As someone who wasn’t a fan of Fallout 3’s grey, ruinous kind of tone, I’m delighted to learn that Fallout 4 is going to be much more vibrant and hopeful, according to Pete Hines, Bethesda’s VP of PR and Marketing. Speaking to OXM, Hines cited the change in Fallout’s society.

“There’s this notion: ‘this is our home’. This is where we live. It doesn’t matter what it used to be like before. We’re not going to rebuild the world like it used to be. This is just what life is like now. I’m not ever going back to the Saturday morning with the nicely mowed lawn and the white picket fence. That world is gone, this is what life is like now.’

And so there is a bit of a vibe that you get from the game, more a sense of normalcy. This is now what normal looks like. This is now what life looks like. Whereas in Fallout 3 you had a little bit of the bleak and the feeling of hopelessness, and the main quest had to do with trying to restore some hope to it. This game has gone past that, and it’s levelled out.”

In other words, whilst Fallout 3 very much focused on the misery of surviving in a post-apocalyptic world and desperately trying to get back to what Earth was like before, Fallout 4 instead accepts that things won’t ever be the same, and so its citizens and life in general are slightly more upbeat and focused on just getting on with their lives rather than praying for a saviour. This is no small part due to the apocalypse being founded on the scientific optimism of the 1950s as well as the rise in technology.

In short, Fallout 4 won’t feel as hopeless tonally as Fallout 3 did all too often.

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  • Eli

    Wow, thanks for sharing this. I’ve recently read about Fallout 4 on https://inb4sales.com/deals/fallout-4-is-being-released-on-10th-november-2015 . They say it’s coming out on 10th November. Fallout 3 wasn’t that focused on surviving, rather find daddy before my diaper needs changing.
    BTW, I’ve got a nice discount on preordering Fallout 4 from there. Give it a try.

  • Sarah Bonner

    It always bothered me how, after 200 years, people still hadn’t cleaned the buildings and spaces they were living in our made the most basic repairs. I know it was a limitation of not having enough assets to build the world with, but still. How hard is it to pick up the floor so you don’t risk tripping on a pile of paper or old bottle, cut your foot, and then die of gangrene?

    • A guy

      There are not many people left on Earth after the Great War. Mostly everybody are scavengers, packs of survivors, or people who want to kill you and take your shit. Also did you see Fallout 4’s Boston? Civilization seems to be almost rebuilding, and the soundtrack is full of hope.

      • Sarah Bonner

        Not having a lot of people just means a lot of abandoned, overgrown places — but there are towns and villages, and structures where people live. I imagine if I survived the apocalypse and found a house to live that hadn’t rotted apart yet, I’d try to repair it so it didn’t fall in on me and radscorpions didn’t just crawl in through the hole in the wall to get me at night. lol

        But yeah, I’m very very excited about the new game!

        • A guy

          But the remaining people don’t have the knowledge to build new tech

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