Fallout 4 Release Date News Update
Well, well, well Fallout 4 fans. It's been a while since I've had anything decent to report on the Fallout 4 release date ever since we had our collective hearts broken by the Fallout 4 no-show at E3. If you've fallen into a pit of depression and hopeless despair over the utter lack of decent Fallout 4 release date news (which does not include the crap run daily by Society and Religion, Sidhtech, Auto-o-Mobile, etc) I can't say I blame you. With all the hoopla surrounding the potential for open-world awesomeness in next gen games, i.e. The Witcher 3, it's only natural to fantasize about seeing some mouth-watering next gen post-apocalyptic footage and hearing the booming baritone of Ron Pearlman saying "War. War never changes." But Pete Hines has been telling us not to even ASK about the game or question the development process, so where can fans turn to for some semi-legitimate Fallout 4 confirmation?
That's right folks. I read a rather interesting little tidbit in JohnTheRenegade's July 12th blog, titled "Can Bethesda Make Fallout 4 the Best Game Of The Next Generation?" First off, yes they totally can. I think all Fallout fans everywhere have absolute faith in Bethesda Game Studios ability to make a landmark game. Especially since they've done it, what, three times already with Fallout 3 and the two Elder Scrolls titles. But what really got my Vault 21 undies in a twist was this casual, off-the-cuff assertion JTR makes in the blog:
"First things first, I know that Fallout 4 is currently in active development at Bethesda."
WHOA! Seems like awfully big news to just casually float out three graphs into your blog. After all, Bethesda has been tight-lipped about any mention of Fallout 4, and the only time they mention it is when they're debunking rumors of its existence.
Does he know something we don't? it's entirely possible, given how cosy IGN is with most of the major studios. It could be common knowledge in certain offices, but non-disclosure agreements forbid mention of it. The payoff for the silence? Who knows? Could be an exclusive trailer or interview or Cronuts for all we know. But the Fallout 4 release date news, as I see it, is that someone at IGN has gone on the record saying the game exists. If that seems like a stretch in the definition of "news," you haven't been following the barren wasteland of Fallout 4 rumors long enough. I suggest you read this article in which I basically prove the game's existence.
Outside of the IGN confirmation, is there any other Fallout 4 news to report?
A little, eensy weensy teeny-tiny bit of news, yes.
Chris Avellone, a level designer for Fallout 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, spoke with Machinima about possible locations for the game. Remember, he's NOT a Bethesda employee but he was privy to some of the R&D being kicked around after Fallout: New Vegas regarding where the series could go next. And guess what? It ain't Boston (but you already knew that because you've been reading my excellent coverage, right?):
"We actually were kicking around some ideas after New Vegas for cool locations for the next Fallout. One of our designers Nathanial Chapman mentioned it'd be really cool to do a Fallout New Orleans. Have an entire city that had like a dam structure and lots of factions and tensions fighting in that city. And then our lead programmer on New Vegas, Frank Kowalkowski, he really wanted to do a Fallout that is set in San Francisco," Avellone said. "In terms of stuff on the East Coast, there was this really brief mention of this region called the Erie Stretch in the Fallout 3 DLC [The Pit]. And I am really curious to see if they'll bring that region back in future Fallout installments because it seemed like a really intriguing location to explore."
Avellone also mentions that, while there have been no formal discussions within Bethesda/Obsidian, a lot of fans are clamoring for a Fallout that takes place outside the United States. So if you're trying to figure out where you'll be adventuring on the Fallout 4 release date your answer lies somewhere between San Francisco, New Orleans, the Great Lakes region and the entire globe.
It'll be interesting to see if this provokes any reaction from either IGN or Bethesda. You only need to look at ThreeDog's Twitter account to know that Bethesda is working hard to keep a lid on any and all Fallout 4 items. Naturally, if the blog changes or I get "That's not what I meant" email from someone, I will update accordingly.
Finally, I think Fallout 4 fans would be wise to keep an eye on Gamescom. Bethesda is a confirmed exhibitor but, well, they don't really have jack to exhibit. Wolfenstein just got pushed back to 2014. The Evil Within and Elder Scrolls Online were also pushed back to 2014. This means that Bethesda has NO GAMES coming out in 2013 at all. Kind of crummy news for them, no? Maybe a little Fallout 4 teaser at Gamescom will give the company the hype it needs to not be forgotten this holiday season.
Or maybe not. It's obvious Bethesda doesn't give a sh-t about telling their fans what's next, and if they're cool with not making any money this year so be it. But we will !KEEP HOPE ALIVE! at idigitaltimes and you should too ...