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Official Japanese Fallout Site Features 8-Bit Fallout Remake

Remake more like demake amirite?!?

Marketing or not, this is radical. Bethesda has created a brilliant 8-bit reconstruction of the Capital Wasteland exclusively for its official Japanese Fallout Web site. The point, from what I can tell, is to attract Japanese RPG enthusiasts to the series, and to explain what an open-world or a "Freestyle RPG" is.

In this "demake," you as the Vault Dweller, can travel to several familiar Wasteland locations, speak with a couple of NPCs, and fight a Super Mutant turn-based-style. The content appears to end there, though I suppose I might not be seeing everything it has to offer. The language barrier is proving to be, you know, a barrier. 
 


Despite not having much to offer in terms of gameplay, this website is worth checking out for the novelty of seeing Fallout rendered in 8-bit graphics. As Bethesda put it on its blog the other afternoon, you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio.
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Posted by BradNicholson

Marketing or not, this is radical. Bethesda has created a brilliant 8-bit reconstruction of the Capital Wasteland exclusively for its official Japanese Fallout Web site. The point, from what I can tell, is to attract Japanese RPG enthusiasts to the series, and to explain what an open-world or a "Freestyle RPG" is.

In this "demake," you as the Vault Dweller, can travel to several familiar Wasteland locations, speak with a couple of NPCs, and fight a Super Mutant turn-based-style. The content appears to end there, though I suppose I might not be seeing everything it has to offer. The language barrier is proving to be, you know, a barrier. 
 


Despite not having much to offer in terms of gameplay, this website is worth checking out for the novelty of seeing Fallout rendered in 8-bit graphics. As Bethesda put it on its blog the other afternoon, you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio.
Posted by Dtat

8 bit fallout sounds amazing

Edited by fillmoejoe

Fallout chiptunes?

Posted by jim_dandy

I want this in English you cocksluts.

Posted by MikkaQ

JRPG.... JRPG never changes... 
  
I'd be doubly interested if they got ron pearlman to throw that in the game. 

Posted by Eirikr

"you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio."  

 
Well, that would just be Megami Tensei II, then. 
 
Posted by Underwhelmed

Why not just give them a crack at Wasteland, licensing issues non-withstanding?  It isn't all that different than the early Wizardry games in terms of game play, and that series was super big over there.

Posted by DiGiTaL_SiN

Great effort, but meh.

Posted by RiotBananas

Slow day for news.

Posted by endaround
@Underwhelmed said:
" Why not just give them a crack at Wasteland, licensing issues non-withstanding?  It isn't all that different than the early Wizardry games in terms of game play, and that series was super big over there. "
EA owns Wasteland.  So yeah Bioware could make a Wasteland sequel at some point....
Posted by MuttersomeTaxicab
@jim_dandy said:
"I want this in English you cocksluts. "

QFT. 
 
Edited by heatDrive88

As a person that gave a fairly big 'meh' at Fallout 3's shooting, action, and dated Oblivion engine, I'd have far more interest in playing an 8-bit Fallout RPG like this instead.

Posted by Shinri

Bethesda tries to get JRPG fans into Fallout.
 
Bethesda accidentally makes all their fans want a JRPG Fallout.
 
Also yeah most early Megami Tensei/Shin Megami Tensei games are basically 8/16-bit Fallout.

Posted by Turbo_Toaster

Gonna have to put my foot down on "demake" ever becoming a term for anything.

Posted by PhatSeeJay

This game has me more curious than Fallout 3 or New Vegas ever did.

Posted by carpei

Let's make this really happen, Bethesda.

Posted by OldManLollipop

"Accidentally" makes their fans want an 8-bit Fallout.

Posted by TeamAliceFTW

As much as I love fallout, this game is as useful to me as Japanese Pokemon cards.

Posted by Aetheldod

just tried it .... nahh I 'll stick to my Fallout 3 and New Vegas thank you

Posted by Arker101

I don't really want Japanese influence in my Fallout, but I'm fine with some Falout influence in my Japenese games. ( :
Posted by Tesla

That's cool.  Great marketing.

Posted by Crono

Why wasn't I born with the ability to read Japanese?

Posted by dospod

^ who knows, but looks kinda cool/interesting nonetheless . Makes me wish I had some more jrpg's for the xbox to play... :(

Posted by NoeinJ

Cool marketing.

Posted by buft

weird that they wouldnt give the english speaking world a chance to check this out proper.

Posted by ZeekDaGeek

I wonder if I just made good or bad moral decisions... I just pressed buttons in that game :D

Posted by l3illyl3ob

If you want a taste for what Fallout is like if it's an 8 bit game from the '80s, play Wasteland, made by one of the founders of Interplay, who was involved with the creation of Fallout. It's also really good!

Posted by Landon

Neat-o

Posted by veganwa
@Turbo_Toaster said:
" Gonna have to put my foot down on "demake" ever becoming a term for anything. "
I'm afraid your foot is several years too late. Not that the term is actually ever used that much, but then there aren't that many demakes around either.
Posted by ryoma122

man the only problem for me is that i cant read japanese but i could totaly get rite into that game if it was a finished product and in english 

Posted by Nomin

Wow, more promising and authentic than anything Mass Effect 3 could hope to be RPG-wise. 

Posted by Krystal_Sackful

So rad. This looks kinda like wasteland.

Posted by Donoram

How about a playstation style animated song sequence where the vault dweller sings about finding love?

Posted by Dark_Schala

It's really clever and a very good marketing idea. This isn't a necessarily a 'demake' (which would imply gameplay to me--it's all about semantics and lexical unit choices, after all). It seems to serve as an "advertisement" (seems to backtrack from this previous advertising campaign: http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/08/04/fallout_protests/) for the Fallout games in Japan. From what I got out of it, it's a flash site that mostly explains Fallout's gameplay in an 8-bit RPG fashion. IIRC, Dragon Quest sites in Japan (used to?) do this, as do a few universities in Japan (I recall a Japanese university's website being made in the image of Mother/Earthbound).   
 
It doesn't, however, detract from the fact that I'd like to play a Fallout game in this fashion. Wasteland, here I come!

Posted by Deusoma

Not sure why he put it in quotes, demake is already a term. Saw a pretty good mock-up of Bioshock for the original Game Boy a few weeks back.

Posted by paulunga

"As Bethesda put it on its blog the other afternoon, you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio.  "
 
Fallout 3

Posted by Sinful

Maybe if Bethesda brought out a game without game breaking bugs. Then I bet the Japanese consumers won't mind a Western RPG. 
 
Stop wasting time on gimmicks like these and fix the damn game.

Posted by Sammo21
@jim_dandy: Yeah, cause that will make it happen. QFT.
Posted by Krakn3Dfx

I would totally get behind $5-$10 for a full copy of this w/ English text.

Posted by ParaParaKing

Wasn't their ad campaign slogan, that JRPGs are stupid? That doesn't fit with this website.

Posted by MisterMouse

cool way to reach the japanese audience.

Posted by ArachAU

There *is* an 8-bit Fallout game. 
 
Wasteland.  

Posted by Dan_CiTi

Do want. 

Posted by keyhunter
@Eirikr said:
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"you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio."  

 
Well, that would just be Megami Tensei II, then. 
 
"
Oh, you mean Fist of the North Star?
Posted by Eirikr
@keyhunter: Nope! Maybe you do, but I still mean the Dragon Quest inspired Megami Tensei II, which is superficially similar to the appearance of the Fallout demake. .
Posted by scarycrayons
@ParaParaKing said:
" Wasn't their ad campaign slogan, that JRPGs are stupid? That doesn't fit with this website. "
It's designed to show how Fallout is better and different than the typical tiresome JRPG.  The fact you can go anywhere, actually make a difference to the world by responding to characters in different ways, and assumingly (I haven't reached the turn-based-battle thing due to the language barrier) show how VATS is crazy different from JRPG style 'attack/defend/run' in the best possible way.
 
It's reinforcing the 'JRPGs are boring' slogan by showing how much better JRPGs would be if they followed Fallout's style of 'actual roleplaying'.
Posted by dragonzord
@keyhunter said:
" @Eirikr said:
"

"you definitely get a taste of what could have been if Fallout was instead created in 1987 by a Japanese development studio."  

 
Well, that would just be Megami Tensei II, then. 
 
"
Oh, you mean Fist of the North Star? "
Oh, you mean Mad Max?
Posted by captain_clayman

lets put this in intentionally poor english and available for the NES

Posted by MrKlorox

For some reason when I read "Fallout," I expected Fallout instead of Fallout 3. Silly me, right? I was almost interested.

Posted by samcotts
@MrKlorox said:
" For some reason when I read "Fallout," I expected Fallout instead of Fallout 3. Silly me, right? I was almost interested. "
^This. 
 
Bit misleading.
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