The Frontier is a ginormous mod for Fallout: New Vegas, boasting "dark, gripping stories, fun characters, beautiful landscapes, and much, much more" across an almost 40 hour long new storyline in a new city, and our hype simply cannot be contained.
Mimicking the scale of the original game's wasteland over in a chilly and frozen rendition of post-apocalyptic Portland, the mod may very well be the biggest one released for Fallout: New Vegas, and could rival those colossal custom content sets for The Elder Scrolls games. "There haven't been many references or content around this area," explained the team on the mod's official website. "So while building the story we tried hard to make the story fit the lore as much as possible and creating backstories to connect the Mojave and the Frontier. Apart from the chosen location, we also really try to fit the fallout kind of look and feel, all new assets, worldspace, ambiances, humor are worked and reworked to blend well in the fallout universe."
The developers refer to The Frontier as "an unofficial super DLC," if that helps you comprehend the scope of the passion project, and it's been seven years in the making. There are more than 150 new weapons to wield, "hundreds" of new armours and costumes, and fresh faces to acquaint yourself with in this snowy land. Turns out that there are "over 24,000 lines of voiced dialogue" to support these "hundreds" of characters, "provided by our talented voice acting cast and a few celebrity guests!" On top of this, there are three new quest lines following the Legion, the Crusaders of Steel, and the New California Republic. The first two weigh in at about 15 hours, whereas the third will span 35 hours to explore and complete.
In an interview with Nexus Mods, the team described how their concepts became reality, and how they took on this mammoth task. "Over the years we've taken a very straightforward 'show, don't tell' approach to the way we go about telling our story, as we believe that 'spoiling' or giving everyone the story ahead of time could ruin the experience for people who want to go into the mod and experience something new and fresh. We like to keep the idea of letting people's imaginations run wild with exactly what may be in store for the Frontier as they progress," said one developer, Tgspy.
Perhaps the most pertinent advancement from the original game is the vehicle system, offering players a huge range of pilotable and drivable vehicles. For example, players who are a part of the NCR quest line get tanks, and players who sign onto the Legion get tame bighorners. If this sounds too good to be true, then the mod is live right now for you to jump in feet first. Make sure to wrap up warm though, because winter is installing.
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