The Vault (wiki)

The Vault
Type of site
Fan site/Wiki
Owner Curse, Inc.
Created by Paweł "Ausir" Dembowski
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched 7 February 2005
Current status Active

The Vault is a wiki about the Fallout fictional universe. It covers all of the Fallout video games, as well as all Fallout related content. The Vault runs on MediaWiki and is currently part of the Curse network.[1] The site is also available in several other languages, including Bulgarian, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

History and description

The Vault was founded by Paweł Dembowski[2] and launched on February 7, 2005, initially hosted by Fallout fansite Duck and Cover,[2] as a general source of information about the Fallout universe, initially focusing mostly on information about the Fallout world, as depicted in Fallout and Fallout 2. Its purpose was to continue the work started by Fallout 2 developer Chris Avellone in his Fallout Bible, which was meant to be a reference guide to the Fallout fictional universe, but was abandoned after Avellone left Black Isle Studios.[3] Since the launch, the wiki has expanded to include the entire Fallout series, both in terms of the fictional universe and in terms of gameplay information and help.

In 2007, because the original host could no longer take the wiki constantly being targeted for various exploits by spammers as well as other attackers, the Vault moved to Wikia,[4] and became one of Wikia's most popular wikis after the release of Fallout 3 by Bethesda Softworks in October 2008.[2] It has broken previous popularity records for gaming wikis on the weekend after the release of Fallout: New Vegas in October 2010, with daily page views topping at 8.8 million[3] (the previous record, 5 million, belonged to WoWWiki).[5] Within the first week of the game's release, the site had 2.5 million unique visitors.[6]

In October 2011, The Vault was split by its founder and many of the administrators moved to, and later, both hosted by Curse.[4] The wikia version remains, now under the name "Nukapedia".

In an interview with Eurogamer, the wiki's founder has stated that it has even been used as a source by developers of recent Fallout games, citing one example of lore in Fallout 3 being influenced by The Vault.[2]

The Vault has also released some previously unknown information on canceled Fallout projects like the Fallout Extreme 2000 console game[7] and the 1998 cancelled Fallout film project.[8] As well as using its YouTube channel and other social media to make available audio and video Fallout Media.

See also


  1. Rios, Nate (November 19, 2011). "Check Out The Vault, Your #1 Fallout Series Resource". Curse. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Teti, John (September 9, 2010). "What the FAQ?". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  3. 1 2 Ramadge, Andrew (December 22, 2010). "Dear Fallout fans, meet the man behind The Vault". Retrieved 2011-02-02.
  4. 1 2 "The Vault: History". The Vault. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
  5. Good, Owen (November 6, 2010). "Fallout Wiki Editors Have A Lot Of Time On Their Hands — And Use It". Kotaku. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  6. Tolentino, Josh (November 3, 2010). "Fans spend 58 years updating the Fallout New Vegas wiki". Destructoid. Retrieved 2010-11-23.
  7. Sliwinski, Alexander (January 27, 2010). "'Fallout Extreme' revealed as another nuked project". Joystiq. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
  8. Kollar, Phil (March 19, 2010). "This Fallout Movie Almost Got Made". Game Informer. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
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