About two weeks ago, Road to Liberty, a group Fallout modders, announced that they were developing a remake of Fallout 3 in Fallout 4s game engine, which they dubbed Capital Wasteland. Promising pre-alpha footage of the mod was posted to YouTube on February 25.

However, after talking with Fallout developer Bethesda, Road to Liberty has announced that “at this moment” the Capital Wasteland project has been shut down.

The Discord statement mentioned in the above tweet was made by the project’s leader NafNaf_95, who had the following to say:

“Recently we have communicated with Bethesda regarding our planned method to implement the voice acting and other audio from Fallout 3 into the Capital Wasteland. During this conversation it became clear our planned approach would raise some serious red flags that we had unfortunately not foreseen. This contact resulted in us changing our methods to attempt to continue working.

After some thought it appears there is no fully Legal way for us to continue developing the Fallout 3 in Fallout 4 portion of the Capital Wasteland. Projects like these have always existed in a gray area of the law but we as a team value our connections with many members of the amazing dev team that is Bethesda Game Studios.” 

The team considered replacing the voice acting from Fallout 3 with their own, but decided against it, as they felt removing the voices of the original actors would rob the game of its “charm and personality.” NafNaf_95 also made it clear that building a new story from scratch for the mod wouldn’t be possible, as some of the team’s members have requested that their work be removed from the project.

In another tweet, Road to Liberty made it clear that they were not just going to “throw out everything” and that they are simply “taking a break” for right now. The team also asked fans not to take any frustration that may stem from the project’s cancellation out on Bethesda or the team members who asked for their work to be removed. NafNaf_95 stated that those individuals, as well as Bethesda “are well within their rights to do what they did and anyone who doesn’t see that needs to check themselves.”

In related news, Fallout 4: New VegasCapital Wasteland‘s “sister project” announced on Facebook that they ran into the exact same issue with Bethesda. However, after some initial reluctance, Fallout 4: New Vegas‘ development team decided that they would replace the voice acting with their own, and go ahead with the project. However, the team tasked with the voice work would be doing so independently, and on their own time.

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