|Developer||Black Isle Studios|
|Release Date||Canceled in 2003|
Van Buren is the project name of a game Black Isle Studios (the orginal creators of Fallout) were going to make for the PC. It was supposed to be fully 3D, and feature a new game engine. The game was canceled in 2003 when the game was almost finished. Van Buren was supposed to be their version of Fallout 3.
Like all the other games, Van Buren was supposed to take place post-apocalyptic America after a nuclear exchange between all of the worlds superpowers.
Van Buren was originally supposed to take place somewhere in the west. According to Black Isles it was going to be set somewhere around 2253.
The story begins with the wanderer in a prison cell. Black Isles added two options, you could be an innocent person that was wrongly accused, or a criminal.
Missile's hit the prison, and the wanderer breaks out and goes into the Wasteland to make a name for himself. The player would have to avoid the robots that wanted to take him back to the prison, some corrupt NCR soldiers, and uncover a mad scientists sinister plot.
- The game was going to be in 3D.
- Black Isle was going to introduce a choice of turn-based combat or real time combat.
- Choices the player makes would effect the game more.
 Tech Demo
A tech demo of Van Buren was released by the site No Mutants Allowed. It is incredibly buggy, but it gives you a taste of what Van Buren would have been. The article and download link is here.
 Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas
Many ideas were borrowed from Van Buren to create Fallout 3 and FoNV. Some factions like Caesar's Legion and the Powder Gangs that were originally going to appear in Van Buren are set to appear in Fallout New Vegas. Bethesda has said that a lot of the new guns in Fallout 3 resembles those in Van Buren.
- Black Isle has never announced the real name of Van Buren.