Bethesda Softworks had promised Fallout: New Vegas (review) fans that new DLC was incoming for the popular RPG shooter over the next three months, and it looks to deliver with the upcoming “Honest Hearts” DLC pack. Unlike the recent “Dead Money” mission (review), “Honest Hearts” takes the wasteland courier away from the glitz of New Vegas and into mountains of Utah. To show off the new locale, Bethesda has revealed a new trailer and screenshots.

Scheduled for purchase on May 17, 2011, this second DLC installment with be available for download on the Xbox 360 for 800 Microsoft Points. For those who prefer their wasteland experience on the PlayStation 3, Steam, or Direct2Drive, this add-on may be bought for the more conventionally understood $9.99. What can gamers expect to see in “Honest Hearts?” Bethesda offers the following description:

An expedition into the unspoiled wilderness of Utah’s Zion National Park goes horribly wrong when your caravan is ambushed by a tribal raiding band. As you try to find a way back to the Mojave you become embroiled in a war between tribes and a conflict between a New Canaanite missionary and the mysterious Burned Man. The decisions you make will determine the fate of Zion.

A religious war in the desert? That sounds awfully familiar. Potential for religious blasphemy aside, the newest trailer shows off some of the combat between the warring groups with narration provided by the Burned Man, who appears to be a big believer in the Second Amendment.

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As with past Fallout DLC, this one comes chock full of new perks, weapons, and enemies and adds a new location to the Wasteland in the form of Zion National Park:

New Terrain: Navigate the highs and lows of the steep canyon walls, caves, riverbeds, waterfalls and explore the lush landscapes and rugged terrain in beautiful and sprawling Zion Canyon.

New Enemies: From the deadly Yao Guai and exotically lethal Greek Geckos to new hostile tribals, Zion Canyon is as dangerous as it is beautiful.

New Perks and Weapons: Survive the wild with Tribal Wisdom or exact increased damage with Eye for Eye. Honest Hearts offers a host of new perks and weapons including the .45 Auto Pistol, .45 Auto Submachine Gun, the Compliance Regular, Fire Bombs, War Clubs, and Yao Guai Gauntlets.

For those who prefer still images to analyze, we have the following screenshots that show off the terrain and some of characters, including Mr. Burned Man himself.

Factions were a big part of Fallout: New Vegas, and it appears that a similar scenario could be the thrust of “Honest Hearts.” Let’s just hope this battle for Zion doesn’t include an unnecessary dance orgy (I’m looking at you, Matrix Reloaded).

“Honest Hearts” releases for Fallout: New Vegas on May 17, 2011, for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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