Unless you’ve been living in a vault, you probably caught wind of the fact that Fallout 4 was announced yesterday. The beautiful announcement trailer had all sorts of wonderful sights packed into it. There was power armor, a dog whose name is very likely to be Dogmeat, a wall full of weapons, and even the opening door of a brand new vault. In short, it was a lovely welcome back to the world of Fallout.
You would think that choosing a favorite from amongst all of these fantastically familiar sights would be a difficult task, but for my money there was just one revelation that made all the other details melt away: we’re going to Boston, everybody! We’re finally going to see the “war-ravaged quagmire of violence and despair” that is Fallout’s iteration of New England.
We’ve been getting hints about the odd events unfolding in Boston for a couple of games now. Mr. House from Fallout: New Vegas hailed from Boston, attending The Institute (which in our reality we know as MIT) before founding RobCo Industries. In Fallout 3, there’s an even more interesting reference to Boston in the Blade Runner inspired quest “The Replicated Man.” In the quest, an android who can pass for human replaces his memories in an effort to evade the forces of The Commonwealth.
Above is a still from Blade Runner, right alongside another taken from the new Fallout 4 trailer. In the latter, you can even see the door to someplace called the Memory Den. Fingers crossed, but it’s looking like we’ll finally get to see what’s really going on at The Institute and why androids are so keen to get away from it, along with what other shenanigans The Commonwealth has been up to. It almost feels like Bethesda has been setting us up for this game since 2008, and if that’s true then this is gonna be one heck of a ride.
So what do you think: Did I miss the boat on this one? What aspect of Fallout 4 are you most excited about?