About Fallout 4 game
developer Bethesda Game Studios
publisher Bethesda Softworks
release date November 10, 2015
genre Role-playing game
engine Creation Engine
modes Single player
platforms Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
media DVD, digital download
Fallout 4 is an upcoming game being developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series, and will be released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 10, 2015.
Fallout 4 Story
During Bethesda’s E3 conference, it is revealed that the player will be the Sole Survivor of Vault 111, who emerges from (implied) suspended animation — 200 years after the Great War. Prior to this, the player is shown to have lived during the pre-war era with their spouse and child.
The setting was confirmed to be Boston, Massachusetts from the trailer released on June 3, 2015. The trailer shows the Paul Revere Monument, the USS Constitution, as well as the Massachusetts State House with its unique Golden Dome. Scollay Square, the Bunker Hill memorial, and Fenway Park are also visible in the trailer. Possible areas within Fenway Park include (from left to right) Swatters Custom Baseball Store, Diamond City Surplus, Power Noodles, and Chem-I-Care. Fenway Park is likely renamed Diamond City, as seen in the surplus store name, and the white diamond symbol seen on the outside of the building and on the Diamond City Surplus store.
Vault 111 is likely to be somewhere in this region, as it was seen in the trailer. Furthermore, the Sole Survivor wearing the Vault 111 jumpsuit is carrying what looks to be a laser musket, can be seen meeting a dog and starting on a road leading away from the camera, a motif seen in various previous installments.
Vault 111 is also near Sanctuary Hills, the estate where the Sole Survivor is from. According to the game trailer, it seems to be the first place most players will encounter (provided they don’t go the other way). The player’s robot, Codsworth, still resides there. Going by the E3 reveal, one of the possible player-built settlement sites is in Sanctuary Hills, possibly the player’s original home.
The setting will also include mountains and the out-lands of Boston’s city limits.
Fallout 4 Gameplay
The gameplay will be largely similar to that of Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas, with the ability to switch from first to third person view. Additional features are a split-piece armor system, base-building, a dynamic dialogue system, in depth crafting system which implements every lootable object in the game, and much more. Enemies such as mole rats, raiders, super mutants, deathclaws, and ghouls will also return to the series.
Players will obtain a Pip-Boy which allows the player to access a menu with statistics, maps, data, and items. Players can also find game cartridges, which can be played on the Pip-Boy. Another returning gameplay feature is the Vault-Tec Assisted Targeting System (V.A.T.S.), which plays an important part in combat. While using V.A.T.S., real-time combat is slowed down, and action is played out from varying camera angles in a computer graphics version of “bullet time”. Various actions cost action points, limiting the actions of each combatant during a turn, and the player can target specific body areas for attacks to inflict specific injuries; head shots can be used for quick kills or blinding, legs can be targeted to slow enemies’ movements, and opponents can be disarmed by shooting at their weapons.
A new feature to the series is the ability to build settlements and buildings. Players can select objects and structures, and use them to build their own structures. Towns can be powered with working electricity, using a dynamic power line system. Merchants and non-player characters can inhabit players’ towns. Players can build various defenses around their settlements, such as turrets and traps, to defend the settlements, as they can be raided and attacked.