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Enter Nick, who runs another blog from the East cost of the good ole USA. We thought cross posting each others material would benefit us both by increasing content and reducing some of the 'invented' stress we create for ourselves. So welcome to the fam. I'd call you a sister blog but you might get insulted.
One of my favorite articles of his was this post from over a year ago. He predicted some spot on shit here. I've added the follow-through of his predictions below each image. There's a hyperlink attached to his name below to his Blog. Enjoy.
Starting way back since 2012, there have been numerous rumors, as well as some clever internet memes, surrounding the next Fallout, Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic RPG. A midst all of the rumors, one common word seems to keep popping up; Boston. It’s been pretty safe to say that the next Fallout game will be taking place in Boston, however it still hasn’t been confirmed.
However, it seems that there might be another piece of evidence that makes Boston seem like a lock. Today, there was a trademark application filed for the brand “Fallout: Shadow of Boston” in Germany. The application marks the trademark as “computer game discs” and “Downloadable Computer Game Programs”, which makes it seem like this might be the new name for the next Fallout. It is seen that Bethesda Softworks LLC of Rockville, MD is the owner of the new trademark.
Up to this point, there has been little to no information about the game. Bethesda has not talked about it, but they have mentioned that there will be one coming in the future. This trademark sighting might just be the final nail in the coffin that will get them to announce the game officially though.
With that being said, let me just assume that Boston will be the next location for the famed Fallout franchise. This is a great pick in my opinion, given the rich history of the city, as well as the surrounding landmarks and locations. There is a lot that Bethesda could work with, and this gets me excited for what is to come. So, what are some places that I would want to see in the next Fallout game, assuming that it takes place in Boston?
1. Fenway Park
Now this is probably one of the more iconic, and by far the oldest, baseball park in the U.S. It is home to the Boston Red Sox, and there is a rich tradition that surrounds the park. There is also the big Green Monster that takes over left field. Now, who wouldn’t want to see this place in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere? Yeah, it might be a little sad and depressing, but I am sure that I would get over it. I could picture the park as a stronghold taken over by an enemy faction. It would probably stand as a good “home-base” for any faction in particular.
2. Back Bay, Boston
This is the site of the affluent. This area is a neighborhood of Boston and it is known for it’s Victorian brownstone homes. The area looks really nice at night, especially next to the Charles River. I would love to walk through these streets in the aftermath of a nuclear fallout. Speaking of the Charles River…
3. Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge
Assuming that the Charles River would be in the game, it would be safe to assume the magnificent Memorial Bridge would be crossing it, however, it would be a rundown version of the bridge. I picture an Arefu situation (the small settlement located on a bridge over water) from Fallout 3. There would probably be a small group of individuals taking advantage of the bridge.
4. Old State House
This quaint looking building, now a museum, was the site of the Boston Massacre. The building may not look all that interesting, besides that fact that it is from the Revolutionary Era, but there is a large chunk of history that surrounds the building. It would be a surprise if this building survived a fallout, but perhaps it’s ruins could make it into the game?
One of the most highly recognized colleges in the U.S., known for it’s academic excellence, as well as it’s beauty. Now, picture it in apocalypse mode. Imagine walking through the buildings, peering into the classrooms, walking it’s grounds. There would be a creepiness factor to the area, but it would be cool to walk through.
6. John Hancock Tower
Here we have the tallest building in Boston. It’s a modern marvel of engineering as it shoots up into the skyline of Boston. However, given that it was finished in 1976, it may not appear in a Fallout game, considering that the fallout happened in the 50’s. Still, if the team behind the game decides to take the series into the future a little bit, I would love to see what a hulking tower would look like in a game like this and what purpose it would serve.
7. Logan Airport
Two airports, both Searchlight and Camp McCarran, appeared in Fallout New Vegas and their was only a brief mention of the Washington D.C. airport in Fallout 3, which was near Megaton. So, naturally you would think there would be an airport in the next Fallout. Logan Airport would fit the bill pretty nicely. It’s a pretty spacious airport that could serve as a pretty nice camp. Even if Logan Airport is not featured in the game, you can probably assume that there would be an airport of some kind.
8. MBTA and South Station
Subway stations seem to be a common staple in the Fallout games. In Boston, the MBTA is the transportation authority that connects the city from below. It would once again, act as a fast travel location to get around the world. Boston’s South Station would probably be the hub station that connects them all together. There were also elevated tracks back in the day, so perhaps those could be scattered around the world as well?
9. The Bar from Cheers?
Now this definitely will not appear in the next Fallout game, but it sure would be neat, huh? The famous bar is the location and backdrop for the classic TV show Cheers. There is definitely a lot of history that surrounds the bar, including a lot of famous people who have visited. Maybe the bar won’t be called Cheers, but there could be a unique bar in the game? Probably shouldn’t get my hopes up…
10. The Freedom Trail
Last, but definitely not least is the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile journey through the city that visits some of its most iconic and historic locations that have to do with the Revolutionary War. Now, this is probably not the most exciting thing to have in a game, but it could serve as a cool little side quest for the players. If they “check-in” at all sixteen spots on the trail, they could get an achievement or a trophy, almost like the “City Hot spots” feature in Watch Dogs.
There are probably a ton of locations that will appear in the game that I haven’t even thought of, but I am sure they will all be great to discover. One of my favorite parts about the Fallout games is the atmosphere and a empowering sense of discovery that comes with it.
I look forward to more news about “Fallout: Shadow of Boston” and what the story will be like. I also really hope that the location is Boston, because if that is not the case, then the whole second half of the article is irrelevant. Lets all hope that doesn’t happen.
Nick Demarco Nov.5.2014