After seven years of development, Fallout: The Frontier, a massive mod for Fallout: New Vegas, released in mid-January. However, it was quickly pulled down by the developers for a variety of reasons, including removing one developer's work after they were ousted for posting extremely inappropriate art. Now the mod is back on NexusMods, but a few other developers have pulled their work from the mod.
What's been removed from Fallout: The Frontier?
Project head tgspy posted a statement on the mod's page on NexusMods explaining that in addition to removing controversial lines and all of the booted developer's work, a variety of contributors have asked that their contributions be pulled from the mod. This includes multiple characters worth of voice acting, the work of a few artists, and the music for the "breach outreach" radio station. Despite saying that this would be the mod's final build, the team is looking to find some people to fill in the missing voices and icons.
As promised, the team has removed some of the mod's most controversial lines. There are no more lines about enslaving a companion named America, as well as some questionable lines from an underage NPC named Mae, who is apparently supposed to be a parody of Tumblr/Twitter artists. In the original version, she jokes about giving The Courier her virginity and mentions that "one of these days" she'll leave for the wastelands to do drugs and have sex (although her captions instead said "Once I'm eighteen.") In addition, the team also removed "a few pieces of questionable content mod wide," with tgspy adding that "We recognize that these topics were not handled tactfully, however, there was never any malicious intent behind the writing of the lines."
Are we still going to see a Steam release?
As for a Steam release, despite the controversy, the mod is still set to be on Steam. Players searching for the mod won't find it on Steam as it's been hidden, but the Steam build is being finalized along with some fixes for the mod's launcher. We've reached out to some of the creators of the mods required for The Frontier, and those who responded confirmed that they are still giving their support for the Steam release. Given that there are some voice lines now missing, it's likely that this build, whether on NexusMod or Steam, will not be the last build after all. We'll update this article as we learn more.