The fan modding community surrounding Bethesda's games is robust, to say the least. Seven years after Skyrim's debut (an eternity in gaming years), modders continue to create zany add-ons (like the ability to summon Thomas the Tank Engines like meteors from the sky), all with Bethesda's full blessing — and all with no end in sight.
Skyrim's not the only title Bethesda fans love mining for alternate settings, new quests, and head-turning add-ons. More than 20 years later the Fallout video game franchise is still going strong, much like the lingering radiation of a recently detonated nuclear bomb. This time, modders are taking players to the sunny beaches of Florida in the Fallout: Miami add-on for Fallout 4.
So far, the officially released Fallout games have explored the post-apocalyptic wastelands of SoCal, Boston, Washington D.C., and Las Vegas. But think about it, Florida is the perfect setting for a Fallout entry, given the fact that you can turn the alligators into bipedal monsters and the tourists into the flesh-eating undead.
The first trailer below (so well detailed, it's easy to mistake for the real thing) is narrated by some grizzled survivor of the nuclear war in this retro-inspired future. With their thick New York accent and use of certain Yiddish words, they've got the whole Jewish retiree thing going on, keeping in line with the Florida motif. As we see a once-great city gone to seed (two-headed cattle!), the narrator looks back on Miami's grandeur while warning us that something "big" is coming.
Check out the trailer below and make sure to watch out for shark-eating, vacationing zombies...
Miami is certainly an untapped well of possibility within the context of the Fallout universe. Thanks to its real-world, neon-soaked nightlife, the party town down south is a perfect vehicle for these games.
There is currently no release date for the Fallout: Miami mod, but the trailer should jazz up any and all gamers, whether they're hardcore fans of the series or not. Plus, there's Fallout: 76 -- a full and sanctioned addition to the franchise from Bethesda -- on the horizon, which is certainly a major source of excitement for the vault-based community.