Earlier this week the voice actor who portrayed the disc jockey Three Dog in Fallout 3 teased that Bethesda might be announcing a direct sequel to the game in the near future. Hot on the heals of that tease/speculation is a new set of rumors that, if true, reveal several interesting details about the unannounced Fallout 4.
The source for this latest round of Fallout 4 rumors is a Reddit user who has a “pal” that “works in public relations at Bethesda”. With that in mind, it is best to take this all with a grain of salt, even though none of the supposedly leaked details seem all that far fetched.
Working under the assumption that the leaked information is accurate, the first detail is that Fallout 4 will take place in Boston — as was previously speculated after Bethesda’s development teams scouted the actual city — and will be a “kind of” direct sequel to Fallout 3, as a few of that game’s “groups” will be in the game. The actual city of Boston is said have a “cyberpunk and retro-futurism” feel to it, with the technologically advanced “The Institute” (which was known as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology pre-war) acting as the game’s “downtown DC or New Vegas”.
Fallout 4‘s Boston will also be home to a new “race” (ie. the Ghouls and Super Mutants from Fallout 3). No concrete details were provided on what this new race will be, however, the source claimed that Bethesda is “looking at Lovecraftian fiction” for inspiration.
As for the sequel’s other factions, it was mentioned that the Super Mutants and the Brotherhood of Steel will not be in the game due to complaints from fans that the groups went “against the lore too much” in Fallout 3. One group that will be returning is “the Railroad”, who were said to be fighting against another faction called “the Plantation” — who forces Androids to work farmlands for food.
Finally, Bethesda is not planning to “reinvent” Fallout 4‘s leveling system, however, they are considering some changes that will make it “similar to Skyrim”. Specifically, there could be a system in place that allows for skills to level up when players “perform certain tasks.”
Considering the fact that Fallout 4 has not even been announced, all of this should be considered to be nothing more than rumors and speculation at this point. We will keep an eye out for any official news from Bethesda and let you know as soon as anything turns up.