Massive Fallout: New Vegas mod The Frontier taken offline by its creators

An image from Fallout New Vegas mod The Frontier
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The Frontier is a mod for Fallout: New Vegas released earlier this month after years of work (opens in new tab). With a playable area the size of the base game's Mojave Desert, three faction storylines, and driveable vehicles, it was hotly anticipated—so much that when it was released it drew enough visitors to crash the NexusMods website.

You won't find The Frontier on NexusMods (opens in new tab) right now, however. It's been removed by the modding team, and replaced with the following statement:

"Some deeply concerning news has emerged in the past few hours. We have been recently notified that one of our developers, ZuTheSkunk, had posted animated pedophillic content on their personal artist accounts. The items in question are deeply disturbing to the entire team, and we condemn them in the strongest sense. ZuTheSkunk has since been removed from the Development Team and banned off of our Community Discord. We will be conducting dialogue with members of the development team to hear their thoughts regarding the current situation and help make our decision more informed. We have stopped production and work on the mod to address the current events properly. More measures will be undertaken and a more detailed address will be posted soon."

Players have previously raised concerns over some of The Frontier's content, and the way it's written—in particular, a teenage girl who can be made into the player-character's sex slave (opens in new tab), and a settlement of reptile-people who have sex with humans (opens in new tab). While the Fallout games have dealt with adult themes and let players behave in morally reprehensible ways—and not shied away from slavery in particular—even players impressed by the mod's technical achievements have been critical of its "fetishized characters" (opens in new tab)

The Frontier also has a Steam page (opens in new tab), but has yet to be made available there. If you're looking for some alternatives, consider one of these New Vegas mods instead (opens in new tab).

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.