More claims about the unannounced, recently teased Fallout 4 have dribbled from Reddit's bottomless maw. Drawing on a PR source, user GNR_Informant has reiterated rumours that the game is set in and around post-apocalyptic Boston, and alleges that it will adopt certain RPG mechanics from Skyrim.
Update: Don't bother reading on - seems all this was for shizzles and gizzles. "I have no proof because this was all a lie," GNR_Informant has admitted. "Got bored and posted this." Apologies for the false alarms, all.
Original story: Also tipped to make the cut are a new faction comparable to the Super Mutants and Ghouls. Boston itself will look and feel very different to prior Fallout cities, inching the franchise a little closer to the high tech slickness of a Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
"From my understanding, some Obsidian members have been hired for Fallout 4," GNR_Informant comments in the thread. "Really, I don't know if FO4 is the game they got hired for, but its most likely that one." Here's his post in full. Bear in mind that all this is strictly unconfirmed for the moment.
- First and foremost, the game will take place in Boston, and be kind of a direct sequel to Fallout 3 with a few groups returning.
- From what it sounds like, "The Institute" is pretty much the downtown DC or New Vegas of this game. Boston is going to be unlike anything we've seen in a Fallout game before, with buildings more on par with cyberpunk and retro-futurism.
- Androids play a big part in this game. The railroad from Fallout 3 is a faction. The enemies of the railroad is "the Plantation" -- a group who force Androids to farm so that Humans can get food. The Institute is highly advanced and probably obtained or built their own GECK to start a farm.
- Due to complaints about using Super Mutants and the Brotherhood of Steel in Fallout 3 excessively and going against the lore too much, Bethesda has decided to avoid using these groups. Bethesda wants to make a new "race" (think Ghoul, Super Mutant) which will be central to Boston. Bethesda is currently looking at Lovecraftian fiction since Boston is around "Lovecraft Country".
- Bethesda has no plans to reinvent the leveling up system to make it more like Skyrim and want to make Fallout 4 more distinct from Skyrim since of the complaints that Oblivion and Fallout 3 were too similar. Bethesda is thinking about introducing a system, similar to Skyrim, where your skills can level up if you perform certain tasks.
Fallout 3 voice actor Erik Todd Dellums hinted this week that a Fallout 4 announcement may happen soon. Does any of the above take your fancy?