Fallout Online's first playable race revealed via 'Pip-Pad'

Fallout Online's first official player race has been revealed by developer Interplay, and it looks like swarmy smoothskins won't be the only wastelanders making friends online.

Buried amidst The Armageddon Rag articles on Interplay's Pip-Pad site (Fallout's steampunk version of the Apple iPad), the studio has dropped a description of the game's Ghoul class. The sickly creatures are a diverse race that can hold their own in battle, and specialize in engineering and trade.

According to the description: "[Ghouls] enjoy fixing broken technology more than most survivors in the wastelands but that doesn’t prevent them from being dangerous opponents in combat. Ghouls have high radiation resistance and slightly better than normal Intelligence. Their gear tends to be in better condition than other races, but that’s not always true.”

The post also explains that players who choose to go ghouly will begin the game with two abilities, Complaint Department and Geiger Counted; as well as have access to two unique traits, Radiant One and Tech Wizard.

Interplay has been dropping hints about its upcoming Fallout MMO via cryptic emails for some time, but only recently have those hints translated into cold, hard details. Ripten has also dug up some interesting information from the studio's forums; namely, that guilds will be called 'guilds' (strange, we know), and that the new combat system will not be a clone of Bethesda's VATS system, but one designed specifically for the MMO space wherein one's SPECIAL characteristics will be calculated on the fly and have a huge influence on combat outcomes.

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  • Spacegrass - November 23, 2010 7:11 a.m.

    Why would anyone want to play a ghoul? Bunch of disgusting zombies if you ask me. Can I play Enclave?
  • Shagnasty - November 23, 2010 6:37 a.m.

    Kick some ass, T-Wub. It's a mix of futuristic technology made up of old and outdated stuff. I think it fits "steam punk" rather well without having some faggy anime shit.
  • The_Tingler - November 23, 2010 6:03 a.m.

    Considering I have no interest in WoW and every interest in Fallout Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Star Trek Online and Star Wars: The Old Republic, I think MMOs are fine - as long as it's a universe I actually want to explore. Fallout Online needs some screenshots and a video at least to convince me.
  • soren - November 22, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    Yeah too many mmo's. Just face the facts, noone will ever dethrone WoW
  • ventanger - November 22, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    Ah, I was just looking at the Pip-Pad site, not their main site. Still, the main site is just a flash intro to... a forum. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the Fallout universe, but this is really a job for Bethesda. Like I said, Interplay is going through some very, very rough times and are ill-equipped for making anything other than a long-delayed flop.
  • drewbian - November 22, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    hahaha tyler you're on a rampage of awesome. and i can't wait for fallout online, i enjoy getting emails from a Mr Handy its just too awesome. i cant wait for it to come out
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - November 22, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    @DreamWeaverPL I think it's fair to say that there is steampunk influence in Fallout's design, given its alternate history technology. Anyway, the comment was more of a joke about the iPad. We do, believe it or not, know Fallout's back story. But enjoy thinking you're clever.
  • DreamWeaverPL - November 22, 2010 8:17 p.m.

    Fallout IS NOT STEAMPUNK!!! GR, why do you always have to say something tragically moronic in each article?! :/
  • Genericpenisjoketista - November 22, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    Meh, not too strange to call guilds what they are. Think about how the Brotherhood of Steel calls their ranks by names such as "Knight," "Paladin," "Squire," etc.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - November 22, 2010 8:09 p.m.

    @ventanger Bare-bones? True it's just a beta sign up, but they do have a cool animation, and music!
  • BrunettePride - November 22, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    I will play it as I'm a big FO fan, but only if there's no subscription. We pay enough for PC's/Consoles/the games themselves as it is nowadays. I really hope this game does happen though.
  • atomicsandman - November 22, 2010 7:25 p.m.

    Hmm, this could either be extremely good or extremely bad (if it ever gets released). But really, the MMO market is becoming really bloated lately.
  • EliteM0nk3y - November 22, 2010 7:19 p.m.

    If it isn't subscription based, I will definitely play this. Otherwise, forget it.
  • ventanger - November 22, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    I really doubt this game is going to be released, and that bare-bones website really doesn't exude confidence. Interplay is a shadow of what it once was, and is still suffering financially. ...I see that site and think "Roger Corman's Fantastic Four", a budget production made just for legal purposes.
  • HumorTumor - November 22, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    If it has no subscription and is on console count me interested. Unless it takes forever to comeout and I get a gaming ready pc.
  • JMAN1156 - November 22, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    What!?! Fallout online! Their are enough freaking MMO's out there already. Also First

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