Fallout 4’s recent DLC, Automatron, was released last week and has become quite popular with fans of the Boston wasteland. The antagonist of that game expansion is the Mechanist, and yes, the same name exists in the Washington, D.C., wasteland from Fallout 3.
A handy tool available at Nexus Mods called the Bethesda Archive Extractor (BAE) brought forth information from the game’s files. It was Reddit user WilliamWallace2K14 who delved into the game’s folders. Specifically, it was a folder entitled “DLC 03”, according to Game Rant.
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Fallout 4 has three DLCs scheduled and, of course, the expansion comes third in the line-up. So does the “03” run in alignment to the release order of Far Harbor?
“So I was using the Bethesda Archive Extractor programme and just randomly going through FO4 files extracting cat meshes and s**t and my heart stops when I see a folder named “DLC03″ (Far Harbor!) in the Meshes archive.”
You may recall the bear-like beast of a creature called the Yao Guai. The files within the game show a something named “Ghoul Yao Guai.” From there, it seems pretty obvious how this creature may turn out should an encounter occur in the Maine wasteland.
Fallout 4 Far Harbor has a synopsis revealing a more “feral world” due to higher amounts of radiation, according to Bethesda.
“Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world.”
Could this new ghoul discovery be a representation of a world gone feral?
There was another discovery. WilliamWallace2K14 further explored the Fallout 4 game folder, and what was discovered was rather more interesting than the aforementioned creature. Although quite a few YouTubers had mapped out the ocean floor off the Boston coast, discovering structures and other hints found in the deep, what was revealed next was a specific pattern of “textures” that appeared to be a Giant Squid.
Although rumors of Ol’ Peg had been going around the Fallout 4 wasteland, that name was indicative of a ghoul blue whale. However, the caravan worker mentioned that anything that’s exposed to the radiation of the wasteland can be subject to its effects, and she mentions how “dark and ominous things swim the deep.” It appears this squid character is such a representation, but only in texture form for now.
Fallout 4 Far Harbor seems to run in accordance to the rumors that had been buzzing around the internet in the past regarding these expansions. Some speculated about a discovered underwater structure that could be accessible in future DLC expansions. In the past, a harpoon gun was also found in the game files, and with that sprung some thoughts that tied it all together. Of course, the location is in Maine and not the existing Boston wasteland.
Now, new data discovered by the Redditor revealed a lot of gibberish regarding a harpoon gun. It was accessible via Notepad. It was called “TestUnderWaterWorldScript.pex,” and several references to the speculated weapon that is thought to make its debut in the Fallout 4 DLC were revealed on Reddit.
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Of course, Far Harbor is said to take place in Maine, and one would even have to traverse geographically through New Hampshire to get to that state. So if the lone wanderer would stick to the coast while traveling north, he/she would reach Portsmouth. Of course, who knows how far into Maine these missions might go?
There are two more expansions scheduled for the game. Wasteland Workshop will be out this month, while the final one, Far Harbor, is slated for May and is said to be the most exciting of the three, at least according to Fallout 4 game fans.
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