Fallout fans have been forced to wait patiently for the release of Fallout 4 since New Vegas hit consoles and PC back in 2010. One group of enthusiasts decided to pass some time by creating a Minecraft mod that brings the wasteland to the popular block-building simulator — and the results are very impressive indeed.
Project Wasteland is a little more in-depth than your average Minecraft mod. Rather than just putting a fresh coat of paint on the existing game, it’s something of a complete conversion, adding in wholly new elements to properly recreate the Fallout experience.
Of course, that means that the iconic Pip-Boy has been included. Now wrapped around the rather blockier arm of the Minecraft player character, it offers the same functionality as it would in Fallout, even down to the retro stylings of its green-hued interface.
Players can navigate their inventory and gear via the Pip-Boy, which currently possesses its Fallout appearance in-game — it hasn’t been given the angular Minecraft overhaul just yet. Hopefully the developers’ next step is to add support for the real-life Pip-Boy being bundled with the collector’s edition of Fallout 4.
However, the Pip-Boy isn’t the only thing separating Project Wasteland from vanilla Minecraft. As well as the series’ trademark canine companions, the mod also adds a new Brahmin mob. For the uninitiated, that’s the horribly mutated two-headed cow creature that’s used as both a food source and a working animal in the Fallout universe.
While some good progress has been made thus far, the creators of Project Wasteland have even bigger aspirations. In-game radio, Fallout-themed weaponry and even enemies and NPCs are all on the to-do list for the talented minds behind this meeting of two of the most popular franchises in video games.
Whether you’re interested in Minecraft, or just looking forward to Fallout 4, the potential of this project should offer plenty to be excited about. Fans demonstrating this sort of creativity is exactly why Bethesda’s E3 announcement regarding mod support for the new Fallout title sets such a promising precedence for the game.
If these are the results when fans try to replicate Fallout in another game, imagine what they’ll be able to come up with when they’re working with Fallout 4 itself — indeed, some modders are already working on content as you read this. By any measure, 2015 looks set to be a great year to be a Fallout fan.
Fallout 4 is scheduled to release for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 10, 2015.