One of the most exciting announcements during E3 in 2021 wasn’t for a new game, but a mod for an existing one. Fallout: London is a DLC-sized mod for Fallout 4 that takes the famously unchanging nature of war and sends it by air to merry old England in the year 2237.
following on last year’s announcement trailer, the mod team released nearly 20 minutes of gameplay that you can watch below. The gameplay trailer shows the beginning of the game, starting with a slideshow and narration (by a not-so-convincing British narrator) and then moving on to the player waking up in a giant beaker surrounded by curious scientists.
As is often the case at the beginning of Fallout games, things quickly go horribly wrong underground and the player has to escape the bunker and reach the surface world. Or at least what’s left of it.
It looks incredibly shiny, boss! I like that instead of radroaches, the typical starting enemy of Fallout, the trailer shows radshrews. (I know shrews are found almost everywhere in the world, but they look like a decidedly English creature, probably because of Shakespeare.) London’s survivors are hiding in bunkers built under tube stations.
Interestingly, the player has a little help escaping the bunker of a figure known as Mr. Smythe, who has a little G-Man mystique to him. Aside from pummeling shrews, we don’t see any gunfights or combat (except for a few brief instances of NPCs shooting each other), but the trailer does show plenty of good-looking underground locations and a brief glimpse of post-apocalyptic London right near the end.
I find it a little strange that the British version of Pip-Boy is called Atta Boy. “Attaboy” sounds (to me) like an American saying and “Pip” makes me think of “Pip-pip!” which is distinctly British. But, I love the look of the device, which is not strapped to your wrist, but rather a handheld PDA that can be inserted into consoles after blowing into the device, like you would a Nintendo cartridge. It’s a really nice touch.
My main thoughts, however: Yes, please! I’m really looking forward to exploring the remains of London in the Fallout world, and so far the mod is looking great. There’s no release date yet, but you can find out more about Fallout: London, or volunteer to help with its development, here on the official website.