Vegas Dead Money set in Sierra Madre, has Ghost People

Sunday, 21st November 2010 17:12 GMT By Joe Anderson


Fallout: New Vegas senior designer Chris Avellone has been talking DLC Dead Money, which will be released December 21.

Speaking in the latest Bethedsa newsletter, Avellone gave some previously unknown details on the new content, such as how the setting is Sierra Madre, a city frozen in time ever since its state of the art security system locked the place up tight, meaning nothing could get in and none of the guests could get out.

A mysterious group called the Ghost People is the player’s adversary, as are the casino’s substantial defense systems.

There’s a few more bits of juicy information too; here’s what Avellone had to say:

Can you discuss the setting for Dead Money

  • Dead Money is set in the Sierra Madre, an opulent and extravagant resort that was supposed to be the greatest casino in the west – except that it never opened. Bombs fell before the gala opening, and the Sierra Madre froze in time, its state of the art security system locking the place up tight. Nothing could get in, and none of the guests could escape. Years passed. The climate control and air conditioning system within the facility began to spit toxins into the surrounding city, causing a slow cloud and haze to form over the area – which proved lethal to anyone who tried to explore the city. Only a mysterious group called the Ghost People survived to call the city home, trapped inside what appeared to be hazmat suits and never speaking to their victims… only capturing them alive and dragging them away to the depths of the city deep within the Cloud.And so the Sierra Madre faded from the history books, only occasionally being seen in posters across the wastes, until it took on mythic ghost story status… a supposed “City of Gold” in the Mojave Wasteland where all the treasures of the Old World were rumored to be held. It was kept alive as a late-night saloon story by prospectors who’d claimed to have found maps leading there… and were willing to part with the “map” for a few caps. Or a drink. Or a warm place to sleep.
  • How will the player reach this area?The Sierra Madre is a mythical place in the wastes, with travelers all risking their lives to find it. Only one man truly “found” it – and lived. After the fall of HELIOS One, Father Elijah of the Brotherhood of Steel set out to find new weapons to eradicate NCR. And in the process he found the Sierra Madre. The Courier is lured to the Sierra Madre by a faint radio broadcast advertising the gala grand opening.From a gameplay standpoint, Dead Money is accessed by loading a save file from any point in Fallout: New Vegas prior to the endgame sequence, in the same way as Operation Anchorage, Point Lookout, The Pitt or Mothership Zeta were triggered in Fallout 3.
  • Can you share details on some of the new creatures/enemies players will encounter?This being an extension of Fallout: New Vegas, players will encounter several unique characters, each with their own motivations, all of whom will have to work together if any of them are going to survive. Aside from just struggling with their would-be companions, the courier will also have to deal with the mysterious Ghost People as well as the casino’s substantial defense systems.

Fallout: New Vegas “Dead Money” is released exclusively on Xbox 360 for 800 MS Points on December 21.




  1. The_Villa

    I stil have to try NV, but this sounds reaaally good

    #1 4 years ago
  2. OrbitMonkey

    @1 I highly recommend New Vegas, Platinumed it on my 2nd playthrough. Now on my 3rd & reckon I’ve only found 60-70% of everything their is to find. Be warned though, the glitches may test your patience :D

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Anders

    800 points? I’m in.

    #3 4 years ago

    AH, so is there a option to kill Father Elijah? he’s the only one missing from my BOS hit list :D

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Dralen

    Damn shame it’s a 360 exclusive.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Old MacDonald

    This does sound quite interesting, but I’m not a big fan of these bite-sized expansions. It would have been a different situation if it was released before I actually completed Fallout: New Vegas (which happened to be today – fantastic game BTW), and I could just play the DLC as part of my main playthrough.

    But it’s not out until Christmas and by that time I’ll be playing something else. Basically, if they want me to pay for more New Vegas content, they’ll have to offer a real expansion. 10-20 hours worth of stuff. That would tempt me to go back.

    But anyway, it’s a moot point since it’s 360-exclusive.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    @5 for few weeks

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Blerk

    Indeed, it’s only ‘first’ on the 360 – it’ll be on the other platforms in the New Year, I’m sure.

    Fallout 3 DLC was pretty good throughout and a couple of pieces were genuinely excellent. Interested to see how this fares.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. frostquake

    Waiting for the GOTY…Maybe with Fewer Glitches?? Or maybe a whole New Set of Glitches??? I really want this game so it is hard to wait for GOTY, but I also have no patience for the type of glitches this game has either…Sigh!!

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Lutz

    How about releasing a patch to fix the absolutly insane amount of bugs in the main game first hmmm? That’d be nice. It’s only been out what… 7 weeks or so? It’d be nice to play the main friggin’ game.

    #10 4 years ago

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