Bethesda confirms 3 new DLC packs for Fallout: New Vegas

Bethesda has confirmed the arrival of three new DLC packs for Fallout: New Vegas, as well as its affinity for naming post-apocalyptic adventures after depressing country songs.

Entitled Honest Hearts, Old World Blues and Lonesome Road, the New Vegas add-ons will arrive in May, June and July respectively, and will release simultaneously on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC via Steam and Direct2Drive.

The first pack, Honest Hearts,  tells the harrowing tale of a wastelander forced to navigate the wilds of Utah's Zion National Park after their expedition party is ransacked by tribal raiders. To survive, players will be required to pick sides in a brewing conflict between aforementioned tribesman, a New Canaanite missionary and the so-called Burned Man. It's out on May 17.

Old World Blue appears to offer something of a twist to the “go to this desolate settlement, kill this destitute enemy” formula in that players will assume the role of a mangled human test subject seeking revenge on the scientists responsible for his/her monstrous condition. It will have players digging around the Big Empty (aka more sun-baked Nevada desert) in search of technology that will enable them to achieve said vengeance or join teams to take down a bigger enemy. Wait, can't we do both? I'm doing both. That'll teach you, science.

Lonesome Hearts is the last of the announced DLC, and looks to tie up some loose ends when it is released in July. In it, players are contacted by Ulysses, the Mohave courier who originally turned down the job to deliver the Platinum Chip at the onset of Fallout: New Vegas; a device which is revealed to be central to the entire New Vegas story. Offering truth in exchange for help on one last job, Ulysses sends players on a mission into an environmentally ravaged part of Nevada called the Divide. Bethesda has not confirmed if players will be entering the Divide as a brand new character, or if Lonesome Hearts is intended as an extension to the main story.

All combined, the DLC aims to flesh out the Fallout: New Vegas mythos, as well as answer any lingering questions. Assuming you had any lingering questions. This isn't exactly Lost we're dealing with.

Each pack will be available for $9.99 / 800 Microsoft Points apiece.

May 3, 2011

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