I don’t know why on earth it has taken me so long to report on this – I’ve known about it for a little while, as I am sure you probably do by now too (it was announced on 2nd July after all), but I’m just ridiculously late to the party! It’s especially weird as we have Amazon Prime and I’m a HUGE fan of Fallout, the last 2 have easily been my favorite games of all time.
You’ll most likely know Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy as the creators of Westworld… A show which is visually absolutely stunning, but has had a little criticism of being a little bit too in depth and convoluted. BUT having been in charge of a fantasy world before, I think they could be perfectly suited to putting together another planet earth seen in a different light. Just that this time instead of the old west, we’ve got post nuclear war future.
I think this is especially true because their vision seems to be to take an approach which takes an ideal world (the future – from now) and showcases it against the future of that future, which is what happens after the nuclear future destroys itself. Knowing their previous work I would guess that both worlds will intertwine, and I for one look forward to it!
Fallout is an amazing mix of having taken things which are now vintage and redesigning them with a future twist… They’ve really recaptured Americana, and then completely destroyed it. I love both aspects and want to see these future diners, and hope to be taken over to Nuka world.
It sounds like the process is already pretty far along, and whilst some worry that Nolan and Joy don’t fully understand or wont fully respect the undertones of the game series, I think the statement they made shows that they fully understand that an import thing underpinning this American story is humor and contrast!
“Fallout is one of the greatest game series of all time. Each chapter of this insanely imaginative story has cost us countless hours we could have spent with family and friends. So we’re incredibly excited to partner with Todd Howard and the rest of the brilliant lunatics at Bethesda to bring this massive, subversive, and darkly funny universe to life with Amazon Studios.”
From their press release it sounds like Bethesda have been looking to take the series away from just games for a long time, and that the big wigs at Bethesda and Nolan & Joy are fans of one another’s work… That’s a great place to start this relationship from!
However saying that they look to be quite far along, they’re not expecting a release until next year at the earliest, so we’ve got to be patient for a bit longer but I for one cannot wait. I hope that we see all the mutated goodness of the games turned flesh including super mutants, wendigos and surely seeing a deathclaw in a tv show would be absolute gold!