Fallout 4 is tipped to be Bethesda’s next big game. The giant has already told us there’ll be no more Skyrim DLC and that Elder Scrolls VI will be in development for at least 12 months more, so we’re all pinning our hopes on a Fallout 4 release this year.
We know next to nothing about this game, though. There are a few rumours doing the rounds of the blogs, but nothing that’s particularly concrete. So, this latest rumour should be treated with caution.
The rumour is from Redditor GNR_Informant to claims to have a chum who works in PR at Bethesda. He’s heard some vague murmurings about FO 4 and has posted them on Reddit for everyone’s edification. Encouragingly, the rumours are quite plausible and GNR’s posting has garnered more than 500 supportive responses. Here’s what he said:
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.
Of course we’re honour-bound to advise caution here, as no matter how realistic the info is, until we get confirmation from the company itself, it could be just hot air.