Speculation, rumors and hoaxes aside, Fallout 4 is finally real, and ready for next-gen consoles.
The Fallout series dates all the way back to Sept. 1997, with a series of PC-exclusive exploration and story-driven RPG’s. Developed under Black Isle Studios, the original Fallout was set in the distant future of 2161, within a post-nuclear fallout Southern California. The nameless, gender-less “Vault Hunter” is tasked with retrieving a device from the surface “Wasteland”, to be used in the broken water system of Vault 13. The 1998 sequel Fallout 2 follows 80 years after the original, thrusting players into the role of the original Vault Hunter’s descendant; he or she assumes the role of the “Chosen One”, protecting his or her village from the Enclave- corrupt remnants of the pre-nuclear war US Government.
After the saga debuted on consoles in 2004 with a port of the tactical-RPG Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel, the series parted ways from the isometric presentation, in exchange for the hybrid RPG/FPS format of Fallout 3 and the spin-off title, Fallout: New Vegas. The past five years have been nothing but a torrent of well-crafted hoaxes, false leaks, and misleading trademark-renewals, all with the intent of messing with dedicated Fallout fans. However, after a LinkedIn job post surfaced regarding a new Fallout, and an official countdown from Bethesda, Fallout 4 has finally, officially been announced, complete with a new trailer:
A release date has not been announced for Fallout 4, however die-hard fans can already pre-order a copy through Bethesda, GameStop, Amazon and other retailers; more details will be revealed during Bethesda’s E3 presentation on June 14.
Fallout 4 will release for PC, Xbox One and PS4; Bethesda’s E3 presentation will be held on 6/14 at 7pm PST. The event will also play host to the public debut of the new Doom title.