Fallout: New California, the fully-fledged prequel mod for Obsidian Entertainment’s Fallout: New Vegas, has officially entered open beta, which includes the entire story of the game.

New California is amazingly ambitious for a mod, sporting a new story with branching paths, a new playable character, 14,000 lines of voiced dialogue, and 12 different endings. The mod has been in development by project leader Brendan Lee since 2012, originally titled as Fallout: Project Brazil before changing direction.

Story-wise, players assume the role of a new player character, an adopted resident of Vault 18, embarking on a journey through the wastelands of the New California Republic’s Cajon Pass. The mod is listed as a prequel, so the conclusion will likely tie in nicely with the beginning of Fallout: New Vegas‘s fragmented story.

The mod boasts a large open world, littered with outposts and side quests, but the major appeal is the main story, which promises to be lengthy and multifaceted in terms of player choice. Alongside the new map and quests are new monster designs, weapons, and NPCs.

More information can be found on the New California ModDb page. Modders have really outdone themselves in recent years, with standalone mods such as Total War: Rise of Mordor and Neotokyo setting the bar, and New California looks no different. The mod appears to not only be enjoyable, but an essential addition to the Fallout canon.

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