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Fallout 4
Fallout 4 box cover
developerBethesda Game Studios
publisherBethesda Softworks
release dateNovember 10, 2015
genreRole-playing game
engineCreation Engine
modesSingle player
platformsMicrosoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
mediaDVD, digital download
Availability
PCSteam
 
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Fallout 4 is an upcoming game being developed by Bethesda Game Studios[1] and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series, and will be released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 10, 2015.

Setting and StoryEdit

During Bethesda's E3 conference, it is revealed that the player will be the Sole Survivor of Vault 111, who emerges 200 years after the Great War. Prior to this, the player is shown to have lived during the pre-war era with their spouse and child.

The setting was confirmed to be Boston, Massachusetts from the trailer released on June 3, 2015. The trailer shows the Paul Revere Monument, the USS Constitution, as well as the Massachusetts State House with its unique Golden Dome. Scollay Square, the Bunker Hill memorial, and Fenway Park are also visible in the trailer. Possible areas within Fenway Park include (from left to right) Swatters Custom Baseball Store, Diamond City Surplus, Power Noodles, and Chem-I-Care. Fenway Park is likely renamed Diamond City, as seen in the surplus store name, and the white diamond symbol seen on the outside of the building and on the Diamond City Surplus store.

Vault 111 is likely to be somewhere in this region, as it was seen in the trailer. Furthermore, the Sole Survivor wearing the Vault 111 jumpsuit is carrying what looks to be a laser musket, can be seen meeting a dog and starting on a road leading away from the camera, a motif seen in various previous installments.

Vault 111 is also near Sanctuary Hills, the estate where the Sole Survivor is from. According to the game trailer, it seems to be the first place most players will encounter (provided they don't go the other way). The player's robot, Codsworth, still resides there. Going by the E3 reveal, one of the possible player-built settlement sites is in Sanctuary Hills, possibly the player's original home.

The setting will also include mountains and the out-lands of Boston's city limits.

The game will feature just over 111,000 lines of dialogue, more than all of the dialogue in Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim combined. [2]

GameplayEdit

The gameplay will be largely similar to that of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, with the ability to switch from first to third person view. Additional features are a split-piece armor system, base-building, a dynamic dialogue system, in depth crafting system which implements every lootable object in the game, and much more. Enemies such as mole rats, raiders, super mutants, deathclaws, and ghouls will also return to the series.

Players will obtain a Pip-Boy which allows the player to access a menu with statistics, maps, data, and items. Players can also find game cartridges, which can be played on the Pip-Boy. Another returning gameplay feature is the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System (V.A.T.S.), which plays an important part in combat. While using V.A.T.S., real-time combat is slowed down, and action is played out from varying camera angles in a computer graphics version of "bullet time". Various actions cost action points, limiting the actions of each combatant during a turn, and the player can target specific body areas for attacks to inflict specific injuries; head shots can be used for quick kills or blinding, legs can be targeted to slow enemies' movements, and opponents can be disarmed by shooting at their weapons.

A new feature to the series is the ability to build settlements and buildings. Players can select and scrap objects and structures for resources and building supplies, and use them to build their own structures ranging from fully-decoratable houses, towers, bars, labs, and more. The player can also construct more than one settlement across the Commonweatlh, and can send brahmin caravans in-between their towns. Towns can be powered with working electricity, using a dynamic power line system, as well as equipped water pumps and crops/gardens to keep a steady income of food and drink. Merchants and non-player characters can inhabit players' towns and help keep the settlements running as a community. Players can build various defenses around their settlements, such as turrets, guard towers, and traps, to defend the settlements, as they can be raided and attacked.

DevelopmentEdit

Initially, in 2004, Bethesda Softworks licensed from Interplay Entertainment the rights to create and publish three Fallout games (Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and Fallout 4). Later, in 2007, Bethesda purchased the entire franchise, and Interplay licensed back from Bethesda the rights to a Fallout MMORPG. The legal dispute is now over, with Bethesda Softworks and its in-house development studio retaining the rights to all of the Fallout franchise, including an MMO.

In 2008, Bethesda's Pete Hines said: "The whole reason we went out and acquired the license and that we now own Fallout is that we clearly intended to make more than one." He also added: "This is not something we're going to do once and then go away and never do it again. When that will be or how long that will be God only knows, but we acquired it specifically because we wanted to own it and develop it and work on it like we do with The Elder Scrolls."[3]

Release dateEdit

Fallout 4's release date has been confirmed by Bethesda to be November 10, 2015 at their 2015 E3 press conference.

In August 2010, Todd Howard revealed in an interview with Eurogamer that Bethesda was working on two projects; one had been in development for two years (beginning after Fallout 3 was released), and the other was still in pre-production.[4] It is now known that the title farther along in development was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. There is still no confirmation on what the second game is.

On January 9, 2013, the voice actor behind Three Dog (Erik Todd Dellums) was given permission by Bethesda to hint towards his appearance soon. On his Twitter account, he stated, "To all my #Fallout3 and #ThreeDog fans: There may be more of the Dog coming! Fingers crossed!"[5] However, in July of the same year, Dellums tweeted that the game he is working on is not being produced by Bethesda Softworks, therefore it was not the anticipated new Fallout title.[6]

On April 15, 2013, Bethesda Game Studios announced on Bethlog that they had completed all new content for Skyrim and were moving the studio's attention to an as of yet unknown title that had previously been in pre-production since 2010. Although Bethesda Softworks did announce The Evil Within during the same week, this is being developed by another studio and will have no direct impact on whatever project Bethesda Game Studios is currently working on.

On February 18 2014 Todd Howard was interviewed on Rock, Paper, Shotgun and said that a new game announcement would be very far away. "We don’t [have a timeframe for our next game announcement]," he said, "but I think it’s gonna be a while." He is forever positive and says "PC is resurgent," enthused Howard. "Skyrim did better than we've ever done on PC by a large, large number. And that's where the mods are. That feeds the game for a long time. And it's exciting that the new consoles are very PC-like. That opens up avenues for us going forward to do things that we've wanted to do in the past. There are kind of random ideas we're working on right now, and it's like, "Wow, I think there's potential here to do some really cool stuff."[7]

On June 2, 2015 a countdown timer[8] was set on Bethesda's Fallout website expiring on June 3 at 10:00 AM EDT.

On June 3, 2015, seconds before 10:00 AM EDT, the Fallout 4 trailer was released on YouTube. The Fallout website, seconds after 10:00 AM EDT also debuted in full Fallout 4 style including a working teaser phone number, previously used during the Fallout 3 release.[9]

Bethesda's first ever E3 showcase, in which the official release date was announced, took place on June 14, 2015 at 7PM PST. It was able to be watched live on YouTube and Twitch. Bethesda revealed gameplay footage, a new VATS and concept art. A major new feature shown during the press conference was the ability to craft and deconstruct settlements and/or certain buildings. The player can select certain in game objects and structures and "scrap" them. The materials gained from this are then used to build however the player sees fit. This gives the ability to build areas where merchants and NPCs can inhabit.

TrailerEdit

ProductsEdit

Pip-Boy EditionEdit

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The products included in the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition.

The Pip-Boy edition of Fallout 4 features: a wearable Pip-Boy that can, according to a Forbes article, hold the iPhone 6, iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 4/4s, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Samsung Galaxy S5,[10] a Pip-Boy pocket guide, a Vault-Tec perk poster, a RobCo Industries stand (for your Pip-Boy), a capsule case, and the game in a collectible metal case.

Fallout 4 Nuke PackEdit

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The products included in the Fallout 4 Nuke Pack.

The Fallout 4 Nuke Pack features: a Fallout 4 lunchbox, a 37x10" Fallout 4 Print, a Vault Boy mini bobblehead, and the game in a collectible metal case. The Nuka Pack is sold exclusively in Australia by EB Games.[11]

Fallout 4 Mighty BundleEdit

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The products included in the Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle.

The Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle features: an 80 page hardcover Fallout 4 Franchise Book "...detailing in words and hi-res imagery the history of Fallout over the years", a Fallout Vault Boy Pop! Vinyl figure, and a copy of the game.[12]

Mod supportEdit

Fallout 4 is the first Fallout game to have native mod support for consoles. During the E3 2015, at the Xbox Conference, Todd Howard went on stage to tell the audience that Xbox One will offer mod support. Sony's PlayStation 4 will support mods sometime in the future.

GalleryEdit

Pre-release concept artEdit

Pre-release screenshotsEdit

VideosEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. User blog:Ramallah/Todd Howard breaks silence on new Fallout game
  2. https://twitter.com/BethesdaStudios/status/639485780805578752/photo/1
  3. Fallout 4 Planned News
  4. Todd Howard interview on Eurogamer.net
  5. Twitter Todd Dellums
  6. Twitter Todd Dellums
  7. Rock paper shotgun
  8. Countdown timer on June 2, 2015
  9. Article on Engadget.com
  10. Forbes about phones fitting Pip-Boy Edition
  11. This Fallout 4 Collector's Edition Comes With a Lunchbox, Is Exclusive to Australia - GameSpot
  12. Fallout 4 Mighty Bundle | PS4 | Pre-Order Now | at Mighty Ape NZ

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