If you’ve been jonesing for some information regarding the factions system in Fallout: New Vegas, Bethesda Softworks’ Pete Hines has some juicy details. Hines says New Vegas will be home to not just two main factions, but a bunch of other smaller factions as well that can either help or hinder the player’s progress depending on how they are interacted with.
The two main factions are NCR and Caesar’s Legion, but it’s not made out so that one is good and one is evil. Says Hines, “We’ve tried to have everything in Fallout: New Vegas not to be so black and white. These are the good guys these are the bad guys, if you join with these guys you are bad, if you join with these guys you are good. It’s not quite that cut and dry.”
Depending on if the player leans towards supporting NCR or Caesar’s Legion, the other side will act more hostile as a response. For example, if you support Caesar’s Legion by attacking the NCR, then Hines explains, “They may send Rangers out, the badass guys that you see on the box cover are the Rangers, those are the elite of the NCR, and they may send those guys out to take you out.”
The differences in gameplay caused by the player’s faction affiliation will of course give incentive to replay New Vegas. According to Hines, the player’s affiliation will also affect the game environment: “So the wasteland changes itself like that more than anything else, which is, I’m moving around and trying to get into Helios One,” Hines explains, “But when I get there the NCR is in control, I spent all this time fighting them I can’t just be like ‘hey guys how’s it going’, it is going to make it much more complicated to get into that facility.”
You’ll be able to check out the interactive faction system for yourself when Fallout: New Vegas is released on October 19 in the US and October 22 in Europe.