For those of you who don’t know, Chris Avellone began as a level designer for Fallout 2, then would go on to be Co-Lead Designer for the original cancelled Fallout 3 (not the Elder Scrolls IV meets Fallout version currently in development).
So why does Chris matter? Why is he worth mentioning? Because he’s the one who published “The Fallout Bible“.
The guy knows post nuclear apocalypse lore.
So what we have are two simple facts:
Chris Avellone is a post nuclear apocalypse Lore Master.
No one yet has done a real “Post Nuclear Apocalypse” MMO.
A good MMO needs a great lead lore master. It’s the difference between WoW and one of those weird Korean MMO’s your friend played after getting kicked out of his guild. We’ve got the lore master, we’ve got the open niche in the market. Let’s see a “Post Nuclear Apocalypse” MMO.
And I should note that I’m not talking about a “Fallout MMO” (Chris isn’t involved with the franchise anyway). You don’t need “Fallout” to do a “Post Nuclear Apocalypse” MMO anymore than you need WoW to do a MMO about Orcs and Humans. High Fantasy MMO’s salute Tolkien, as much as Fallout salutes “Mad Max”, “A Canticle for Leibowitz”, David Brin’s “The Postman”, “Blade Runner”, and a countless multitude of other stories that take place in that setting. If anything I would prefer Chris Avellone to NOT do a “Fallout MMO”, because that would only restrain him. He has already proven his respect for the premise and his ability to find depth in its setting. I’m curious to see what he could pull off without having to curtail to what an established franchise would dictate.
Suffice to say, it’s unlikely we’ll see such a game come out tomorrow, or even the day after. Chris is currently busy on an Aliens RPG, and an expansion pack for Neverwinter Nights 2. But Obsidian Entertainment, where Chris is CCO, is a strong enough company to be another Blizzard. They have the Lore Master in house. They have an in house team capable of designing the mechanics. I’m curious to see what Chris and his partners could pull off.