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Fallout 4: Just announced!

Let’s be honest, nobody was surprised that Bethesda Softworks just officially announced Fallout 4. It doesn’t mean we’re any less excited though!

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Nuka Cola sign - Fallout 4 announced!

Let’s be honest, nobody was surprised that Bethesda Softworks just officially announced Fallout 4. It doesn’t mean we’re any less excited though!

It’s been on the cards for some time. As part of the ebb-and-flow of the Fallout/Elder Scrolls release cycles (that has seen both Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls: Online released since Fallout: New Vegas) it definitely feels like it’s Fallout 4’s turn. Bethesda have even found time to launch some new IP (The Evil Within) in the interim, extending the agony; and then there was that whole Survivor 2299 fiasco…

Well no matter: Fallout 4 has finally been announced!

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Maybe it’s all the chems we’ve been taking, or we’re all sugared up on Nuka-Cola, but we’ve been trembling with excitement ever since Bethesda Softworks put the Please Stand By countdown live 24 hours ago. Such has been our excitement that we even tried to find ways around the interminable timer, and managed to fool the clock into ticking down early, only to find that the content wasn’t yet available for us to view. We even found some references hidden away on Bethesda’s site for an ‘announcement-preorder-aside-banner’ but alas, we couldn’t view that either.

So we’ve had to wait with everyone else for the official Fallout 4 announcement, but we knew it was coming. Everybody did. And now it’s finally here.

Fallout 4 will be coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One – sorry last-gen folk, no PS3/Xbox 360 news today – and while there’s been no indication of a release date you can pre-order it now from selected retailers via the Bethesda site. Expect other retailers to follow suit as soon as they get a sniff of the box art.

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And then there’s this epic trailer, that looks every bit as though it’s been shot using in-game graphics:

https://youtube.com/watch?v=Lnn2rJpjar4

Bethesda promise there will be more to come from Fallout 4 at their E3 reveal event on the 14 June 2015.

Time for some Fallout 4 rumours?

What do we know about Fallout 4, then? Not much, yet. There has been much speculation that the game is going to be set in Baaawston Boston and that appears to have been confirmed today judging by the locales in the trailer.

We get a glimpse of some rare pre-war footage. It sounds like Mr Ron Perlman doing the customary “War Never Changes” voice-over. The vault in Fallout 4 looks to be Vault 111. And we have seen a Brotherhood of Steel suit of power armour, hanging in disrepair in a garage while being watched over by an Alsatian (and a Fallout Vault Boy bobble-head statuette in the background). Then our vault-dweller appears, Pip-Boy and all, and heads off down the road with the Alsatian. A very familiar, and welcome motif in the Fallout universe.

Fallout 4 Brotherhood of Steel

Are the Brotherhood back? Does the wrecked armour signify that they’re gone? Is the dog going to be a companion? Is it actually our old friend Dogmeat…?

Fallout 4 dogmeat

We don’t know. All we do know is, we can’t contain our excitement to find out more about Fallout 4!

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Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.