Fallout 3 Remake in Fallout 4 Mod Canceled After Failing Legal Hurdle

Fallout 3 Remake in Fallout 4 Mod Canceled After Failing Legal Hurdle

Capital Wasteland shuts down.

The Capital Wasteland Project, which aimed to recreate the entirety of Fallout 3 within Fallout 4, is shutting down according to the mod team. The news comes after conversations with Bethesda and outside legal counsel indicated that the project wasn't going to be legal.

In a statement on Twitter, project lead NafNaf_95 wrote, "Recently we have communicated with Bethesda regarding our planned method to implement the voice acting and other audio from Fallout 3 Into the Capital Wasteland. During this conversation it became clear our planned approach would raise some serious red flags that we had unfortunately not foreseen."

NafNaf_95, first name Nathan, originally tried to find alternative ways to get voices into the mod projects, such as re-recording lines but that unfortunately was not viable for the team. Fallout 3 featured the voice work of such actors as Liam Neeson, Malcom McDowell, Ron Perlman, and Eric Todd Dellums.

These red flags are the reason why development on the project has ceased. "Projects like these have always existed in a Gray area of the law but we as a team value our connections with many members of the amazing dev team that is Bethesda Game Studios."

In a statement to Kotaku, Nathan explained that "Bethesda didn't technically shut [the project] down. But a few members of [Bethesda] staff heavily hinted at our methods being illegal."

Capital Wasteland was a vast mod development project that took a look at Fallout 3 and then Fallout 4 and then asked, "Why not both?" Trailers and video montages from the A Road to Liberty team were breathtaking, and it's a shame that this project couldn't move forward towards completions.

Nathan does say that if "at any point in the future it becomes fully legal for us to continue working with the blessing of Bethesda and Zenimax we will." So when the arcane nature of copyright law eases up, we might actually get Capital Wasteland.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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