Remember Project Brazil, that huge mod for Fallout: New Vegas? Yes, it started development in 2013 (or 2009, if you include the Fallout 3 work) and no, it’s still not finished, but the good news is it looks like completion isn’t far off. Oh, and it’s been renamed New California, too.
As reported by Rock Paper Shotgun, the huge mod - aiming to bring a new story, maps, cast, and “5000 lines of professional-quality dialog” - kicked off many years ago, before Fallout: New Vegas was even a thing. Now, in a new update on ModDB, it seems the team is almost there.
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Just in case you’re confused why the name’s switched from Brazil to California, project leader Brandan Lee’s here to put you straight.
"New California is a superior name for this mod," Lee says in this ModDB update. "It's opening shot is of California, the intro is all about California, we say California several times in the narration, it's set in California, within New California Republic territory, about the struggles of New California against California factions that impact the New California Republic in New Vegas."
New California’s story predates Fallout: New Vegas, taking place in 2260. It follows an all-new character, “an adopted resident of Vault 18, embarking on a journey through the wastelands of the New California Republic's Cajon Pass. An unofficial prequel to New Vegas, FPB adds hours of new gameplay and a fully voiced stand alone campaign.”
"You will face the New California Republic under president Wendell Peterson, the New Reno Mob's Bishop Family, the remnant Shi Clans, The Enclave Leonidas Squadron, the Super Mutant Army, and the 'legions' of bloodthirsty Survivalist Raider Tribes that have allied together in the remote Athens-Tec Uranium Mine off the Long I-15. Through them all you'll choose your path from SPECIAL dialog options, acquired PERKs, and travel with 8 possible companions depending on your choices. You'll enjoy two new radio stations, hours of voice acting, and professional grade presentation."
As for when we’ll be able to lay our hands on it?
"We'll be releasing the entire mod all at once start to finish, basically rebuilt from the ground up as a single mod. No parts, and no extra downloads. Everything all together in one solid ~6GB package," Lee adds. “We have the Alpha version internally circulating in a small group of fellow modders, HOPEFULLY who will be assisting us in getting more upgrades to our map, bug patches, and some minor extra quests, guns, gear, VFX, static art, and creatures. That means things aren't far off, and we'll have a release date as soon as Rick wraps up MQ05 and Jack adds the new weather and missile launch effects.”