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Fallout TV Show Doesn’t Retcon Lore, Confirms New Vegas as Canon

Key Points:

  • The new Fallout TV series on Prime Video has received mostly positive reviews
  • Some fans expressed concerns that the show was retconning established Fallout lore
  • Claims were made that the show’s timeline conflicted with Fallout: New Vegas
  • Bethesda’s Emil Pagliarulo has confirmed that New Vegas remains canon

The long-awaited Fallout TV series has arrived on Prime Video, and while the overall response has been overwhelmingly positive, a vocal minority of fans have expressed concerns about the show’s potential impact on the established Fallout lore.

Concerns About Fallout Lore Conflicts

Fallout_ New Vegas Titleshot via IGN
Fallout_ New Vegas Titleshot via IGN

Midway through the series, viewers learned of an important event that some believed could conflict with the timeline of Fallout: New Vegas. This led to speculation that the show was retconning the non-Bethesda Fallout games, including the beloved Fallout 1, 2, and New Vegas, out of the franchise’s established canon.

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Bethesda Design Director Addresses the Controversy

Fallout - Official Trailer Via Prime Video
Fallout – Official Trailer Via Prime Video

According to PCGamer, In an effort to clear up the confusion, Emil Pagliarulo, Bethesda Game Studios’ design director and lead designer and writer of Fallout 3 and 4, took to Twitter to share a Fallout timeline. While this helped provide some context, one Twitter user posed the crucial question: “So is New Vegas canon or not?”

Pagliarulo’s response was unequivocal:

“Of course it is. We’ve never suggested otherwise.”

This definitive statement from a Bethesda veteran should put to rest any lingering concerns that the Fallout TV series is attempting to retcon or erase the established lore of the franchise, including the critically acclaimed Fallout: New Vegas.

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Lessons for the Future

Ella Purnell in Fallout
Ella Purnell in Fallout

While the Fallout fandom can breathe a sigh of relief that their beloved canon remains intact, this episode serves as a lesson for the creators of the TV series. By being more transparent and proactive in addressing potential lore conflicts, they could have avoided a significant amount of confusion and concern among the dedicated Fallout community.

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