Fallout 4 will take place in and around Boston, Massachusetts, according to somebody who "may or may not be" an employee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sketchy? I know, but in these Fallout-deprived times, the slightest budding of insight is welcome.
"The rumors are true, Fallout 4 will take place in Boston," wrote the said Friend of the People on Reddit. "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."
He later added: "Apologies for the vagueness of this post. It's not just my job that worries me, but also getting the f**k sued out of me. Bethesda's contracts are basically full-proof [sic] so if they were to discover who I am, or rather, who I got this information from, a few people including myself could get into a lot of trouble."
Another Reddit user, "nMarauder", chipped in with: "I've been hearing reports from people in the Boston area, where my fellow Fallout-obsessed brother lives, that Bethesda has been in the Boston area doing initial research for Fallout 4. It's highly speculative, but the main rumors surround Bethesda's connection to "The Institute", or what we call the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or M.I.T.
"M.I.T., although in populated Cambridge and just across the river from Boston proper, still has a small-town feel when it comes to the way news propagates through the community," he went on. "It is students and staff at M.I.T. that seem to be the ones talking the most about it, and they would be in a position to know. I wouldn't be surprised, at all, if the rumors prove to be true in coming weeks.
"Just thought I'd share! I'm not confirming anything, but all signs point to yes.
Bethesda has yet to announce, tease or indeed breathe the words "Fallout 4" in our hearing, which didn't stop Matt from writing not inconsiderable amounts on the subject in July.
However shaky the sources, a Boston setting would make for a natural expansion of the series lore. In Fallout's post-apocalyptic America, the MIT has become the mysterious "Institute", a sealed-off, high technology organisation which specialises in the manufacture and exploitation of synthetic life. It's referenced in Fallout 3 and certain DLC packs, but has never (to my knowledge) appeared in-game. Also resident in Massachusetts are the Railroad, a guerrilla group dedicated to liberating androids from their owners, and the New England Commonwealth.
What do you make of it all?