yeah, the whole “Oblivion with Guns” criticism was hurled our way so long ago. But it’s funny, because in order for that to resonate with you, you have to sort of feel that Oblivion isn’t a good game, and “Oblivion with Guns” would be a bad thing. Well… we think Oblivion is a damn good game. And so did millions of people who bought it. And scores of reviewers. So, you know, we started to realize, “Hey, that’s more a compliment than an insult, isn’t it?” So for us, Fallout 3 is “Oblivion with guns” in all the right ways. Meaning, you wander around a huge world, and talk to lots of interesting characters, and get lots of quests. But instead of killing them with a magic sword, you kill them with a gun that shoots teddy bears.
You can read more here.Read more >
The version of Fallout 2 that has recently been made available from Steam turns out to be broken. Well, it is still playable, but only if you know both English and French, since all of the voices and interface are currently in French, while the text is in English. Additionally, regardless of where you are located, if you buy the game from Steam, all the children are missing, as in the UK edition of the game.
Anyway, if you want to buy a digital copy of Fallout 2 (and Fallout + Fallout Tactics, while we're at it), Good Old Games is a much better choice anyway, given that, unlike the Steam version, it comes fully in English, uncensored and with no DRM. And lower price, at that, especially given the ongoing buy one, get one free promo.
Update: Looks like the issue has been resolved. Still, Good Old Games is a much better option.Read more >
GOG, also known as Good old Games, is celebrating it's first anniversary with a sale; any two Interplay games in GOG's catalog can be bought for the price of one, including Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics.
- "Looking back at the first year, I think we can say it's been a really successful time for us - we've added lots of great publishing partners and amazing games. But we couldn't have achieved any of that success without the fans who support us in so many ways. We decided to say thank you to our fans and run this promo," said GOG Managing Director Adam Oldakowski. "We know there are still a lot of things to improve and a lot of games to be revived, but we're just starting and the future is looking really bright for us."
For more information, check out this page. And don't forget to take part in our very own Good Old Games competition!Read more >
All items (15)
- User blog:Ausir-fduser/Bethesda sues Interplay, new V13 concept art
- User blog:Ausir-fduser/Bethesda vs. Interplay - more detail
- User blog:Ausir-fduser/Bethesda's lawyers use The Vault and some other lawsuit details
- User blog:Ausir-fduser/Broken Steel in PSN Store
- User blog:Ausir-fduser/Fallout 2 on Steam mixes French and English
- User blog:Ausir-fduser/Game of the Year Edition and PS3 add-on release dates
- User blog:Ausir-fduser/Impressive Fallout 3 laser rifle replica
- User blog:Ausir-fduser/My Home -- new feature launched
- User blog:Ausir-fduser/The Next Level talks with Emil Pagliarulo