I have come here to chew bubblegum and write about the latest Fallout 4 rumors. And I'm all out of bubblegum.
"They Live" references aside, this has been an intriguing week for Fallout 4 fans. As many of us know, there isn't much official information available about the game other than a few hints from Bethesda that something is in the works. The "Fallout 4" rumor mill got whirling in January when Erik Todd Dellums, voice of three Dog in "Fallout 3," tweeted to fans that something Fallout related was in the works over at Bethesda.
— Erik Todd Dellums (@ETDellums) January 8, 2013
Of course, since we "Fallout" fans are a ravenous bunch the tweet spread like bed bugs at a homeless shelter. Dellums eventually removed the tweet and had to do some damage control in a few interviews.
"I let [Bethesda] know that fans were clamouring, trying to figure out if there's any chance that Three Dog would be back sometime," Dellums told OXM. "And, you know, they let it slip that it looks like Three Dog will. And they said that, 'Well, maybe you could tell your fans.' I don't think they even anticipated it would explode like this."
Then came the news that Bethesda Game Studios, the company that basically only makes Elder Scrolls and Fallout games, was hiring a bunch of people to work on a next gen console project. While the ad doesn't specifically say it's for the "Fallout" series, it lists "experience playing Bethesda Game Studios games a plus" in the requirements. Since the "Elder Scrolls" franchise is being tied up with Bethesda's new MMO, fans are assuming (hoping?) that the title in question is "Fallout 4."
PlayStation Universe ran a story that analyzed a list of the developers working on PS4 titles. Bethesda was on that list, although it doesn't say specifically what they're working on. "Fallout 4" is the assumption.
The final piece of "Fallout 4" proof came from an interview with Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart. Obsidian released "Fallout: New Vegas" and Urquhart told RPS that his company is interested in doing a sequel set in Los Angeles or, at the very least, somewhere on the West Coast. He said that the East coast was Bethesda's territory.
And the East Coast is where "Fallout 4" was rumored to be taking place. A rumor popped up last year based on a Reddit post from someone who said that they worked at MIT and that the school was going to be used in "Fallout 4," which would be set in Boston. This rumor led to a flurry of speculation from fans on what the story and setting would be.
The rumor was also revealed to be absolutely false.
However, another Reddit user is making similar claims. The user, going by GNR_Informant, claims to know an inside man at Bethesda and that "Fallout 4" will actually be taking place in Boston. Here's the info contained in the post:
- 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
Ok, so the big question is: should we believe this?
My instincts say "no." After all, we've seen how easy it is to dupe video game reporters into jumping all over rumors as truth and this might be another attempt to do that. Hell, some people just get bored and make stuff up and watch it get upvotes. If we hadn't already seen a similar rumor pop up on Reddit and then turn out to be false this would have more credibility.
But then my conspiracy theory side says that it IS true. After all, the setting and the details make total sense and fall in line with the type of story we've seen in "Fallout" so far. So there's still that part of me that can't dismiss it as BS because it believes that the previous rumor was true, too, but had to be redacted because Bethesda doesn't want the word out. They did make Three Dog do some PR after he sent that tweet.
We still don't know anything for sure, but as we get closer to this year's E3 I wouldn't be surprised to see more and more rumors popping up. Bethesda is one of the best studios in the biz today, and they haven't announced any big next gen console projects even though they're hiring for one. Right now, all "Fallout" fans can do is sit around dream. But we can take comfort in the words of John Lennon: "A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."