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The following outlines data on the chronological order of in-game years within Fallout games. This refers to the in-universe or gameplay year in which each Fallout game takes place on the pre-War timeline, in conjunction with and in comparison to other games.

Background

All calculations utilize the year that serves as the game's primary and majority setting. Dates derived from preludes, time travel, simulations, or gameplay mechanics such as flashbacks and flash-forwards have not been independently calculated below. The scope of the data includes released console or pc games from any publisher.

Games by chronological year

This chart includes Fallout games in order of the year that serves as the majority period of time gameplay takes place.

Year(s) Game Location Image
2102 - 2104
Fallout 76 Appalachia Vault76Exterior-Fallout76.png
2161
Fallout California Fo1 Necropolis Bad Ending.png
2241
Fallout 2 California Loading02.jpg
2277
Fallout 3 Washington, D.C. Monument skyline.jpg
2281
Fallout: New Vegas Mojave Desert NV Strip.png
2287
Fallout 4 Boston Massachusetts State House.png

Comparing concurrent gameplay years

This chart lists the number of years between each game comparing against the one immediately preceding it, including the Great War as a reference point.

Spread Game Year Game Year
25 years Great War
2077
Fallout 76
2102-4
59 years Fallout 76
2102-4
Fallout
2161
80 years Fallout
2161
Fallout 2
2241
36 years Fallout 2
2241
Fallout 3
2277
4 years Fallout 3
2277
Fallout: New Vegas
2281
6 years Fallout: New Vegas
2281
Fallout 4
2287

Years between chart

This chart lists data regarding spread, or the number of in-universe years that have elapsed between any two games on the timeline.

Fallout 76
2102 - 04
Fallout
2161
Fallout Tactics
2197
Fallout BOS
2208
Fallout 2
2241
Fallout 3
2277
Fallout NV
2281
Fallout 4
2287
Fallout 76
2102 - 04
X 59 95 106 139 175 179 185
Fallout
2161
59 X 36 47 80 116 120 126
Fallout Tactics
2197
95 36 X 11 44 80 84 90
Fallout BOS
2208
106 47 11 X 33 69 73 79
Fallout 2
2241
139 80 44 33 X 36 40 46
Fallout 3
2277
175 116 80 69 36 X 4 10
Fallout NV
2281
179 120 84 73 40 4 X 6
Fallout 4
2287
185 126 90 79 46 10 6 X

Notes

  • There are approximately 185 years between Fallout 76 and Fallout 4, which is the widest spread.
  • Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas have the shortest spread with four years between.
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