Just in time for the inevitable Summer Sales, Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics have made their grand returns to Steam. The games’ departure from all online distribution services earlier this year (including Steam and GoG.com) was part of the transition to new publisher Bethesda, who reportedly needed time to remove outdated elements.
We’d been told the studio would be removing “existing publisher info, legal text, etc”, but we’re also now learning that Bethesda has made a few tweaks to the games as well.
Both the original Fallout and Fallout 2 now have “default” gameplay modes that allow for high resolutions, as well as the original, unmodified “classic”. Fallout Tactics is unmodified but allows multiplayer via direct connection (and will not run on Windows 8). All three games now feature Steam Cloud support for savegames.
If you’ve been meaning to get back into the vault, now’s your chance. All three games are available for US$10 each, or a bundle of three for US$20 (prices may vary by region). If you’ve already bought the games on Steam, they’ll still be in your library. (There’s no current word on if or when the games will make their way back to GoG.com.)
Of course, while we understand you’re very excited and want the games nownownow, we’d like to advise a word of caution. It’s that time of year where Steam prices start dropping, so if you can hold off for just a little while, you could nab an even bigger bargain.