Fallout 4 post-apocalypse likely to be out this year
Store listings suggest that the long-awaited Fallout 4 will be out this year.
Bethesda Softworks officially revealed Fallout 4 for release on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC, and released an in-game trailer alongside the launch of the game's website, this morning.
The trailer shows a range of interesting characters, technology and locations, most notably the Boston Dome at the 2 minute 3 second mark, leading to believe the game will be set in and around The Commonwealth - the Fallout universe's fictional version of Massachusetts that has been mentioned in previous Fallout titles.
Several mainstays from the Fallout series also make appearances within the trailer. What appears to be the player character's optional pet, Dogmeat, can be seen in much of the footage and in the downloadable image from the website.
Also, voice actor Ron Perlman can be heard speaking throughout the trailer, talking about losing communication with other stations, nuclear detonations, and finishing up with the Fallout tagline, "War, War Never Changes".
Another interesting note is that the possible Vault 111 player character seems to be voiced, with their words to the dog, "Let's go pal" ending the in-game portion of the trailer.
No word yet on whether that is indeed the player character or if it will be possible to play as a male or female, but if the previous two Fallout releases (Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas) are anything to go by, this will be an option.
The reveal itself jumped the official announcement and trailer, that occurred at 2am NZST, with the game's website going live for a short time an hour ahead of schedule, with images from the site being posted on NeoGAF.
The website is now accessible, and shows box art for the title, pre-order options, images, and the systems it will be releasing on, confirming that it will be for the current-gen only, and will not be releasing on the Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.
With the release of the trailer, in a tweet on the official Bethesda Game Studios Twitter page, they also teased more information regarding Fallout 4 to be revealed at their E3 press conference on June 15th at 2pm NZST.
"To our amazing fans, we can't wait to show you everything on June 14th at the #BE3 Showcase. Hope you can all tune in."
Fallout 4 has been rumoured to be in production for some time now, the latest of which claiming that Guillermo Del Toro's production company worked on a cinematic trailer.
Bethesda hasn't announced a release date or window for Fallout 4, but the game's Bethesda Store listing originally had "TBA 2015" as the estimated shipping date, according to NeoGAF. This has since been changed to just "TBA", but the listing still states that prerders for Fallout 4 come with a 20 per cent off next purchase voucher that expires on October 31, 2015.
Meanwhile, Amazon and GameStop both have December 31, 2015 placeholder dates - a common practice for games that have a release year set, but no solid date yet - while Green Man Gaming lists the game as being available in 2015.
As Bethesda haven't officially announced anything, a 2015 release window is far from confirmed or set in stone. At the same time, Fallout 4 is a game that's been in development for a few years at least, with this morning's announcement seemingly confirming leaked development documents from as far back as 2013, so a 2015 release is certainly plausible.
Possible information leaks have stretched back further though, with rumours appearing in 2012, 2013, and 2014 suggesting the game would be set in the Boston area - claims that appear to have had some truth to them.