Fallout 4 is one of the most highly anticipated games for PS4, Xbox One and PC even before the first trailer arrived. Speculation about the game began almost as soon as Fallout 3 launched in 2008.
Unfortunately, a lot of the information floating around about the game is either bogus or unconfirmed. Let's recap what we do and don't know about the return of the post-apocalyptic RPG series.
Bethesda Game StudiosBethesda Game Studios, the development arm of Bethesda responsible for Fallout 3 and the Elder Scrolls series, may have started work on Fallout 4 as early as February 2012. They began hiring programmers during that month for "an unannounced game on future-generation consoles" as well as the PC. However, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was only three months old at that point so producing DLC and patches for that game remained the studio's focus.
The studio officially finished work on Skyrim's DLC a year ago. At the time, they said that it was time for them to concentrate on their next game, which we know now to be Fallout 4.
It's no big shock that they're returning to Fallout series after letting Obsidian Entertainment develop Fallout: New Vegas. They indicated in the past that they planned to continue building up the Fallout franchise.
"This is not something we're going to do once and then go away and never do it again," Bethesda's vice president of PR Pete Hines told TVG in 2008. "When that will be or how long that will be god only knows, but we acquired it specifically because we wanted to own it and develop it and work on it like we do with The Elder Scrolls."
Continue on for Fallout 4's release date and other detailed info about the game...