That’s according to Fallout: London’s project lead Dean Carter, who told NME in a recent interview that the mod’s development team has created around 45 original songs that either take inspiration from ‘50s and ‘60s British music, or reflect a specific part of the mod itself.
“Anything that has been sort of, like covered, it’s either in the public domain, or we’ve got permission to use them,” explained Carter. “The one that like skirts the line the most is ‘Nuclear Submarine’, rather than obviously ‘Yellow Submarine’”.
The ‘Nuclear Submarine’ track – along with a David Bowie-inspired song – is completely original, but aims to evoke the musical style it’s emulating whilst putting a Fallout spin on it.
“One of the songs is singing about the different tube stations,” Carter adds. “[Or] some of them might be mentioning the state of our lore before the game starts.”
Since 1997’s Fallout, the series has used licensed music to set the tone for its 1950s retro-futurist aesthetic. Bethesda’s Fallout 3 then introduced the in-game radio stations, which played licensed tracks whilst the player was roaming the world and had them strung together by fictional DJs.
“We’ve got a radio DJ,” Carter added. “They’ll be introducing everything and called Nigel The Nihilist”. This character will also have lines recorded that specifically address the players actions in the game, and others that link between different songs as they’re played on the radio as well.