just to clear up any suggestions people may have, Fallout will never be set outside of the US. It *might* venture into Canada at some point for part of a game, but completely set somewhere else? A main Fallout game? Not happening. Why? 2 reasons. First of all, it's a recognized fact that American gamers don't like playing games set in other countries and would rather the games they play be set in US, or somewhere completely fictional (I'm pretty sure I remember Edwin bringing this point up once somewhere, may have been Jonty) either way, developers tend to take this into consideration when making their games. This also ties nicely into the 2nd reason. Fallout is steeped in American history and lore, the entire setting and feel is based around a B-movie esque view of the future from 1950's small town America, that's what gives it a lot of its charm, to move it to Russia or England or somesuch, no matter how cool the settings, is to lose that Small town America B-movie soul. I could perhaps see another spin-off game being set somewhere else, just to see how they are faring in this post Apocalyptic world, but it's not likely. A game the size of Fallout, that has hundreds of hours worth of gameplay, all played in another country with Russian or English accents etc, I'm not sure how much people could take of it. I'd love to see the game set in London for example, but with every 3rd NPC then having a terrible cockney accent it would feel more than a little ridiculous. Fact is, these games need to be set in America.
OK, as for the Boston setting, I've heard about this a couple of months back, there was a suggestion on Reddit that Bethesda were scouting locations, and now we have this latest suggestion. Now then, I'm not against the idea of Boston, indeed, I think it is a very strong likelihood, it has a great number of positives, not least of all that it is a much greener area, very different from the massive desert and highly urban areas we've had so far. But, I find myself sceptical of these comments from redditors, I mean, for one thing, how on earth do they know it's Bethesda? Are they driving around in a massive truck with BETHESDA RULZ YO ASS printed on the side or something? Are they only talking in Dova and it just some happens that the redditors in question are nerdy enough to have memorized the entire dragon language? Are they just walking around with massive I WORK FOR BETHESDA SOFTWORKS badges on them? Boston has, I don't know, a million or more tourists every year, so how on earth could they know that one particular set of people taking photos are from Bethesda? If this was Bethesda, they'd either be keeping it quiet, so they wouldn't know, or it would be common knowledge and they'd be open about it. Also, only just scouting for locations now? I find that HUGELY doubtful. I know skyrim has just finished, but entire dev teams don't just sit and work together from start to finish, some people finish their jobs long before A game is released and move on to something else, and considering Skyrim doesn't exactly have to follow any realistic landscape, I'm pretty sure people would have been free for a few years now to scout out potential locations for the next FO game.
As I said, sceptical.
“It's a movie. If you are going to believe and be affected by an action film, you shouldn't go to see Pocahontas because you are going to think you are a Disney princess” Chloe Grace Moretz, what a legend.