The team behind the Fallout 3 remake in Fallout 4 mod Capital Wasteland has announced the project's cancellation after talks with Bethesda imply legal problems should it continue.
Other than the news concerning the termination of any future work on the ambitious endeavor, the group recently shared a pre-alpha footage of their progress with the game, which looked like it was in good hands. Nevertheless, the team consulted with the original game developers to possibly discuss their next course of action, which ultimately led to its unexpected end.
Recreating A Classic
After hopes of an officially remastered version of the third installment in the apocalyptic open-world adventure RPG became uncertain, a group of fans took it upon themselves to recreate the game in its entirety with tools like ZBrush, Blender, and the Creation Kit from the fourth title.
Their work apparently got fans excited as nostalgic gamers poured out their support for the unofficial remake of their favorite entry from the franchise.
Potential Legal Issues
Reports suggest that Capital Wasteland was a project that intended to deliver quality. In fact, the group wanted to make use of the official voice and audio assets from Fallout 3 for the remade version of Fallout 4. However, presumably due to copyright restrictions, the team was unable to do so. It seems that the only option available was to replace the voice acting, which they felt would take away the "charm and personality" of the RPG.
Fans were encouraged not to take it out on the publisher which only acted within its means to protect its IPs. They expressed their disappointment at not being able to foresee the potential roadblocks that could derail their progress.
"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 that our planned approach would raise some serious red flags that we had unfortunately not foreseen," said NafNaf_95, the project's lead developer.
With a heavy heart, I must announce that at this moment the Capital Wasteland project is no longer in development, there are more details on our discord, but I wanted to let everybody who's been so gracious to follow and support us know. — Road To Liberty (@RoadToLibertyFO) March 12, 2018
Another Remake Continues It Development
A similar issue with Capital Wasteland was likewise reported concerning Fallout 4: New Vegas, a separate project that aims to remake Fallout: New Vegas within the latest installment's game engine. The group opted not to grab voice assets from the original game as the other team did with Fallout 3, but instead go with new voices to supply the project's audio.
Other than a short demo previously released, there is currently no information about its next major development milestone.