On Tuesday, June 2nd, Renowned videogame developer Bethesda Game Studios released the countdown that, very aptly, set the videogame world ablaze.
The now viral tweet from Bethesda had featured a website which had the signature 1950’s aesthetic from the critically-acclaimed Fallout Series stating: “Please Stand by” with a clock which counted down the next 24-hours. Fans around the world eagerly awaited the news to follow whether it would be the long-awaited next entry to the excellent Fallout series.
For the uninitiated, the brief backstory of the Fallout games is that tensions between all the world’s nations, following the advent of nuclear power, led to a global nuclear holocaust, effectively ending the world in the 1950’s. The main premise of the games occur in the decades after in a sort of dystopian future of an alternate past. Where the height of human civilization and culture was the 1950’s, with old songs on transistor radios echoing across the vast irradiated wasteland. Where ruins of homes and buildings feature posters and memorabilia of 50’s pop icons and movie stars. And where robots, mutants and irradiated bugs pose a persistent threat to the ever dwindling population of survivors. Where giant underground shelters called Vaults contain the last remnants of the past era that the world has all but forgotten. This is the world of Fallout 4.
Obviously, we here at Geekend Gladiators could not be more ecstatic about the news and immediately proceeded to obsessively scour the trailer for any and all possible clues about the forthcoming game. Here’s what we’ve come up with so far:
As far as we can tell, Fallout 4 seems to be mainly set in post-apocalyptic Boston or as it is known in the Fallout Universe: The Commonweath. Historical locations such as the Courthouse and the Bunker Hill Monument are clearly seen in the Trailer.
The statue of Paul Revere, who very famously exclaimed “the British are Coming!” during the American Revolution, also makes an appearance in the trailer.
What we think this means: Location plays a very big part in the Fallout series as it dictates what kind of enemies we are likely to run into, what factions are present in the area as well as what locations we can expect to explore. In the Fallout Universe, Boston is home to a faction called the Institute, which rose up from the ashes of MIT. The Institute tinkers with all manner of robotics and A.I.
With them in play, it would be logical to assume that the Brotherhood of Steel, who makes an appearance in the trailer and served as a military/police force in Fallout 3, would then be more akin to the Brotherhood on the earlier Fallout games who seek to control all technology, using brute force if necessary.
With all this talk of A.I. and robotics, we could also possibly see the return of the Railroad, a small organization in Fallout 3 that seeks the freedom of artificial intelligence from human hands. It would also be logical to assume that the Super-mutants will also make their return to the series and will look more like the bulkier and less intelligent ones featured in Fallout 3, which are known as the East-coast versions of Super-mutants.
The trailer often flip-flops between post-nuclear apocalypse time to a few moments before the bombs hit, with people rushing from their homes and seeking shelter in the nearest vault. What we think this means: Could we finally be able to play through a portion of the game, before the nuclear holocaust? The trailer definitely suggests so. Maybe we play as a protagonist who remembers what it was like living in the world before. Or maybe we meet a character who somehow survived and we get to relive his memories. Maybe we can somehow access memories from our DNA using a machine.. oh wait.
One thing is certain, If we do get to see this happen, It would paint an awesome contrast between the time periods. One is dark, grimy and devoid of hope, one is simple, cheery and warm. Until the final moments where the looming horror of the impending apocalypse hits home and the two timelines lead into each other. It could be a powerful tool if used correctly. Weather Midway through the trailer we see a mysterious figure making its way toward you as a little lightning strikes up in the background.
What we think this means: Wait hold up, did you say lightning? Yes indeed! Weather effects make its way to the Fallout Franchise! But that’s no ordinary rain is it? In the same way that this is no ordinary wasteland. There’s no telling how the Nuclear Holocaust messed up the weather. Do we have to hide from acid rain storms? Has the holocaust brought intense heat waves or tornadoes to Massachusetts? Do we have to worry about an actual Nuclear Winter?
As alluded to earlier, the Fallout Universe features underground shelters called Vaults in which the population fled to seek protection from Great War. The trailer prominently shows Vault 111 as the place where our protagonist hails from. He is seen in the end wearing a Vault 111 outfit and a pip-boy device which acts as the games inventory and menu system.
What we think this means: Throughout Fallout Lore there have been various Vaults in existence. Some are normal control Vaults built for the safety and existence of its residents. While other were engineered to be Experiment Vaults, in which the Government in the games, saw it fit to run cruel and bizarre social experiments in the residents such as having a limited food supply or forcing the inhabitants to co-exist with wild animals. This particular Vault in question, is not among the list of existing Vaults in the Canon. However, some digging has revealed that this disturbing Fan Fiction about Vault 111
There you go. CHRISTMAS.
Near the end of the trailer, we see a sort of tool shed with some weapons on the wall and a partially constructed suit of Power Armor along with a few weapons on a rack: What we think it means: Fallout 3 gave the player the ability to create crazy weapons out of various spare parts and schematics. I think this tool shed/ garage will be an expansion of that ability in Fallout 4. The player might be able to customize sets of armor and weapons, swapping out different parts for others with different benefits and perks as well as change their look to best fit the protagonist’s play style.
Speaking of the protagonist..
A Speaking Protagonist!
Towards the end of the trailer, the protagonist from Vault 111 is shown leaning over to the dog and saying: “Let’s go, Pal” Wait, what: The series as well as Bethesda Games, in general, has predominantly featured a voiceless protagonist. However, the trailer seems to suggest that the main hero of Fallout 4 will finally have a voice! What we think this means: Aside from the obvious: dialogue choices will now feature voice acting making interactions with NPCs more compelling; It would be awesome if the character could narrate his own story and react to things in the world naturally, perhaps also, provide some background on a character that you just met. This would do well to flesh out the world as well as endear the character to the player. Seeing that this is Bethesda, we can expect a variety of different voice types to choose from in customizing your character as well.
Finally the title: Fallout 4. A numbered sequel. Bethesda is clearly not subscribing to the ongoing trend in videogames today which is to drop the number in favor of a subtitle to make it more appealing to new fans. What we think this means: This might be wishful thinking on our part but we think that sticking with the number means that the story will be incorporating story elements from the previous game. This means Data File Transfers might be a feature in Fallout 4 which will allow to players to carry over their choices from Fallout 3 and/or New Vegas and shape the world of Fallout 4. There were some heavy choices that needed to be made in Fallout 3, such as whether the player decides to restore water to the wasteland or blow up an entire town. It will be good to be able to see the repercussions of all those choices.
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