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Fallout modders’ next destination: Miami

Fallout: Miami envisioned as an expansion-sized chapter for Fallout 4 on PC

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Miami is the scene for the next big total-conversion mod in Fallout. The mod makers launched the trailer above yesterday, and are seeking volunteers familiar with the Fallout Creation Kit to join the project.

Fallout: Miami’s map is “slightly larger than Far Harbor,” the 2016 premium expansion that took players from Boston up to Maine. “The geographic area covered is roughly from South Pointe Pier to the famed Fontainebleau Hotel.”

It’s a PC-only mod dependent upon Fallout 4, as well as the Far Harbor and Nuka-World DLC. The makers don’t have a launch date in mind — so this could be a completely speculative project that never comes to pass. It’s still a rather cool trailer, and melding the mayhem of Vice City with the survivalist challenge of the wasteland seems like a no-brainer.

“The scale of the project is comparable to an official expansion, featuring a main quest, multiple side quests, new items and a large cast of voiced characters,” the modders wrote on a subreddit set up for the project.

Officially speaking, Bethesda Softworks’ Fallout franchise is headed to West Virginia with Fallout 76 when that launches Nov 14. (Its beta gets going in October.) Other big Fallout mods on the way include Fallout: New California, a PC adaptation of Fallout: New Vegas that serves as a prequel to the 2010 RPG’s story.

For those wondering, while Bethesda Softworks never comes right out to say a mod is official or approved, the studio does supply a robust suite of mod tools (for Fallout and the Elder Scrolls franchise) and the point is to use them, after all. So long as mod-makers work with those assets and don’t corrupt anything Bethesda itself made, or get the company in trouble with content it doesn’t own, they can make mods as big and expansive as they please.

The New California folks got worried that their mod might get a cease-and-desist note from a lawyer because an officially licensed board game with the same name is coming soon. But they were told, second-hand, that everything was cool. So Fallout: New California is still on the way with a projected launch date in October.

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