Tech Demo of Black Isle Studios' Fallout 3 (Van Buren) Released

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Following the surfacing of a movie earlier this week featuring gameplay from a tech demo of Black Isle Studios' canceled Fallout 3--codenamed Van Buren--Fallout fan site No Mutants Allowed (NMA) has now posted the 241 MB playable tech demo, which we have mirrored on FileShack.

"This is a pre-alpha tech demo from 2003," read the initial post at NMA by Brother None. "The combat is pretty much unimplemented (sucky realtime only), the graphics are really basic."

"Don't be disappointed that it doesn't offer a full night's worth of gameplay (though in true Fallout style, it offers a lot of different paths to victory)," noted Brother None, who later linked to a set of instructions for the demo. "Also in true Fallout style, the demo is very, very buggy. Expect frequent crashes."

Development on Fallout 3 / Van Buren ceased on December 8, 2003, when the Interplay-owned Black Isle Studios was unexpectedly shut down. In 2004, Bethesda Softworks licensed the rights to Fallout from Interplay to develop its own version of Fallout 3. Bethesda then purchased the Fallout property from Interplay for $5.75 million last month, and plans to publicly debut its version of Fallout 3 with a teaser trailer in early June.

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    May 2, 2007 4:28 PM

    That's nice I never heard of anyone releasing a tech demo of a canceled game. Would be nice to have a tech demo of one of DNF older iterations :D

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      May 2, 2007 4:31 PM

      haha, Yea, lets make a list of stuff WE want on the DNF Collector's Edition.

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      May 2, 2007 5:05 PM

      If I recall correctly, 3D Realms released an early version of DN3D using the Rise of the Triad engine. It would be great if they released some of the stuff they have been working on for the last ten years. Maybe DNF collectors edition.

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      May 2, 2007 6:09 PM

      I'd love to see older Team Fortress 2 builds located in the upcoming release as easter eggs or something.