Project Van Buren
Project Van Buren is an attempt to recreate the original Fallout 3, a 3D isometric computer role-playing game codenamed Van Buren, that was developed by now-defunct Black Isle Studios before the project’s cancellation in late 2003.
What is Project Van Buren?
Project Van Buren was born in 2017 as an attempt to recreate the original Fallout 3, a 3D isometric computer role-playing game codenamed Van Buren, that was developed by now-defunct Black Isle Studios before the project’s cancellation in late 2003. Blending together the original design of the legendary role-playing masterminds and modern technologies of today, Project Van Buren aims to reimplement the once-to-be-classic sequel to Fallout 2 with utmost focus on preserving its original spirit in modern technical finish.
In spite of being still in relatively early stages od development by the time of project’s cancellation, Black Isle Studios had already managed to establish a recognizable yet unique artstyle that brought the original “retro-futurism meets Mad Max” post-apocalyptic style of Fallout and Fallout 2 into fully three-dimensional environments. Project Van Buren aims to recapture and preserve this visual presentation to the pettiest detail, staying true with the intended course of its original makers.
Reviving nearly 20 years old product inevitably brings up a lot of questions in terms of its technical implementation in modern age. We’ve been changing and shaping both tech and art to finally achieve perfect blend between old-school visuals and modern-day standards in computer graphics. Using several technological enhancements such as precomputed static lighting, modern shading techniques and additional realtime dynamic lighting, we made sure the original aesthetics is not harmed in any way, while we hope the enhancements to bring more visually acceptable experience for modern gamers.