Fans of the Fallout franchise are still licking their wounds after the Survivor 2299 Fallout 4 teaser hoax. The fake website sadistically teased fanatics of the much-loved post-apocalyptic franchise for over three weeks, eking out mysterious cipher and messages, on an almost daily basis. Alas, the hopes of the community were dashed when the site countdown prematurely concluded in a Rick Roll. Meanwhile, the Maryland-based studio, Bethesda, was criticized by some disheartened fans for failing to denounce the site’s legitimacy over such a protracted period.
A Boston Setting
However, for those disappointed by recent events, some good news is finally starting to emerge. A series of casting documents, which were allegedly leaked to the gaming blog site Kotaku, indicates that Fallout 4 will be set in Boston. The documents surfaced on the Internet after an undisclosed individual sent them to Kotaku writer Jason Schreier, who alleges to have substantiated their authenticity.
The news confirms previous conjecture, posted by an anonymous individual on Reddit, suggesting that Bethesda was scoping out the area around the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in 2012:
“The rumors are true, Fallout 4 will take place in Boston. 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. Whether you believe me or not, how do you feel about a Fallout Boston?”
The documents refer to a project codenamed “Institute,” comprising various sections of a script, character descriptions and a slew of additional information about the new game. Although some would consider this evidence of the game’s confirmation, it is worth pointing out that Bethesda is yet to officially announce Fallout 4‘s development and have, as expected, elected not to comment on Kotaku’s article.
Intriguingly, the very top of the document reveals a slender male, armed with a weapon and outfitted with garments that have a Vault Tec-esque quality. The top of the first page reads: “The player narrates the game’s introduction.” The very first line of the leaked script is the iconic Fallout phrase:
“War. war never changes.”
The “player” then goes on to provide a brief rundown of the events building up to the Great War; although the War is not specifically detailed, its imminence is ominously implied. The opening monologue sees the player discussing the utility of atomic bombs, deployed against the Japanese, during the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings – events that contributed towards the conclusion of World War II.
The war then ushered in atomic energy – described as a “… limitless source of power.” Although initially heralded as great scientific breakthrough, things take a serious turn for the worse. Years of consumption brought about shortages in every major resource, culminating in the world standing “… on the brink of war.”
The Museum Mission
The second leaked page is believed to feature dialogue from a mission set inside the Institute. As discussed in a previous article by Guardian Liberty Voice, the Institute is the Fallout universe’s equivalent of MIT. According to the Fallout Wikia page, MIT’s name was amended to the Institute following the Great War. As part of what remains of the pre-war American state of Massachusetts (a.k.a. the Commonwealth), the mysterious organization was referenced on multiple occasions throughout Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. It is believed the Institute is home to a collection of skilled scientists, responsible for creating advanced technologies, including androids and true artificial intelligence.
The document also references a character, called Preston Garvey, who you encounter in an abandoned museum in the Commonwealth. As a mercenary leader of the Commonwealth Minutemen, Garvey attempts to dispatch the player on a mission to the building’s roof to collect a fusion core from a downed chopper. The core is required for arming the outfit’s weaponry, whose small redoubt is threatened by a group of raiders that have surrounded the perimeter of the museum.
However, the player then pitches an alternative suggestion – obtaining a fusion core from the inside the building, itself.
Kotaku goes on to describe some of the other parts of the casting documents, copies of which were not included within the article. They claim a radio DJ and an engineer, named Travis Miles and Sturges, respectively, will make an appearance in Fallout 4.
In addition, both male and female variants of the playable character are slated to make an appearance in the new game, with the protagonist’s journey commencing from cryogenic sleep.
Whether these details are entirely accurate remains to be seen; considering Kotaku is the source, however, it would certainly seem likely the documents are legitimate. It is also worth pointing out, however, that these details may alter between now and the game’s release; equally, the plotlines, characters, settings and missions may have been fabricated, purely for the purposes of casting.
Fingers crossed, Fallout 4 may be on the way.
By James Fenner