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Is Amazon's Fallout series in the same continuity as the games? Here's the latest on the question of canon

How much do you need to know about the games to enjoy the show?

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The Fallout series is one of the most celebrated and unique franchises in video game history, so there are plenty of eager fans waiting to see how Amazon handles such a big project. From the iconic imagery to the tongue-in-cheek humor that is the foundation for the series’ storytelling, the show already has a lot to handle. But how is it going to tackle the history of the setting? Will the Fallout series be canon to the video games, or will it be set in its own alternate universe?

We already know that Amazon’s Fallout series will be canon to the video games that inspired it, taking place within the same continuity. This was confirmed last year when Bethesda director Todd Howard, who is also an executive producer on the series, explained that the game studio “views what’s happening in the show as canon” in an interview with Vanity Fair.

Does this mean that you’ll need to play through each of the Fallout games before you stream the show? No, since the show takes place toward the end of the Fallout timeline, more than 50 years after the previous game set in the New California region, Fallout 2. While that doesn’t mean that there won’t be some familiar faces and names that pop up, it does give the writers plenty of scope to put their spin on the setting.

This means that, because Amazon’s Fallout series takes place in the same continuity as the games, we can expect factions like the Brotherhood of Steel to be consistent with their in-game counterparts. How the residents of Vault 33 react to meeting the outside world is something we look forward to discovering as we binge all eight episodes of the show when they are released.


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