Bethesda has largely played coy with the Fallout 4 storyline and revealed as little details as possible. Fans awaiting the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC release have pieced together much already, but the release of the launch trailer Thursday gives a broad overview of the plot and factions. We also get our first look at the male and female versions of the player-controlled protagonist along with their respective voices.
For those who have chosen to remain in the dark about Fallout 4, there are spoilers in the trailer and this article. These are very high-level story details, but please exit stage left and return when you are ready if you don’t want to have them spoiled.
The 2:50-second launch trailer nicely switches between the male and female Fallout 4 leads to highlight the choice players have when creating their character. As previously covered by the Inquisitr, the character creation extends beyond a simple gender choice. Players will be able to mold their characters looks from skin tone to hair to the shape of their nose. The character system for perks will of course play a major role as well.
Still, it was a nice touch by Bethesda to highlight the voice acting used by both the male and female protagonists, especially with the end scene of the trailer that recreates the “Let’s go boy” moment from the debut trailer. Voice actors Brian T. Delaney and Courtenay Taylor provide the voices of the leads and each performed over 13,000 lines of dialogue for Fallout 4. Not all the lines are exact reproductions of each other either, as Director Todd Howard previously explained that some scenes will play out differently based on gender.
As for the Fallout 4 story, the thrust of the plot is revealed with the line, “I have a question. The only question that matters. Would you risk your life for your fellow man even if that man is a synth?”
The stage is set for a conflict between man and the synthetic men of the Institute. The Brotherhood of Steel character makes clear that the Institute is located somewhere underneath Boston, while others reveal that synths are perceived as a threat to every faction that exists above ground. There’s even a Cold War-ish feel where one man is being held at gun point while swearing that he’s not a synth.
The mysterious Institute was introduced in Fallout 3 as a side quest and existed prior to the Great War that brought the nuclear apocalypse. It is a group of scientists living underground developing advanced technology that leads to the creation of artificial intelligence and androids. The Railroad faction stands in opposition to them and works to free androids from the control of the Institute.
The trailer also showcases some of the upgraded gunplay that will be available in Fallout 4. As covered earlier, Bethesda took inspiration from Destiny for the gunplay in this release to make it a viable option for the player. It’s also used to highlight some of the new graphic features described by the developer.
PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC owners will have the opportunity to emerge from Vault 111 into a post-apocalyptic Boston, Massachusetts, when Fallout 4 releases on Tuesday, November 10. Xbox One owners will also receive a free backward compatible copy of Fallout 3 that will be available to play when the New Xbox One Experience launches on November 12.
The Fallout 4 Android, iOS, and Windows Phone companion app is now available to download from the Google Play Store, iTunes, and the Windows Store. It will give players access to their character stats, inventory, and map when the game fully launches, but it comes with a demo mode to try out for now. There’s even a Missile Command-like mini-game available to play.
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