Fallout 4 is expected to be the next big game from Bethesda. With the gaming giant already confirming that there will be no further Skyrim DLC coming and word that we may not see an Elder Scrolls VI for at least another year, all eyes are on a possible Fallout 4 release sometime early 2014.
So what do we know about Fallout 4? Nothing. Nothing concrete that is. There are bits and pieces across the blogosphere but nothing that is convincing. So before you start drooling, do take note that today’s Fallout 4 bite is also just that a rumor.
It comes from Reddit user GNR_Informant who says that he has a friend who works in Public Relations at Bethesda. He has learnt some bits and pieces about the upcoming sequel and has posted it on Reddit. The good thing about this Fallout 4 rumors is that it isn’t far fetched. In fact there are over 500 replies on Reddit at the moment from Redditors who seem to agree with most of what’s posted. Here is what GNR_Informant has found out about Fallout 4:
First and foremost, the game will take place in Boston, and be kind of a direct sequel to Fallout 3 with a few groups returning. From what it sounds like, “The Institute” is pretty much the downtown DC or New Vegas of this game. Boston is going to be unlike anything we’ve seen in a Fallout game before, with buildings more on par with cyberpunk and retro-futurism.
Androids play a big part in this game. The railroad from Fallout 3 is a faction. The enemies of the railroad is “the Plantation” — a group who force Androids to farm so that Humans can get food. The Institute is highly advanced and probably obtained or built their own GECK to start a farm.
Due to complaints about using Super Mutants and the Brotherhood of Steel in Fallout 3 excessively and going against the lore too much, Bethesda has decided to avoid using these groups. Bethesda wants to make a new “race” (think Ghoul, Super Mutant) which will be central to Boston. Bethesda is currently looking at Lovecraftian fiction since Boston is around “Lovecraft Country”.
Bethesda has no plans to reinvent the leveling up system to make it more like Skyrim and want to make Fallout 4 more distinct from Skyrim since of the complaints that Oblivion and Fallout 3 were too similar. Bethesda is thinking about introducing a system, similar to Skyrim, where your skills can level up if you perform certain tasks.
We will advise that you take the above intel with a grain of salt. After all, no matter how convincing it is, until Bethesda confirms they are working on a Fallout 4, there isn’t much to go on.