Now that the countdown for Fallout 4 has ended, fans of the video game are rejoicing and speculating. Bethesda Game Studios has officially announced the long-awaited follow-up. The Fallout series hasn't had a new launch since 2010, and that was the follow-up game Fallout: New Vegas, developed by Obsidian.
The game will be released for next-gen systems only (PS4, Xbox One) and PCs. View the game trailer below; it showcases the game's incredible details and a post-apocalyptic Boston. It's the same Fallout fans have come to know and love, but it feaures some immersive new details and the promise of a rich backstory. The game is currently available for pre-order on Amazon, and should ship on or around Dec. 31, 2015.
Gameplay details are sparse, but more will be known on June 16, when Bethesda unveils the title at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. So far, it's known the game will be played in The Commonwealth (formerly Boston), and there will be a side quest called The Replicated Man.
Here's what's known about The Replicated Man: Doctor Zimmer, a scientist, visits Washington, D.C. to explain an android project being conducted by "The Institute." Previous games have referenced The Commonwealth many times, but gameplay has yet to take place there. Finally, fans will have their curiosity about this location satisfied. The trailer also suggests you may have a playable dog companion along for the adventure.
Players will have the opportunity to discover the Commonwealth's railroad system, which runs in the opposite direction from The Institute. Commonwealth Police, also known as the Synth Retention Bureau, are charged with capturing androids who've escaped from The Institute, so they'll patrol the railway.
Fans who have viewed previous purported trailers can rest assured that this one is not another fake. It's the real deal, an official release from Bethesda, the studio responsible for Fallout 3, which won E3's prestigious "Game of E3 2007'"award. It's rumored that Bethesda may showcase 20 to 30 minutes of game play at E3, which should provide deeper insight into what fans can expect from the new title.
Based on sales of previous titles in the series and the overwhelmingly positive response to the new trailer, Fallout 4 will undoubtedly become a best-seller. 2007's Fallout 3 shipped more than 4.7 million units, and Fallout: New Vegas shipped more than 5 million units in the 30 days following its release.
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