Could it be True? Is Fallout 4 Really on the Horizon?
There have been so many leaks and rumors over the last couple years, false, true, and somewhere in between, that an actual announcement is on the horizon. But it’s finally coming people! Bethesda just put a Fallout-style countdown timer on its website and it promises there will be some kind of announcement coming our way tomorrow morning. Most believe this is finally the big announcement surrounding Fallout 4, but it isn’t 100% sure, we can only be hopeful and pray. What remains to be seen is what form the announcement will take: Bethesda is holding its first-ever press conference at E3 in two weeks, so it’s going to have to leave some details out of their announcement tomorrow to keep the suspense going for E3 in the coming weeks.
For those unfamiliar, Fallout is Bethesda’s “open world”, post apocalyptic RPG, the developer having picked up the rights to the series after Fallout 3 was released. Anyone for whom Skyrim was their first experience with Bethesda games will be glad to know that these two are basically the same series, taking all the same open world exploration cues, just in radically different settings.
We don’t know a whole lot about what is in store with Fallout 4 yet, but early rumors strongly point to the game being set in Boston, which features heavily in Fallout lore. This will be Bethesda’s first game on the Xbox One and PS4, and I’d be shocked if the developer also releases for Xbox 360 and PS3. For that reason, we’re likely getting a whole new engine to go along with the title, updated graphics and hopefully adding in current-generation standards like seamless transitions from interiors to exteriors.
Graphics technology is immensely important for Bethesda games, especially considering their first-person perspective, and so facelifts actually go a long way to changing the way the game feels and plays: just look at the vast difference between Oblivion and Skyrim.
There’s surely to be a whole lot more changes as well, but we’ll wait until tomorrow to find out.
What is clear, though, is that while Bethesda may have once been the champions of the open world RPG, there’s a new kid in town that’s raising the bar.