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Fallout 4 Confirmed To Take Place In Boston

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The Fallout 4 trailer is finally here; and it is gorgeous!

It has easily been several years since we first heard rumors of Fallout 4. Some of which have been leaked documents, other rumors have been generated by one anonymous identity. Needless to say, we were wondering if Fallout 4 was going to be the next Half-Life 3 in the gaming world.

Yesterday, Bethesda Softworks teased us with a cruel 24 hour countdown to possible Fallout 4 information at fallout.bethsoft.com. Now that the wait is finally over – we have the first look at the Fallout 4 trailer!

Now that you’ve watched this at least a dozen times, let’s break it down piece by piece.

First, it is clear that Fallout 4 takes place in Boston. Need some proof? It all starts at 1:37 in to the trailer.

Quincy Market is the first piece of Boston history that we see in the trailer, and it definitely is an iconic one even in ruins. This complex was constructed in Downtown Boston near Faneuil Hall between 1824-1826 in honor of Mayor Josiah Quincy. He organized the construction of this building without any tax or debt.

Fallout 4 - Quincy Market

Fallout 4 – Quincy Market

At 1:39 on the trailer, we also see a very iconic Boston landmark – The USS Constitution.

The USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three masted heavy frigate of the US Navy that was named by President George Washington after the Constitution. This ship is most famous for her actions during the War of 1812 against the United Kingdom, when she captured numerous merchant ships and defeated five British warships.

Fallout 4 - The USS Constitution

Fallout 4 – The USS Constitution

At 1:41 we also see something that could easily resemble Scollay Square, or what may have once been Scollay Square.

Scollay Square during 1838-1962 was a vibrant city square in Downtown Boston named after William Scollay, a local developer and militia officer. In the 1950’s, city officials started on plans to tear down and redevelop the Scollay Square area in order to weed out the lower-icome residents that had troubled the district and turned the once beautiful landmark into a seedy land for the wicked.

Fallout 4 - Scollay Square

Fallout 4 – Scollay Square

At 1:50 we catch a glimpse of what vaguely resembles Fenway Park. The giveaway for Fenway Park is that it is referred to as ‘Diamond City’ in the game, and also appears that it is being used as a fortress of some sort. The reference of Diamond City is also a nice tip of the hat to Baseball and Fenway Park, seeing as the game of baseball takes place on a diamond field.

Fenway Park opened its’ doors in 1912 to become the home of the Boston Red Sox and is the oldest ballpark in MLB. Because of its’ age and location it has been renovated and expanded numerous times and is still considered the fourth smallest MLB ballpark, as it is one of eight that cannot accommodate at least 40,000 spectators.

Fallout 4 - Fenway Park

Fallout 4 – Fenway Park

Shortly after at 1:57 we also see another part of Historic Boston which is Old North Church and the Paul Revere Statue.

Old North Church which is officially, Christ Church in the City of Boston, is at the North End of Boston and is famous for being the location of where the signal “One if by land, and two if by sea” was said to have been sent from. The statue erected out front of Paul Revere is in tribute to Paul Revere’s midnight ride of April 18th, 1775 which preceded the Battles of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution

Fallout 4 - Old North Church & Paul Revere Statue

Fallout 4 – Old North Church & Paul Revere Statue

So, what does this mean for Fallout fans? We aren’t entirely sure – yet. We do know that the leaked documents sent to Kotaku last year may indeed be actual dialog from the game to be used, as the trailer opens on the ominous “War, War never changes” line. The same line that starts the dialog on the leaked documents and follows suit with previous speech on the introductions for Fallout 1, 2 and 3.

Other documents that leaked from the casting call describe missions and plot lines that take place in the Institute, Fallout’s post-apocalyptic version of MIT. Another script that leaked has a character by the name of Preston Garvey sending you to salvage a fusion core from a museum in the Commonwealth. From previous references, we know at this point the Commonwealth comprises what’s left of Massachusetts.

On a final note, we know from the casting calls leaked to Kotaku that there will be the choice between a female and male character at the start, and you will also begin your story in the post apocalyptic world in a cryogenic sleep chamber.

One thing is for certain, we cannot wait for E3 as it is almost certain we may see a demo or possible game play at the convention in a few short weeks.