All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

The first trailer for Fallout 4 manages to cram quite a few things in a span of three minutes, ranging from references, to potential gameplay mechanics. Lets take a closer look, shall we?

In case you've somehow missed it or need it for reference, here's the Fallout 4 trailer in full:

OK! Lets get right to it. The first thing we see in the trailer is a throwback -- it starts out on close-up to a TV screen, which displays an Indian test head pattern much like the one we saw in the countdown earlier this week. But then the camera pulls out, revealing that the TV is actually in a pretty beat-up room:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

As Fallout veterans know, Fallout 1's intro cinematic had a similar shot:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

And like previous Fallout games, the Fallout 4 trailer's music is provided by The Ink Spots:

You might know them as the folks who sing 'I don't want to set the world on fire~'

What makes this scene in the Fallout 4 trailer interesting is that it then goes on to show us what the scene looked like before the bombs went off:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

This does not seem like a detail that is simply window dressing. The rest of the trailer regularly flashes back to pre-war moments, making it seem as if Fallout 4 will explore stuff outside the post-apocalypse, too. Vault-Tec in particular is mentioned at this point, which is the company that built the vaults that people hid in to save themselves from nuclear catastrophe.

And then suddenly... dog! A German shepard dog, to be exact:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

This dog looks a hell of a lot like Dogmeat, a mutt that first appeared in Fallout 1 as a Mad Max reference (the dog used to belong to a character that wears the same armour as Max). Since then, Dogmeat has appeared in pretty much every Fallout game there is. So...lets call him Dogmeat here, too.

Dogmeat walks through a kitchen, and that kitchen turns out to look like this before the war:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Classic 1950's decor, but more importantly, that robot right there is a Mister Handy, whom you might remember as the totally competent mech that ruined your birthday cake in Fallout 3.

Dogmeat sniffs around, and walks through the abandoned house, eventually reaching a kid's room. Here, we are treated with another flashback, only this time of the wholesome family that once lived here:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

While this scene unfolds, the trailer also plays audio of what seems to be a radio transmission. Someone is trying to make contact with other stations, but is having no luck. It sounds like it's a transmission that happens shortly after the war started, as the fiction posits that there was much confusion about who dropped the bombs first -- and this guy clearly doesn't know what in the world is going on.

Dogmeat hears an alarm, and bolts outside. Here, we catch our first glimpse of the Fallout 4 overworld...it looks a hell of a lot like the wasteland in Fallout 3, only brighter/more colourful:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Here's a comparison shot, so you can see what I mean:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Hooray for a post-apocalypse that is not green and drab!

Once again the trailer flashes back, and this time we see people in the middle of pandemonium, presumably as the war actually started:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

People are packing their bags, trying to get the heck out of dodge -- meanwhile, the government blazes by overhead in a Vertiberd, without a care. They have got guaranteed vault space, after all.

Everyone else? They have to scram and hope that maybe they can get into a vault:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

See the guys in armour there? That's the Enclave, policing who can and cannot get into the vault. Spoilers: most people could not secure vault space...but it's difficult to feel bad, considering the vaults were actually just glorified testing labs. I digress.

Then we hear the iconic Fallout catchphrase: 'war never changes...' right as a vault opens:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

And as proof that the part with Dogmeat was not a fluke, here we get another look at the pink, lively wasteland once more:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Then the trailer shows a few key locales that confirm the Boston setting, like the Bunker Hill Monument:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

The USS Constitution, which seems to be retrofitted with some fancy new tech:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Scollay Square

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

(Again, note the colours! And is that the mysterious stranger from previous Fallout games?)

This is where the trailer picks up the pace, and starts showing us a variety of locales and enemies one after the other. First, we've got Brahmin and barter confirmed.

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Guys in power armour roam the wasteland still:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Is that the Enclave though? Or the Brotherhood of Steel? Hard to tell. EDIT: As our reader Collin Olson points out, it's likely these are Super Mutants -- see the cages nearby? Yeah. Super mutants love imprisoning people in those.

Protectrons are also in the game:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

I can't for the life of me identify what this is...new creature type species? Mike Fahey guesses its a mutant flea. It kind of looks and walks like a crab to me:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Deathclaw bastards are back:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Looks like some portions of the game will indeed be very brown. Perhaps this Deathclaw is closer to a location that got hit by radiation?

Will we be able to fly Vertiberds in Fallout 4? One can dream, at least:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Ghouls are also back:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

A new location, presumably Fenway Park stadium:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Eyebots are still around, so the government likely still has some sort of presence in Fallout 4:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Whatever this town is, it looks great:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Note the guy in the baseball outfit, as well as the giant weaponised baseball bat on top of a building? Not to mention the baseball store in the screenshot before this? Baseball must be pretty big in this town! I can't possibly imagine why. It will be cool to see how that love influences the design of the game, though.

The Paul Revere monument, accompanied with a blimp in the background:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

A shot from within a Vertiberd, which once again makes me wonder if we'll be taking flight in Fallout 4:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Then, a look at the post-apocalyptic Massachusetts State House:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

And once again, a scene from before the events of Fallout:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Damn. Like I said...most people didn't make it back then. And again: do the constant flashbacks mean we'll get to play some of this stuff? Hopefully that's the case -- it would be a welcome change of pace for the series.

The trailer then goes forward in time once more, this time showing a suit of power armour:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

A few things here. One, looks like bobbleheads are back. Two, there are a variety of energy weapons here, in what appears to be a workshop. Will we see a crafting system like that of New Vegas? And more importantly, if this is indeed a workshop, will we get to build our own suits of power armour? Power armour is the most iconic gear in the game -- and being able to customise them would be huge. It certainly looks like this Power Armour is in repair, at least.

And finally, our closing shot: Dogmeat, being a good boy, yes he is!!

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Pipboys are still in, naturally, and it looks like the main character might be someone from Vault 111. That's the same vault from the scene where people get blown up by an atomic bomb. Nothing major, and yet these last few seconds have what is potentially the biggest bombshell in this entire trailer: the character speaks.

When we first broke the story about Fallout 4's Boston setting, we shared documents that implied that Fallout 4 would have a particular set character who has lines. Typically, characters in Fallout games are silent. Though we only get a quick look at this Vault Dweller in the trailer, he sure as hell looks like the guy from the documents we received back in 2013:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

He doesn't say enough for us to get a sense of who might be voicing him, unfortunately. Some people are assuming it's Troy Baker, but who knows. Another thing that's up in the air: Is Ron Perlman in the game? He has said he wasn't in the past...

But it sounds like he's in the trailer at least, and newer tweets make the situation confusing:

We'll see, I guess!

What else does this trailer possibly imply? Since this game is set in Boston, it seems logical to assume that we'll visit The Institute, a location within the Fallout universe that is said to have very advanced technology. We're talking androids and stuff like that. Remember The Replicated Man quest from Fallout 3? The android in that quest is from The Institute. We don't see this locale in the trailer (to my knowledge), but if you want to know more, here's an excerpt from The Fallout wiki:

The Institute existed long before the Great War, but was originally known as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT). It is known that Robert House attended the Institute in his youth.[1] After the Great War, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology survived, but became known to the people of the wasteland as a secretive organisation known only as the Institute. Allegedly, it is currently located within the Commonwealth, the name now given in the post-atomic world to what was once the American state of Massachusetts. Little is known about the Institute aside from rumours circulating around the scientists working in the sealed environment. The Institute possesses highly advanced technology and technological skills, resulting in the creation of true artificial intelligence (AI), and are capable of creating androids.

Given that The Replicated Man was one of the best quests in Fallout 3, I'm pretty excited to see more of where that came from.

The trailer also put a lot of focus on the dog. Might it take on some sort of special role? Will you get to play as the dog, maybe? Is the dog the only companion available? Questions!

Aside from this, a lot of the discussion online is focusing on what the graphics in the trailer look like. Prior to the release of the trailer, there was a lot of finger crossing from people who hoped that Fallout 4 would not be a cross-gen game -- the fear being that this could compromise the scope of the game in some way. Right now only modern consoles are confirmed, but there's still some debate as to whether or not Fallout 4 looks good given how far into the new generation we are. Part of this fear about the visuals is spurred by games like Fallout 3 and Skyrim, both of which have not aged very gracefully in the visual department. While I'm inclined to agree that this first trailer doesn't look super hot compared to recently released games, I also recognise that graphics are not really what defines Fallout for me -- my favourite games are the old-school ones, and those look cheesy as hell now. They're still fantastic, if not arguably better than the modern Fallout games. So, I'm not worried at all there. Plus, a lot of this trailer looked like it is in-engine, which is better than being fed something CGI and misleading.

Despite those arguments, it's inarguable this trailer has caused most people to board the Fallout 4 hype train en-masse:

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

[Source: Duraigo]

All The Juicy Details Hidden In The Fallout 4 Trailer

Comments

    I'm buying Fallout 3 as soon as I get home.

    I need to refresh my memory.

    The Fallout 4 hype has kind of rekindled a real enthusiasm for gaming deep in my blackened, cynical soul. I can't wait to be disappointed.

    I'm at work and everyone is wondering why, all of a sudden, I can't wipe the smile off my face...

    Its this next wait that will be the killer

      I'll be OK if it's a 2015 release date. Anything after that and I'll be super cranky.

        Do you think it will be that soon? Unbelievable if so!!

          Multiple places seem to be reporting 2015 (Amazon, GMG, Gamespot, EB Games etc), so it's definitely possible. I guess we won't know for sure until E3.

            But I've seen multiple changes in other game releases in those exact retailers. Such as The Division, JB Hifi said it was October 2015 some time, now it says 2016 after about 2 other changes along with EB. But who knows right?

    Not boarding the hype train. Show me something of real substance, not pretty new graphics, then I'll look into buying a boarding pass.

      A new Fallout game in a new setting. What more do you need?

        That's a new setting? Looks very much like the same settings we've had in previous games. (Even this article points out a lot of familiar places).

          Fallout in Post Apocalyptic China would have made me more excited.

          I guess one nuclear-blasted wasteland is going to look much like another. There's only so much you can do with it.

          But I'd argue the bits set before the war (assuming that's a playable part of the game - perhaps part of the intro, like the growing up inside the vault bit in Fallout 3?) are as close as you can get to a new setting if you're going to keep it in the same universe. About the only other way you could get something really different would be to set it a couple thousand years later when nature and civilization have had a chance to recover - but then it's not really a post apocalyptic game anymore if civilization is back on its feet.

          Ok... a new Fallout game, what more do you need?

          Really though my favourite thing about Fallout is the exploration. So a new game with a new map has me sold.

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      If you are not aware, E3 is just over a week away. I'm sure there will be plenty on show to prove to you this will be game of the MILLENNIUM!

        I am aware E3 is only a week away. (Now THAT is something to be excited about) As for "game of the MILLENNIUM!"... Really? People are already going down that jerkoff road? Give me a fucking break.

    i did notice that the ghouls had alittle bit of dying light in them with their leaping. but i really hope that bethesda has learnt from obsidian when it comes to super mutants.. they not all trying to kill "dem hummies" and i hope that deathclaws are like their NV version and not the wimpy fallout 3 version

    Dogmeat was modeled after a Blue Heeler, this Alsatian is not Dogmeat and looks nothing like him.

      Yeah, well, Max's dog was a Blue Heeler. So it's a bit of a swing and a miss for Pat on that one.

    I never played Fallout 3 or New Vegas. As an old-school Fallout 1 and 2 fan, those games just didn't really do it for me so I decided to give them a miss. However, it's been a while now so I think it's time to embrace the change and give Fallout 4 a go when it's released. It looks good so far (not saying much I suppose).

      How can you be so sure the new ones don't do it for you without even playing them? New Vegas felt incredibly like the originals to me, so I suggest giving that a go.

    Aw man... so much excitment now!!! Think its time to play through Vegas properly, I never gave it the same attention that I did Fallout 3, and now I have a fallout itch that really needs scratchin', so might give it another go :)

    One thing i noticedd is the couple with the baby that are shown when the bomb explodes looks a hell of a lot like the same couple that was standing over the crib earlier in the trailer

      I was wondering if the baby was 'you', the player. I can see the heart wrenching moment as the wave from the blast comes your Mum hurls your infant body through the closing vault door.......

      What are the chances that the baby is the player?

        to take it a step further - In Fallout 3 you played as a child as the introduction to the game, in Fallout 4 will we play as the mother/father during the lead up to the war and have to get your infant (the player) into a vault? To me that's a pretty powerful opening.

          That was my thought too. Man, I'll pee my pants if that's the case. It would be so amazing!

            http://cdn.meme.am/instances/59564677.jpg

            I also see that as an infant - your parents (or as you play as the parents) choose your stats, like some sort of genetic manipualtion test they could have been doing in Boston?

          That is a bloody brilliant idea. You should send an email to Bethesda (no joke). As a parent myself, this would definitely suck me right in from the very start, and I'd have to play by myself as I'd be embarrassed about sobbing.

      Calling it now, you play as an android recreation of that baby.

    That creature you don't know is a Wanamingo from Fallout 2.

      Its possibly a Wanamingo - Although they dont have claws just powerful tentacles.

    I wish they'd shown a female player character in the trailer, instead of the as always male-as-default. If only for the rafts of butthurt it would have set off, what fun!

    But seriously, I am kiiiiind of bored with the constant trailers of games with customisable player characters where you can choose the gender always being dudes. Thank god this one was mostly dog (even though I had a cry because my family's dog was put to sleep yesterday, GREAT TIMING BETHESDA, DAMMIT).

      well according to leak/rumor that bethseda denied last year there might not be the option to play as a female character.
      https://np.reddit.com/r/Fallout/comments/28v2dn/i_played_fallout_4/ is the link and we cant take it just rumors but from the trailer (despite it only being the first) it seems to be rather accurate

        Yeah, I saw that, but looking at this article http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-06-02-fallout-4-is-real-and-its-being-revealed-tomorrow it suggests the leak docs Kotaku got a while back suggested there would be both.

        I'll be pretty annoyed if it's male only though (er, that is to say it wouldn't stop me buying it, because Fallout). That's regressive as hell.

    Abit late Bethesda Dogs where so 2013 E3, Call of modern battlefield ghost already pushed the bounds of dog technology

    Im excited by the fact that finally the character has a voice and that we now get to explore the commonwealthand find out why boston doesnt actually look to destroyed compared to the capital wasteland and new vegas especially if, like some people mentioned above that it takes place fairly soon (in fallout terms anyway) after the bombs fell

    Who needs HL3 when we have confirmation of this!

    Dogmeat was from A Boy and His Dog, not Mad Max!

    Looks exactly the same as Fallout 3. Nice try Bethesda

    the mutant flea/crab thing is surely a mirelurk, no?

    Isn't the flea/crab thing a Mirelurk with its lower half obscured by the sand dune?

      It's actually the Flood!
      P.s - you're right though :)

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