Bethesda Warns ‘Fallout 4’ Fans Against Sharing Unapproved Images Following Recent Screenshot Leaks

With Fallout 4 now set to release in just over one week, fans are growing anxious to get their hands on the return of the popular post-apocalyptic franchise. Hoping to feed their anticipation, many gamers enjoyed a new set of Fallout 4 screenshots that appeared on the internet this past weekend.

The problem, however, is that none of the Fallout 4 images were actually released by Bethesda, meaning all of the new assets were screens leaked by a third party. As reported by Gamespot, the first batch of screenshots appeared on Saturday after a user on Reddit posted a collection of Playstation 4 screens that were supposedly collected during a Fallout 4 presentation. Because these were unofficial pics, many of the images were grainy and of low quality.

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Unlike this image, all of this weekend’s Fallout 4 screens weren’t released by Bethesda [Image via Fallout 4]
After viewing the low resolution images, some fans unsurprisingly had negative reactions to the screens. This resulted in plenty of PC gamers badmouthing the PS4 since the images were claimed to have come from the console version of Fallout 4.

However, later in the day, a second set of images once again leaked that were of much higher quality. These later screens, which Gearnuke pointed out were also taken from the PS4 edition of Fallout 4, were of much better quality. Unlike the images from that morning, these new shots were uncompressed and thus gave a much more positive representation of the game.

Regardless of their source, many gamers were undoubtedly happy to view the leaked Fallout 4 images as they prepare for the fast-approaching release date of the new game. After all, the screens gave fans a never-before-seen look at several new environments from the game. The second batch of images actually featured a female protagonist, which hasn’t been overly showcased in any of the official assets that Bethesda has released for the game thus far.

After the negative reaction following the low quality of some of the Fallout 4 leaked images, however, it’s not hard to understand why Bethesda might not be too happy. No matter where the screens came from, many who saw the images still formed an opinion of the game, even if they didn’t properly represent how Fallout 4 will actually look.

As such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that Bethesda is asking fans to refrain from further sharing the leaked screenshots. On their official forums, a representative from Bethesda’s community team announced that they would be removing links to any unofficial Fallout 4 assets until after the game has actually launched.

“Head’s up that we’re not allowing links/images/streams/videos to be shared in the forums prior to the release of the game. Folks that are currently sharing assets either have a copy they shouldn’t have or are breaking terms of our NDA with them.”

They went on to warn that continuing to promote any leaked Fallout 4 on the Bethesda forums would result in administrative action. The developer is trying to ensure that people are able to form their own opinions from the final version of Fallout 4 rather than judging the game based on poorly captured images.

“Let’s wait to share this stuff until the game is actually out — posting leaked content will lead to warnings, suspensions, and possibly even a forum ban. November 10th is right around the corner — let’s keep the spoilers out until then”

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Fallout 4’s protagonist alongside dogmeat [Image via Fallout 4]
Fans won’t be given the opportunity to try out Fallout 4 ahead of its upcoming release early as Bethesda won’t making a playable demo available for the game. As Inquisitr reported last week, the developer has stated that the game simply can’t be broken down into a small trial version.

Did any of the leaked Fallout 4 screenshots change your opinion of the game?

[Image via Fallout 4]