It was only officially announced four and a half months ago, but even those 149 days between the reveal of Fallout 4 and the upcoming November 10 launch feel like an eternity. Despite some nefarious characters breaking embargo and leaking the story, gameplay, context-free traversal times and even the ending, patient fans of the survival RPG series have had little to go on beyond S.P.E.C.I.A.L. videos. That patience is rewarded today with the release of the Fallout 4 launch trailer, providing a glimpse into what this game’s narrative hopes to portray over the course of dozens of gameplay hours.
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Warning: If you want to go into Fallout 4 fresh and without a clue beyond what has been shown leading up to yesterday’s date, viewer discretion is advised.
There’s a cogent idea pounded into the theology of every Fallout game, and Fallout 4 carries the same message; war never changes. The conflict of the future Boston area lies within a few factions, including Synths (android entities), their creators in The Institute and the rest of the Commonwealth that want them destroyed. There’s more to the story that’s being let on, of course, and it’s up to your player character (with both the male and female voice providing the exciting trailer dialogue) to parse together the truth or to create one for yourself.
Beyond the fact that the Fallout 4 launch trailer showcases a great deal of gameplay, one can’t help but look in awe at the variety of different aesthetics shown off. Fans of the 3D series of games, especially New Vegas, are used to the hyper brown-and-bloom settings, but this game looks to provide a wider array of colorization. Amber, red, blue, green, yellow, orange and metallic grey are all prominently displayed, providing a more rewarding color direction than we’ve seen in the series. Not too long now before the gaming community gets a better look for themselves on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.