Rumor: Fallout 4 Set in Boston?
A post on CVG today reports on some new speculation on the setting of Fallout 4, with a few Reddit users’ claims pointing to the game taking place in Boston. One anonymous user claims to possibly be an employee of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, saying “the rumors are true, Fallout 4 will take place in Boston.”
“In case you haven’t heard, Bethesda has recently been scoping out and researching Boston. They also have a strong connection to MIT. I may or may not be an MIT employee. But that’s really all I can say for fear of losing my job.
“Apologies for the vagueness of this post. It’s not just my job that worries me, but also getting the f**k sued out of me. Bethesda’s contracts are basically foolproof so if they were to discover who I am, or rather, who I got this information from, a few people including myself could get into a lot of trouble.”
Another user corroborates those claims:
“I’ve been hearing reports from people in the Boston area, where my fellow Fallout-obsessed brother lives, that Bethesda has been in the Boston area doing initial research for Fallout 4. It’s highly speculative, but the main rumors surround Bethesda’s connection to ‘The Institute,’ or what we call the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or M.I.T.
M.I.T., although in populated Cambridge and just across the river from Boston proper, still has a small-town feel when it comes to the way news propagates through the community. It is students and staff at M.I.T. that seem to be the ones talking the most about it, and they would be in a position to know. I wouldn’t be surprised, at all, if the rumors prove to be true in coming weeks.
Just thought I’d share! I’m not confirming anything, but all signs point to yes.”
The post notes that Bethesda declined to comment when asked about the rumors. As to whether or not any of this means anything, really, well—that’s all down to how much you trust in Reddit forums. I tend to think that, at least when it comes to relatively inconsequential things like where a video game is going to be set, rumors like this tend to be right more often than not. Why would this info trickle through if it were a mistake? How could a mistake like this even be made? And if it’s a flat-out lie, who would benefit from a lie like that? To me, it sounds as though it’s probably legit. Your thoughts?