April Progress Update

Hi, us again. Last month we said that there wouldn’t be a monthly update, we had plans to release a trailer, which got pushed back a little bit—we want it to be as good as possible. We recently released a teaser and it’s received over half a million views. We’re absolutely blown away by the reception and are hard at work on the full trailer, which should be dropping soon™. That being said, we felt bad leaving you with just a tease, so here’s another Fallout: Miami monthly update, this one’s on us.

Speaking of the teaser, you were all very impressed with the wonderful backing track composed by Sergey Neiss, so here it is.

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Back in March, we showed off one of the pre-war entertainment posters, drawn by NomaN. There’s more than one way to spend a pleasant evening in Miami. Apart from piano bars, you can go out and catch a movie, a horror movie, a horror movie about a killer robot. Poster courtesy of NomaN.

Weapon time! Chainsaw by Coolest Guy, not much more to say. Expect to find this piece of equipment in H&H Tools stores and in the hands of those willing to rip and/or tear.

Sticking to the theme or tools turned weapons, here’s a bit of concept art for an entrenching tool, by hard_lighter. Miami may not have suffered direct nuclear attacks, but the city was in chaos all the same. Par for the course for an apocalypse. The military was called in to control the situation, but two hundred years later, only scattered equipment and desolate checkpoints remain.

Now for an old favorite. We’ve been working on the Uzi, it now has weapon mods, some of which you can see here. Original asset by ToastyFresh, mods by TorqueDigital.

Let’s talk characters. You might remember the Dreamers from our February monthly update, there we mentioned that an “ambitious member of the Cubanos” saw potential in getting them hooked on Luna. His name is Carlos Trueno.
Suave, opportunistic and with little respect for the core values of the Cubanos, it’s no wonder that Carlos earned the ire of the Segura family patriarch, and Cubanos boss—Emilio Segura. He was punished for his transgression, violently. The cybernetic prostheses serve as reminders of what youthful arrogance can lead to. This all happened many years ago, Mr. Segura is old now, and Carlos thinks it’s time for the Cubanos to take a different approach to business. Concept art by
Cameron August.

Ingame screenshots are a staple of these monthly updates, April is no exception. Enjoy.

Thank you for all of your support and the amazing reception of the teaser. Your appreciation for our work is one of the things that motivates us to make Miami as amazing as possible. Don’t forget to drop by our community Discord if you want to get in touch, and if you think you have what it takes to help us make Fallout: Miami a reality, send us your application.

- K. Constantine

March Progress Update

Spring is here, flowers are blooming, and it’s time for a Fallout: Miami monthly update.

Here’s another moody track from TheSurpriser, good background music for reading this update.

Just like last time, we’ll start off by showing another bit of worldbuilding. Tourist hotspot that Miami was, it of course played host to all kinds of entertainers. While exploring the vacation wasteland, you’ll find many pre-war advertisements, for a variety of acts and venues. What’s a night in a vacation wonderland without some live music. This poster, promoting a famous Cuban singer, is just one of many that NomaN, new member of the Miami team, has contributed.

Back in January we showed you a piece of weapon concept art. TorqueDigital took that and made it a reality. The Squirtgun is a weapon fashioned from a popular pre-war toy, converted to squirt acid. When caustic substances aren’t enough, and you absolutely need to violate even more stipulations of the Geneva Convention, then loading even more dangerous and volatile substances into your Squirtgun is an option.

Let’s take a step back for a moment. A lot of you have been wondering where exactly Fallout: Miami takes place and what the ingame map will include. We’re going to answer that question today. Here are the borders of the Fallout: Miami game world, a loving recreation of a lovely part of southern Miami Beach. In order to fit all of the interesting locations we have planned, we’ve taken a few creative liberties, but our map remains mostly accurate to the real world area we want to represent.
The city is divided into several districts, each with its own unique locations and atmosphere. Starting from the top:

  • Meridian: On the outskirts you’ll find Meridian, an industrial zone that hosts the well-known Pop & Chill bottling plant, among other factories, and the homes of Miami’s working class.
  • Atlantic: Just over the river is Atlantic, a district of two parts. Along the coast are some of the most opulent resort hotels, including the world-famous Sunshine Hotel & Casino, while the central area is mostly residential.
  • Maimon: Home to the university campus and hospital.
  • Bayshore: Luxury housing and luxury leisure, mansions are a common sight in Bayshore and the Cuban golf course is an ever popular destination for fat cats both native and visiting.
  • Sheridan: Similarly to Atlantic, the coastline is dedicated to tourism. On the west side of the river are many suburb-like neighbourhoods, as well as Miami Beach Sheridan High School, which borders Bayshore’s vast golf course.
  • Downtown: The beating heart of Miami. Business, shopping, bars, restaurants, theaters, Downtown has it all, including civic buildings such as City Hall and the Miami Beach Convention Center.
  • Flamingo: A patchwork of retirement communities, entertainment and luxury, Flamingo is Miami, just calmer. Locations range from Miami’s largest yacht club to the Flamingo Trailer Park.

Last month we introduced you to Jimmy Hart, a companion character who’s also a prospective member of the Nuclear Patriots. From runt to top dog, we’re now going to talk about the leader of the faction - Axel Slate. Born in 2244, Slate was your average Kentucky kid, adventurous, resourceful and kind of rowdy.
When the Nuclear Patriots rode through town, fourteen year old Slate couldn’t resist sneaking onto one of their trucks. A kid is an unusual prospect, but being young doesn’t stop one from being strong, especially not a boy who’s a head taller than his peers. He rode with them, learning their philosophy and doing all kinds of odd jobs.
One night, while the Nuclear Patriots made camp in southern Georgia, Slate was put on watch duty. Poking the campfire and lost in thought, he was startled by the loud clanging of falling scrap. A thief had snuck into their camp. Forgetting his .22 rifle, he chased the crook down and managed to crush his skull with an axle shaft in the ensuing brawl, earning himself the name Axel.
During the next couple of decades he became the most accomplished pit fighter in the group, so it was no surprise that he eventually became their leader, following the death of Big Red, the man who led their exodus from Motor City.
Axel Slate is an idealist, believing strongly in the anarcho libertarian philosophy of the Nuclear Patriots. A straightforward man, he speaks plainly and isn’t afraid to throw punches. Despite being in his early forties, you’ll regularly see him in the Fight Pit, brawling with the younger members and prospects. Concept art by Alice, her first contribution to Fallout: Miami.

And now, your monthly dose of ingame screenshots.

Don’t forget to check out our community Discord and if you want to help us make Miami a reality, apply here. Next month’s blog post is canceled, so expect something a little different. See you on the other side of April!

- K. Constantine

February Progress Update

The shortest month of the year is almost up and that means it’s time for another Fallout: Miami progress update!

We’ve talked about the importance of brands in fleshing out a unique Fallout location before, but it doesn’t just stop at soft drinks. Miami is a place for people with refined tastes, especially when it comes to tobacco. Nothing short of the finest luxury cigars, imported from Cuba, can satisfy the discerning smoker. Habana Sol is a brand with quite the history, starting out as a small family business and growing to a major international exporter of rich, flavourful tobacco products. Banned during the period in which the island was in China’s Communist sphere of influence, these cigars remained so beloved that they were smuggled into Miami. Once Cuba was liberated, people rejoiced at the familiar sight of Habana Sol vending machines, pictured below. This asset was made by a newcomer to the Fallout: Miami development team, NathanielW, with concept art by Sfaira.

We’re going to shed some more light on one of Miami’s factions, which you might already be familiar with, the Dreamers. Originally, they were a group of escaped slaves who settled down in the old university campus. A particularly ambitious member of the Cubanos saw an opportunity and was able to get them hooked on Luna, a powerful hallucinogenic drug that induces euphoric dreams, hence the name Dreamers. Once these sorry souls became addicted and willing to do anything for their next fix, this Cubano began using them for all sorts of unsavory tasks. Clothed in whatever was available on campus, they would be led to the mainland and tasked with threatening, raiding and attacking rival gangs. The rewards for their efforts were whatever loot the Cubanos had no need for and, of course, their next dose of Luna.

Luna has its drawbacks though, users eventually lose their sense of reality and experience rapidly deteriorating health. The first to suffer this decrepitude made their way to the nearby hospital, in the hope of finding something to alleviate the affliction. Even if there was some cure, their minds were too addled to make use of it. The condition of many of them worsened, they slowly became infirm and died. These days, Dreamers that chase the high long enough are forcefully relocated to the clinic turned crypt, where they wither away, out of sight. Lovingly rendered by Cameron August.

Onto something more cheerful. Weapons! A Fire Axe specifically, one that can also set fires. No special lore or anything fancy to say about this one, just a trusty chopper made by newcomer Coolest Guy.

It’s been a minute since we’ve talked characters, hasn’t it. You might remember Kelsey James, a companion that we showed off in December. Well, she isn’t the only one, let me introduce you to Jimmy Hart, a puckish rogue with a heart of gold. Jimmy is a recent recruit to the Nuclear Patriots who is still trying to prove he has what it takes to run with the big dogs. A Miami native who always seems to manage to talk his way out of sticky situations or stumble his way to solutions, all while managing to make it look like it was part of his plan. When he isn’t getting involved in misadventures he can often be found hanging around the various dive bars of Miami Beach.

Don’t think you’ll make it out of this update without seeing some ingame shots, our level designers work hard, here’s what they’ve been up to in the past weeks.

Before we say our goodbyes, I’d just like to remind you that we have a community Discord server, in case you wanted to get in touch with us. We’re also recruiting, if you think you have what it takes to help us make Miami a reality, submit your application here. See you next month!

K. Constantine