If your hopes had been shattered when it was revealed that recent Fallout 4 teaserings were revealed as an elaborate prank
, fret not, as new evidence looks to strongly suggest that there is indeed a Fallout sequel in active development at Bethesda.
Kotaku has published leaked documents from casting auditions for a videogame project codenamed Institute. While it doesn't directly name Fallout, it includes several references that seemingly couldn't be anything but a new game set in the popular wasteland, specifically post apocalyptic Boston.
Kotaku claims to have somehow verified the authenticity of the document, and that it reportedly names the same casting director contracted by Bethesda for both Skyrim and Dishonored appears to add further legitimacy.
“War. War never changes,” is the classic introduction used at the beginning of Fallouts 1, 2, and 3. That speech is typically narrated by actor Ron Perlman, although this page seems to suggest that the player-character will read the monologue this time around.
Other documents describe a mission set in the Institute — Fallout‘s post-apocalyptic version of MIT — and references to other Fallout locations that have been mentioned but never shown in other games, like the Commonwealth, which comprises what’s left of Massachusetts.
One character in the documents — who, again, may not show up in the actual game — is named Preston Garvey. One script describes a mission in which Garvey sends you to salvage a fusion core from a museum in the Commonwealth.
The casting documents describe some of the other characters in the next Fallout‘s wasteland, like a radio DJ named Travis Miles and an engineer named Sturges who is described as “a cross between Buddy Holly and Vin Diesel.” Casting calls for both the male and female versions of the player character note that the player begins the game in a cryogenic sleep chamber.
Again, it’s worth noting that these details may have been invented for the casting call, and they may change during development. We also don’t know whether the game will be called Fallout 4, or whether Boston will be the sole setting or just one of many.
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