Bethesda says Fallout 4 DLC resembling New Vegas fan mod is a “coincidence”

Publisher Bethesda has defended itself against claims that an element of Fallout 4’s Far Harbor DLC was inspired by a New Vegas mod entitled Autumn Leaves. 

As Gamespot reports, Far Harbor includes a new quest which modder Guillaume Veer says is uncannily similar to something he created for its predecessor, called Brain Dead.

“It featured a colourful cast of eccentric robots, in charge of a forgotten Vault where a strange murder happened. Sound familiar?” he wrote on the project’s ModDB page.

He goes on to list a number of ways in which the two projects cross paths – such as the investigation of said murder, where you have to check the crime scene before speaking to every robot in the Vault – but insists he has no problem if the move was deliberate on Bethesda’s part. 

“Truth be said, I honestly thought Bethesda’s staff played Autumn Leaves, had a blast with it, took some things out of it and made their own thing for Far Harbor,” says Veer. “And I seriously think this is perfectly okay.”

Bethesda VP of marketing Pete Hines, however, insists the crossover is entirely accidental. "We love our mod community and would never disrespect them, he told Gamespot. “I checked, and any similarities between the two are a complete coincidence."

Here’s Veer’s post listing all the similarities.

Fallout 4: Far Harbor was released in May for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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