June 11, 2014

Fallout - Cut Content

You boozed your brain out of your head once too often and now your body is craving for more... and more... and more... well done! You got yourself addicted.
This was only partially implemented in Fallout and Fallout 2. Art and descriptions exist, but the addiction itself is not defined and so it cannot be obtained.

Fallout cut content refers to the content in original Fallout game, which was cut from the final version of the game. A few of it can still be found in the game files but is inaccessible within the game itself. While there is so many of cut content in Fallout, we'll be focusing on the most interesting ones:


The Jackals 
During the spring of 2141, four groups left Vault 15 to brave the Wasteland. In the winter of the same year, three of these groups became roving gangs of raiders: the Jackals, the Vipers, and the Khans. The Jackals founder and first leader is unknown. After their creation, they began to raid Shady Sands and fought extensively against the Vipers and the Khans, until they were defeated by the Khans and fled east of California sometime before 2161. Though they were once very feared, along with the Vipers they were almost all destroyed by the NCR and the remaining Jackals were again pushed further east, towards the Mojave Wasteland. Profoundly savage and cannibalistic nature. They are mentioned in Fallout but finally only appeared in-game in Fallout: New Vegas in 2281.

The Thinker Nightkin
An utopian idealists, living in the harsh dystopian wastelands. All known members are super mutant nightkin, but they recruit humans into their ranks as was attempted with the Vault Dweller. They believe that together the humans and mutants can work to build a better wasteland, and ultimately bring peace to all. The thinker nightkin were initially meant to be included in the original Fallout, but they were eventually cut, and are only mentioned by in the shared dialogue file.

The Vipers
A band of quasi-religious raider-tribals with a profound shamanistic nature. They originated from Vault 15 with two other raider groups (Khans and Jackals). From Killian Darkwater's dialogue, their main base is called The Shrine in 2161, and was located north from Junktown but was cut from the final version of the game. The Vipers were initially meant to be included in Fallout and are only mentioned by Aradesh, Ian and Killian Darkwater. Jess Heinig said:
There were originally going to be two other raider tribes in addition to the Khans—the Vipers and some other group the Jackals. We had this idea worked out for the Vipers being in a cleft in a canyon with some beat-up wagons or motor homes, and a sort of snake-worship-cult thing going on. There was gonna be a quest where you could become an honorary Viper and go through their pit of serpents and gain the Snakeater perk for free. Sadly, we just didn't have time to actually build the map.
They are also mentioned in Fallout 3, in the Citadel of the Capital Wasteland Brotherhood of Steel. A computer containing information about Maxson family reveals that western Brotherhood were fighting this raider group before the encounter with the Master. Maxson II, father of John Maxson, was killed by them. They finally appear as enemies in Fallout: New Vegas, albeit splintered and weak. They were also to appear in Van Buren, the canceled Fallout 3 project by Black Isle Studios.


Viper Camp
The Vipers hideout, or as they call it "The Shrine," is many small adobe buildings surrounding a large pit. This pit is where they conduct their religious ceremonies. The sacrifices are placed within the pit and several huge Pit Vipers slither out to claim their meal. Although it has never happened, if anyone were to escape the pit, the Vipers would let that individual go, claiming it was the will of the great Snake.

Burrows Raccoon concept art
The Burrows is a small community, founded in 2101 by FEV-mutated raccoons known as S'Lanter from the West Tek Research Facility. Log Date January 12, 2076:
With batch 11-011, we have improved the mitotic cycle efficiency by 43%. We have infected 53 raccoons with the new strain. In addition to the now expected size increase, behavioral tests confirmed an increase in intelligence and manual dexterity by 19 points on the Schuler-Kapp index. Unfortunately, several subjects escaped confinement and had to be hunted down and dispatched. Major Barneet ordered the remaining subjects terminated. Two pairs were unaccounted for.
The above excerpt is from the FEV experiment disk found at the Glow in Fallout and is the only remaining in-game reference to the non-existent area.

Brotherhood Ruins
Originally, the Lost Hills was not a bunker - it was a small concrete building, found by soldiers from Mariposa that employed it as a base, and slowly, but steadily changed it into a true fortress. The Brotherhood also had an invasion ending planned, where the super mutants march against the Brotherhood and lay siege to Lost Hills. While defending their fortress valiantly, a traitor, Kedrick, would assassinate the Elders and sell the Brothers to the super mutants. Lost Hills would be subsequently destroyed. An unused "Dead Brotherhood" map is still included in the game files and can be accessed via the main menu.

Other cut elements include a few non-player characters (notably a scribe mourning the Brotherhood's reluctance to explore "soft" sciences such as sociology or psychology), a romance subplot including Jennifer, the Paladin, another Michael-related sub quest about pulse grenades and girls from lower levels and a day/night cycle in the bunker.

Other Random Locations/Encounters
There are some MSG files for a type of random encounter that was never fully implemented: people from a nearby location who had lots of dialog, depending on your rep there, could give you news or lead you to their base.
  • Lance, one of the guards from Shady Sands' long-range patrols. His dialog was: Just stay where you are. We've heard about you in Shady Sands and we want no part of you.
  • A lone raider - The lone raider is raider roaming the wastes near Shady Sands in 2161. His dialog was: They have destroyed Shady Sands. They kill anyone in their path. I never dreamt such ferocity existed. We are all doomed...
  • Sean - finding the remains of an ambushed caravan along with the corpse of a Vault 13 scout named Sean, who turned super mutant.
Vault 13 couple - When the Vault Dweller left on their quest to save Vault 13, this couple took over their room. It was, however, promised to the Vault Dweller that their room would be left empty awaiting their return. Dialog was: We didn't think that you were coming back. You have such a nice room, and we were a little crowded with her parents. I hope you don't mind.


Become a Blade
The symbol of the Vipers
This quest was to be given to the Vault Dweller by Razor, if first spoken to Fire and getting directed to her.

Become an honorary Viper
Like most other content cut from Fallout, this quest was likely excluded due to time constraints. Dialog: You could become an honorary Viper and go through their pit of serpents and gain the Snakeater perk for free.

Deliver Locket for Romero
a side quest cut from the final version of Fallout.

Deliver package from the Gun Runners
According to the global variables, it seems as though this quest was about actually delivering a bomb to the Followers of the Apocalypse in the Boneyard Library. Dialog: I have a package for you from Gabriel. Other dialog: Hmm. I see. Thank you.

Rescue Jason Zimmerman
The quest involved freeing Jason, son of Jon Zimmerman, who was being held captive by the Rippers. The quest was cut when the gang itself was cut from the game and their warehouse became infested with deathclaws instead.

Stop the Gangs from attacking Adytum
Originally the Blades were a gang and the Regulators were the "typical" honest police force, but later the developers got the idea of switching the groups' moralities, making the Blades honest people and the Regulators overly authoritarian. The quest was likely removed since it contradicted this state of affairs.

The Search for the Glow, The Trade Line, To Catch a Wisp and The Wood Cutter's Wife quests was cut because the location it was given in, the Burrows, was cut from the game as well.

A Brotherhood mini quest 
Was meant to deliver Pulse Grenades from Michael to Sophia. Also more extended dialogue with Michael, and being able to con a Laser Pistol out of him.

A Brotherhood spy quest.

Find Children spy in the Followers
One of the unimplemented side quests from Fallout. It can be assumed that the Followers of the Apocalypse had been infiltrated by the Children of the Cathedral, and the purpose of this quest was to find and apprehend the traitor. Unfortunately, the traitor was either removed from the final version of the game or never implemented, effectively rendering the quest impossible to complete. This will also give the Followers of the Apocalypse a bad ending, regardless of what the Vault Dweller might try to do. With Fallout: New Vegas, the good ending is considered canon.
It seems the name of the spy was Heather.

  • A quest to deliver (perhaps unwittingly) a bomb to a Follower named Jake (you can ask Nicole about him).
  • Being able to report Iguana Bob to the Hub police (really).
  • A mini quest involving Billy and Dan in the Hub, which has been fully scripted but seemingly does not work.


Shady Sands
Agatha, the story-teller, Elder, Barterman, Guard (Barterman) and Sammy.

Hernandez, a man of mucho gusto, a gambler with a foolproof system. Vasquez Villanova Hernandez Ortega, a mercenary desperado. Bob, who owes many caps at Gizmo's Casino.

The Hub
Avery, Richie - you could pose as a Hub Vault Inspector when confronting him. Rufus, playing Cyberhood, Prince of the Matrix. Hubbian and Troy.

Followers of the Apocalypse
Amber, Alan, Heather, a spy working for the Children. Henry, Herion, Peter, Jake, second in command. Jelissa, Jessica, Lynda, Mohandki, Nancy, Percy, Savil, Shannon and Neil.

Fire, Razor's right-hand man. Romero, Snake, Dolgan, Beca, Jade, Dragon and Michelle.

Lost Hills
Brenden, Kedrick and Farli.

Most cathedral NPCs give you only a small part of their dialog. A good example is Viola, who has many lines that cannot be accessed. So it's hard to tell if actually any NPCs were completely removed. Dumar, Zack Barstow. Cut psykers: Dominic - "A strange energy flares from his eyes" and Wiggup - "Small sparks of energy flow over his body" This is probably Wiggum. Cut Cathedral members: Surf and Barracus.

Super mutants
They may have been supposed for the Mariposa Military Base or the Master's Lair, it's not always quite sure. Uthern, leader of the Super Mutants. Rae, he might join you in your fight against the Master.

Other Cut Content
Happy endings for the Followers (with a picture showing an unbroken wall) and the Hub (with a picture showing Iguana Bob), and mutant invasion endings for Junktown (with a picture showing a the super mutant) including the Brotherhood.

In-game effects of mutant invasions of the Followers, Hub, Brotherhood, Junktown and Shady Sands.

A clue index, mostly serving as reminders of known information, and a function to store video clips in your Pip-Boy.

An unused "fire dance" death animation for children and midgets.

As you can see there is plenty of cutted contents from original Fallout game, and those above are just the most interesting ones, not all of it. You could build a whole new game just from those cuts.. For more cut content visit Fallout wiki, which was the source of this article.

Fallout 1, 2 Tactics, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4