Fallout 4: What Do We Know So Far?
Bethesda is no doubt working on Fallout 4, so we scour through clues to see what we can find out about the game.
Published on Jan 10, 2013
Fallout 4 is bound to happen. It's the game that really kickstarted Bethesda's open-world RPG series into popularity this gen, pathing the way for an Obilivion sequel to really shoot up the charts.
With Skyrim behind them, Bethesda must be working on something - and the obvious choice is a brand new Fallout game. Bethesda now own the rights completely, after all.
So when Fallout 3 and Skyrim voice actor Erik Todd Dellums teased something new in the Fallout universe, we just had to find out everything we could about Fallout 4.
Since it's not yet announced we don't have much to piece together, but even a handful of clues is enough to lead to speculative predictions.
Fallout 4 will feature Three Dog, reveal could happen soon
The only fact in this entire piece, voice actor Erik Todd Dellums - who was the infamous voice of Three Dog in Fallout 3 and Nazir in Skyrim - Tweeted a tease that something new in the Fallout world will be happening soon.
The tweet read: "To all my #Fallout3 and #ThreeDog fans: There may be more of the Dog coming! Fingers crossed!"
Since Three Dog is a character exclusive to the Fallout universe, it's likely this suggests something new will be coming. The time for new Fallout 3 DLC has long since passed, so Fallout 4 perhaps?
In response to a fan, Dellums later tweeted "How was that for a tease! I was given permission to release that tease, so fingers crossed."
So Bethesda has given him the permission to tease something Fallout related?
If true, then something is most certainly about to happen - Bethesda wouldn't allow such a speculative tweet to release if it wasn't ready to start talking. We'd expect a Fallout 4 announcement fairly soon, to be honest.
Though Dellums didn't offer any more information on the matter, he did add fuel to the rumour when he retweeted a fan suggesting two possible outcomes to the reveal.
The fan's tweet read: "I know you can't say but I can state the obvious.. either 3 Dog in the Fallout sequel or 3 dog in Fallout Movie."
That's all the info Dellums has provided. It's still fairly speculative on what Fallout 4 could be, if it is even happening at all, but it all sounds plausible to us.
Fallout 4 could be on next-gen consoles
Bethesda is hiring. Bethesda is hiring a lot and has been since August last year.
If you're not aware, this is typical for game development: staff come and go as projects dictate and if Bethesda is hiring this heavily for a project it can only mean it is looking to bolster production on a major title.
Many of the jobs Bethesda has been advertising is for your typical roles: everything from programmers and artists to quest designers and user interface developers. Your bread and butter of game development staff.
What is interesting is that many of the jobs - in particular the quest and world designers - prefer experience with Bethesda's Elder Scrolls Construction Set or the GECK (the Fallout equivalent).
While it's probably not a surprise that Bethesda should favour those with experience using a Bethesda-made engine, the fact that it's part of the job requirements suggests it is certainly targetting something new built on its in-house engine (the only games that do are Elder Scrolls and the two current gen Fallout games).
Bethesda is even hiring for multiple Future Generation Console Programmers to "work on cutting-edge technology for an unannounced game on future-generation consoles".
Even the other advertised jobs mention "future next generation consoles" as a main focus for the role, suggesting that - whatever the game might be - Bethesda is working on next-gen.
Of course, this is all quite speculative. Bethesda could even have two projects on the go with one of them heading to Xbox 720 and PS4, while Fallout 4 could be a late-game Xbox 360 and PS3 title.
But let's not forget that Oblivion launched early on in the Xbox 360 and PS3's lifecycle, meaning it's highly likely that Bethesda would be ready to attempt the same again.
Fallout 4 could be set in Boston
This was a rumour that happened a while ago that seemed to suggest Bethesda is planning on setting Fallout 4 in Boston.
A Reddit user posted a comment declaring the Bethesda was in Boston to scope the area out with a mind to design it for the next Fallout game.
"Fallout 4 will take place in Boston," read the post. "In case you haven't heard, Bethesda has recently been scoping out and researching Boston. They also have a strong connection to MIT. I may or may not be an MIT employee. But that's really all I can say for fear of losing my job. I am telling you it will take place in Boston."
That's all there is to go off, and while it might be pretty flimsy as evidence the lore behind the Fallout universe means this could very well be plausible.
Firstly is the Massachusetts Institue Of Technology - or the MIT - that, in the Fallout universe, turns into 'The Institute' based in Boston.
As lore goes, after the war the MIT becomes a mysterious faction known as The Institute, which makes a name for itself designing and building unique technological advancements - most pertinent being functioning androids.
Boston becomes known as the Commonwealth, with the Institute being the prime reason of the area's importance.
The Commonwealth and the Institute are both referenced in Fallout 3, its DLC and Fallout: New Vegas.
There are a number of locations suitable to a new Fallout game, but few are as compatible not only to the original lore, but the details built upon by Bethesda in Fallout 3.
Take it with a pinch of salt, maybe, but could well happen.