A couple weeks ago, the Capital Wasteland mod coming to Fallout 4 was canceled due to possible copyright infringement and an inability to use audio from the original game, leaving fans to wonder what this meant for the similar New Vegas project. In a recent blog post, the development team behind the Fallout 4 New Vegas mod assures fans that it is still underway and they’ve created their own Voice Acting team to circumvent the legal issues that affected the Capital Wasteland.
According to the blog post, the decision to create an independent VA department did not come easy. It was only “after long internal discussion and consultations with intellectual property lawyers,” that the developers reached this conclusion.
Initially, the developers believed they would have access to the original game’s audio files, and when this proved not to be the case they created this team to work alongside their Level Design and Asset Creation teams. Unlike those two departments, the Voice Acting section of development will not follow the same release cycles. New content from this section will be released as it becomes available and won’t coincide with the projects the other two are working on.
“Due to the way that the Voice Acting Team will be operating separately from the core project team, this means that their work will be included as it is ready. While this will mean that certain parts of the game will be fully voiced far ahead of schedule, other areas may end up lagging behind. As a result, F4NV releases may end up going out without voiceover recorded for certain characters, depending on where our VA Team stands at any given point in time. While disappointing, we feel that this approach best allows us to keep the project on-track, while also allowing us to maintain a high standard of quality within the project.”
For fans interested in voice acting, it seems the team will soon make an announcement on their official blog spot for when they will accept applications. There was no word on criteria for applicants, but more info on this is sure to arise once they make a follow up post. Overall, the developers emphasized that they feel the support of the fans and are dedicated to bringing this game to Fallout 4‘s Creation Engine despite the difficulties, with the mod having come a long way since it’s initial gameplay footage.
This comes as good news as delayed development is still better than no development. Whether or not the team will be able to deliver on their decision to move forward with the project remains to be seen, but the outlook, for now, is positive.
Fallout 4 is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.