Another decades-long mystery of the Fallout universe has been put to rest.
Image Credit: Bethesda, Fallout 4
Besides trivial things like Raiders, Super Mutants, and the Brotherhood of Steel, the Fallout universe is also well-known for its myriads of mysteries, ranging from simple easter eggs to lore-based enigmas that have been puzzling fans for decades.
One such enduring mystery revolved around the identity of the party responsible for starting the war and first launching the nukes on October 23, 2077, with potential culprits including the USA, China, Vault-Tec, and even aliens. Recently, however, the true initiator of the not-so-Great War has been revealed during an interview with Tim Cain, the co-creator of the Fallout series, conducted by YouTuber TKs-Mantis.
Speaking to TKs-Mantis, Cain disclosed that it was, in fact, China who launched the a-bombs first, stating that the reason for the nuclear strike were the United States' experiments with bio-weapons, including the FEV, the virus that gave birth to an assortment of Wasteland inhabitants, including first and foremost, the Super Mutants.
According to Cain, the Chinese had requested the US to cease these experiments, and on the surface, the US agreed to do so. However, they actually continued their research in secret, prompting the launch of the nuclear missiles, which ultimately set the stage for the Fallout world depicted in the game series.
"The reason we got nuked is: bio-weapons were illegal and somehow China found out we were doing FEV. And they were like, 'You have to stop it.' And we went, 'Okay'. But all we did is move it," Cain said in the interview.
Image Credit: Bethesda, Fallout 3
Earlier, Tim Cain also unveiled the true reason why Vault-Tec built a series of underground bunkers, saying that the shelters were built to test out the technologies that would make it possible to build an interstellar multi-generation starship, as well as how people would react to such a confined and isolated space.