Bethesda may have decided on the setting for post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4. Reports suggest that the developer is currently checking out locations throughout the Boston area.
"The rumors are true, Fallout 4 will take place in Boston," said Reddit user Friend of the People. "In case you haven't heard, Bethesda has recently been scoping out and researching Boston. They also have a strong connection to MIT. I may or may not be an MIT employee. But that's really all I can say for fear of losing my job."
An anonymous Reddit user doesn't seem like the most credible source of information. For what it's worth, a second user corroborated his claims. Nonetheless, you should take the report with a pinch of salt.
As OXM UK notes, Boston is a prominent location in Fallout lore even if the city hasn't appeared in any of the games. It's mentioned in passing throughout Fallout 3 and its DLC. In the aftermath of the nuclear apocalypse, the state of Massachusetts reformed as the Commonwealth. MIT, or Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has become known as the Institute. The Institute specializes in the creation of androids, or synthetic humans. An underground organization known as the Railroad helps these androids escape from that organization's clutches. Considering how much information Bethesda has already revealed about Boston's place in the Fallout universe, it seems likely that they'd craft a game around that setting.
Boston, frankly, seems like it would be a great setting too. F3 was at its finest when it juxtaposed historical sites with the nightmarish present, such as fighting super mutants in trenches in front of the Capitol or stealing the Declaration of Independence from a robot. Boston, with all of its storied history, has the potential to be just as interesting a location for post-apocalyptic shenanigans.
Bethesda has yet to formally announce Fallout 4. In February, they indicated that they were hiring for a next-generation game. Presumably F4 is that game, considering they just released a new Elder Scrolls this past year.
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