Fallout: Van Buren was the original Fallout 3. Note that its name would have been "Fallout 3," and only its development codename was "Van Buren." It was in full 3D, but with a topdown perspective much like the old games. It was canceled when Interplay went under in 2003 and closed Black Isle, even though it was around 85% done. Internet Backlash ensued, and while some were pacified when Bethesda released Fallout 3 five years later, others view Van Buren as the real and superior version of Fallout 3 and are still venomously bitter about its cancellation. Despite the game being canceled, it is still canon, to a degree.Prison may not be an okay place to live, but Tibbets Facility, cell number thirteen is home. The technology dates back to before the great war, and plenty of robots are there to look after you. You've been there so long you can hardly remember why; perhaps you were guilty of whatever crime they've convicted you of, or perhaps not, but it doesn't matter either way. At least you're alive, and outside, things aren't safe.Then, one day, you wake up to find things have changed. Not only are you in a completely different prison, but there's a rather large hole in the wall, which you proceed to walk out of. Back in Post-Apocalyptic Arizona, you find yourself besieged by robots wanting to take you back to your cell, strange diseases infecting select towns, a war between the NCR and Brotherhood of Steel, a strange slaver army called Caesar's Legion that seems obsessed with ancient Rome, led by a maniac who calls himself Caesar, and a menacing figure named Doctor Victor Presper who wishes to instigate another nuclear holocaust on the world.Alone, with empty pockets and an army of problems at your back, you head out into the wasteland.A fully working tech demo for the game was completed, and was eventually leaked to the Internet, and can still be found on various fan sites. It has its own story, and is set during the Great War itself. Nearly all of the details you see here and elsewhere around the net are gleaned from the enormous mountain of design notes leaked to the internet by the development staff, containing nearly everything from the game including many parts that had already been cut during development long before the cancellation.Fallout: New Vegas, which takes place in one of the areas this game would have covered, has a completely original story, but draws on the enormous amount of design done for Van Buren and select elements (such as Caesar's Legion and The Hanged Man, now The Burned Man) do appear in the game.And in case you were wondering: The game had absolutely nothing to do with USA's 8th president, Martin Van Buren. Interplay just code named projects in development after American presidents out of ease.A group of fans have pooled together to recreate Van Buren. The project is still in its early stages, but some screenshots are available. Their forum can be found here.
You're a Citizen of the Midwest commonwealth, and you've just been drafted! There's a war on, son, and the communists are everywhere! Quick, now, hop to it! Do you want to be pile of ash like your parents, because they weren't fast enough to outrun the bombs?! I didn't think so! Now grab a gun and pick a target, mister, because we gotta get to the Vault and fix the life support system, so take Corporal Armstrong over there and get going! NOW!
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