Some gamers are crying out foul play due to similarities between a mod created for Fallout: New Vegas and a mission in the Fallout 4 Far Harbor DLC.
SPOILER ALERT: In talking about similarities between two games, obviously plot points will be mentioned.
The original mod, Autumn Leaves, came out just a few weeks before Fallout 4 launched. The plot centered around a group of rich people who had constructed a vault. When one accidentally gets trapped inside, that person created their own friends out of robots, imbuing them with various personalities. Now, much later, the player stumbles across the vault, and finds that the sole-human was murdered. Mystery ensues.
The Far Harbor quest-line, Braindead, takes place in a hotel where the rich have put their brains into robot bodies to live forever. A murder must be solved here as well, but unlike in Autumn Leaves, the crime scene is fresh. The murderer may very well still be in the vault!
Other similarities exist as well, as pointed out by BaronVonChateau on Moddb. BaronVonChateau posted a list of similar screenshots as well as plot points on the site, some of which are enough to make you question the validity of the stolen idea claim.
Okay, so those are pretty similar shots (Top Fallout 4, Bottom New Vegas). Other similarities found by Baron included a talk on art, romance with a robot, and a voice modulation quandary. Despite the likenesses, however, I feel like there are too many differences to make this a copy or stolen idea.
In a statement to Gamespot, Bethesda’s VP of Marketing, Pete Hines, spoke on the situation.
?We love our mod community and would never disrespect them,” said Hines. “I checked, and any similarities between the two are a complete coincidence.?
What do you think? Was the idea stolen or not? Let us know in the comments below!