Fallout 4 in development, set in Boston - Report

Casting documents reveal details about long-awaited role-playing game.

The Fallout faithful were dealt a blow recently after Bethesda confirmed the Fallout 4 website was indeed a hoax, but now new evidence suggests the game is real and set in Boston. Casting documents obtained by Kotaku for a project code-named Institue include scripts and character descriptions believed to be associated with Fallout 4.

One line of text from a script starts off with the familiar line "War. War never changes," which started off Fallout 1-3 featuring the voicework of actor Ron Perlman. However, this time around, it appears the character will deliver the line.

Other documents speak about a mission set in the Institute--described as a post-apocalyptic version of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. The Commonwealth, which was referenced in Fallout 3 as being what remained of Massachusetts, is also mentioned in the documents.

A report from August 2012 claimed Bethesda had conducted a scouting trip to Boston and the immediate surrounding areas, launching speculation that the unannounced game would be set there.

Characters referenced in the document include a radio DJ named Travis Miles and an engineer called Sturges, described as a "cross between Buddy Holly and Vin Diesel." The documents also include casting calls for both male and female versions of Fallout 4's main character, and explain that the player will begin the game in a cryogenic sleep chamber.

As Kotaku points out, it is possible that some or all of these details were invented for the purposes of the casting call; and if they weren't, they could still change through the development process. It is also unknown if the project will called Fallout 4 or if players will get to travel outside of Boston.

A Bethesda representative declined to comment to Kotaku and to GameSpot.

The most recent Fallout title was 2010's Fallout: New Vegas, which was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and set in a postapocalyptic Las Vegas.

Its predecessor, Fallout 3, was developed by Bethesda Game Studios (BGS) and took place in Washington DC and the surrounding area. Bethesda Game Studios, which also developed The Elder Scrolls V: Skryim, moved onto a new project in April 2013.

Bethesda also recently trademarked Starfield and Soulburst, as well as Void Engine, none of which have been officially announced to date.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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jefferson1964
jefferson1964

If BGS is the developer for Fallout 4 I will pre-order, however, if its Obsidian or any other developer its a wait and see.  Bethesda nailed FO3 and Skyrim 2 games I still play all these years later and worth every penny.

k41m
k41m

I have very high hopes for F4 but they need to get the hell on it. They already crushed me by cancelling FO: Online.

ragnar320
ragnar320

I think Seattle would be a better location cause it would have alot of military build up cause of the war with china and i just think it would be cooler but maybe im bias

Taegre
Taegre

The one cultural reference that would REALLY make this game worthwhile is hearing your character whisper "And shepherds we shall be" before executing a guy with a silenced pistol.

Darkreaper_1
Darkreaper_1

Fallout 4 defiantly needs a new engine.  Fallout 3 and NV looked dated, even from day one.  Gameplay was good though and I really enjoyed both (sunk a lot of hours into them) so looking forward to see what Fallout 4 brings.

Fursnake
Fursnake

The mushroom cloud in the illustration kind of looks like a giant, dirty chef's hat.


I wish they would get a bit more exotic with the Fallout locations. Fallout Boston feels like it might be a bit to similar to Fallout 3 in terms of the scenery. How about Fallout Australia? Australia is already filled with tons of dangerous wildlife, think of the horrors that would await you!

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

I remember the voice actor that did Three Dog tweeted he was going back into the studio.  I wonder if he will voice the new Dj (Travis Miles) or if he will just be some other voice in game. 

Elann2008
Elann2008

I'm not crazy about Fallout 4 as I would be for the next installment after Fallout 4 by OBSIDIAN.  Anyone that played Fallout New Vegas knows this! :D

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

haha I get to play a video game where I work.

JustinRiden
JustinRiden

im going to just not believe any fallout 4 news until bethesda officially does something. 

vadagar1
vadagar1

hope the combat improves ... like battle field 4 improved 


im sick of bullets that go around corners and grenades that do no damage : /

galactic88
galactic88

One of my favorite series of all time, looking forward to hearing any news at all on this.

Angry_Mushroom
Angry_Mushroom

inb4: Boston Big Dig joke, Boston Tea Party achievement, and Bunker Hill area. 

seancrow22
seancrow22

They should start it of in a jail cell.

TheDarkSpot
TheDarkSpot

"...the player will begin the game in a cryogenic sleep chamber."

How original!

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

I really hope that the story is good. FO3's was good, I just think that writers need to involve the main character more. I'm tired of playing as a silent protagonist. Voice acting helps develop the character, and helps the player bond and connect with him/her.

Also, in case anyone hasn't heard, FO1, 2, and Tactics are free on gog.com until Saturday :)

superveka
superveka

all bethesda games where sucking hard  on consoles from technical point of view i am honestly scared  to buy bethesda games now 

flashn00b
flashn00b

I have to wonder if they'll favour Creation Kit over id Tech 5 for this sort of game, cuz let's be honest: The combat in FO3 was the weakest part of the game. At the same time, exploration might be stunted unless id software can find a solution to bring the open world to their engine.

KillerOttsel
KillerOttsel

I hope this is true. It'd be nice to see a game set my town, especially Fallout. There's a lot of american history here and I hope draw from it. I also hope they expand on the Cyborg story from FO3. 

MugenTheKing
MugenTheKing

Am I going to have to listen to 40+ hours of Boston accents? Or did the apocalypse (hopefully) wipe that out?

Cameron Lale
Cameron Lale

God people like you piss me off. THEYRE A DEVELOPER, its their best interests to develop for as many people as they can. Not just feed some fanboy fuelled prejudice.

soaring1phoenix
soaring1phoenix

Honestly, after the debacle on r/Fallout during the whole Survivor2299 episode, until I get 100% confirmation, I believe nothing.

I'm just as excited as the next person, but more hoaxes or false reports will just leave me frustrated.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Very excited for a new Fallout, but why Boston? No offense to the city, but there are different places that I'd rather play at. 

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Thank god, the hoax had me worried and seriously disappointed for a while there.

Khasym
Khasym

"Fallout, one of the most recognizable and respected franchises in gaming history, has a new installment in development" says Kohaku.


And in other news...the sky, is blue. :-)

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@Elann2008 

I played Vegas, and I gotta say- it wasn't all it's cracked up to be.  It was fun, yeah, but for me, and a bunch of other people, Fallout 3 was the real heavy hitter.   But even that's not really a lot of people's cup of tea.  I'm looking forward to any kind of Fallout- be it another cannon installment or another one-off like Vegas.


Moral of the story: everything ain't for everybody.

shreddyz
shreddyz

@JustinRiden agreed. One has to be a real imbecile to believe that this article about another article written 2 years ago confirms the existence of FO4. Bethesda probably paid a little cheque to generate some buzz around themselves.

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@vadagar1 

Hm... never played BF.  I guess as long as the combat doesn't emulate BF, I'll be allright.

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@Maverick6585 

I totally agree with you.  I'm just worried that there will only be one set voice for Male/Female characters, instead of options like in Saint's Row.  I play a black chick- her voice needs to match her a little bit, you know?  Either way, definitely excited for this- FO3 is my all time favorite game (even over Super Mario Bros. 3- and that was a classic).

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@superveka 

Worst part of it being on consoles was the DC area being cut up into little chunks.  But Console Gamers think they have an edge over the industry, for some reason...

profileap600
profileap600

@superveka -  I think the new consoles are capable of cranking up the settings and will put your worries to rest. haha

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@flashn00b 

I agree with you.  However, if losing the Creation Kit means it will be harder to Mod, then I'm against them changing the engine.  Since it will be on consoles as well, I'm already imagining a lot of core content will get cut.  At least with PC and Creation Kit, some of it (as well as many other wonderful community made mods) will get it closer to the original concept than anything the consoles might be able to offer.

BoogieL0ve
BoogieL0ve

@KillerOttsel 

Harkness and the Commonwealth?  Shit, they're going to have to.  It'll be nice to finally see these elusive place... cheers, mate!

translucent17
translucent17

@soaring1phoenix fallout is a cash cow, they will make another one.... but when? who knows.  Id like to see something more like FO3 again, NV had good elements, but the desert  was not for me.

Amandamarvell
Amandamarvell

@Shantmaster_K  I kind of agree, but spending your days looting MIT and your nights hanging around 'Cheers' seems pretty awesome.

translucent17
translucent17

@Shantmaster_K the commonwealth was mentioned in FO3 I believe there are a lot of ties to mass in the fallout lore

meedokicky
meedokicky

The sky has been gray all day here D: