I’m as excited as can be about the hot new Fallout 4 trailer (see it here), despite viral shenanigans keeping my body in check. Bethesda is mostly just teasing their E3 presentation on June 14 (watch it live here), but there’s a lot packed into the three-minute clip.
Let’s start with the setting: Boston! Okay, it might not have been my first choice, but it’s got plenty of landmarks and history to mess around with. Each title in the franchise has built in more and more setting-based Easter eggs (though New Vegas did recycle some from Fallout 2), and the clip is full of Boston landmarks. If there’s not a Tea Party side quest, I’ll eat my three-cornered hat.
And then there’s the elephant in the room, which in the Fallout world can only mean the dog. First-time viewers of the trailer could easily think that the friendly, inquisitive German Shepherd is the game’s main playable character, and while the ending suggests otherwise, who am I to say for sure? Canine companions are another fixture of the series, but maybe they’ve flipped the script this time so it’s more like Peabody and Sherman.
And then comes the fan service. There’s a lot to take in, from the Ink Spots song to the Power Armor in the garage to the insanely dangerous household robots to Ron Perlman’s iconic line “War…war never changes.” The brahmin, the deathclaw, the ghouls, the vividly detailed city streets, it all adds up to a $60 direct debit from my checking account.
My only concern is the emphasis on pre-Apocalypse flashbacks. Most likely this is just non-game storytelling juju, but that was a lot of pre-war animation, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see. It might be neat if they worked that into character creation, like the infancy-to-adulthood sequence in Fallout 3. Time will tell.