Shut up and take my money! (Fallout 4 confirmed)
After years of rumors and leaks, Bethesda Game Studios has officially confirmed that Fallout 4 is on the way. If anyone needs me for the rest of the day, I’ll be busy rewatching the trailer.
An official release date hasn’t been given yet, but you may want to go ahead and start saving up your dollars. It may also be a good idea to bank some goodwill with your friends and family, so when the game does arrive, they will cut you some slack when you disappear in front of your TV/monitor for a few days or weeks.
It’s been seven years since Fallout 3 dropped. After releasing four massive expansions for it, Bethesda moved on to Skyrim, a game with a lot of similarities to the recent Fallout, but was sadly lacking in mini nuke-chucking rifles.
While Bethesda was busy jumping from one groundbreaking game to the next, the Fallout franchise landed in the hands of Obsidian, who created Fallout: New Vegas. That game wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the same. Putting aside the many, many, many (many, many) bugs, it just lacked the tone and feel of Fallout.
Rumors of a fourth Fallout game have persisted for years. The setting of the new game even leaked around a year and a half ago when Bethesda was spotted in the Boston area recording landmarks. The developer’s response was basically to deny that anything was going on, they were never there, and Boston probably doesn’t really exist anyway, but it helped to fuel the fire.
It is now confirmed that Fallout 4 will be set in the retro futuristic ruins of Boston and surrounding areas. There will likely be some familiar locations and sites, but it will be Boston after a nuclear war, and several decades removed.
As with the previous games, Fallout 4 will take place in an alt-universe, where the style of the 50s continued into the future, with technology that far out strips reality. That includes robots, powerful weapons, and a series of fallout shelters known as Vaults. And like its predecessors, the game will take place centuries after a nuclear war has decimated the world.
In its ashes, a new civilization has sprung up, warped and twisted, and yet slightly optimistic. You will wander that new open-world wasteland, probably taking on the odd mission to kill mutants, fetch water, and maybe nuke the odd town.
“We know what this game means to everyone,” said Game Director, Todd Howard, “The time and technology have allowed us to be more ambitious than ever. We’ve never been more excited about a game, and we can’t wait to share it.”
More info is coming at E3 during Bethesda’s showcase, which will be held on June 14. Or you can just go ahead and throw money at Bethesda now.