Beantown has a starring role in “Fallout 4,” the next installment of the popular post-apocalyptic game series. The news won’t come as a surprise for video game newshounds, as the Boston setting was revealed in documents leaked to the site IGN in 2013. Still, it’s big news for Bethesda Softworks, the developer of “Fallout 3,” which reportedly sold at least 4.7 million copies in its first few months on the market in 2008.
Eagle-eyed viewers can spot several local landmarks in a trailer that racked up hundreds of thousands of views in barely four hours on Wednesday. Despite the hazy skies and devastated landscape, several places stand out.
First, there’s Fenway Park, springing up in the background of this shot. We don’t yet know what became of the Red Sox.
Then there’s the USS Constitution, which apparently survives for another couple of centuries and gets rocket engines added at some point. (Perhaps during the next dry docking.)
The shiny dome of the State House also looms large in one shot, along with an unfamiliar skyscraper whose height would make contemporary city planners cringe.
Some settings look decidedly unfamiliar. The giant hills that appear in the background of some shots look more massive than even the never-melting piles on our snow farms, and the ballplayer statue at 1:50 strikes a different pose than the ones we know around Fenway Park.
Then again, a nuclear detonation can do more to change a landscape than urban renewal ever did.
More details on the game are expected June 14, when Bethesda Softworks will present at the E3 expo, according to the game’s website. Plot details are not yet available.
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