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Fallout 4 begins before the bombs fell

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Bethesda Softworks showcased the beginning of Fallout 4 on stage at its E3 keynote. Strikingly, this game will begin by showing the player the pre-apocalyptic world.

The game will begin in the world that existed before bombs destroyed the world. "A beautiful Saturday morning, with the threat of war looming," said Todd Howard, the game's director.

"We started designing this one, actually, right after Fallout 3 in 2009," Howard said. "For the last four years we have been working very very hard to create something special." Howard showcased a console panel and the level of detail as an example of Bethesda Game Studios' obsession with creating a rich and believable world.

A long demonstration showed off tons of concept art, depicting the dessicated Boston cityscape and its surroundings before moving to the opening sequence of Fallout 4. The events take place 200 years before the player emerges as the sole survivor of Vault 11.

The last numbered edition of the Fallout series was 2008's Fallout 3, set in Washington, DC. It was followed in 2010 by Fallout: New Vegas, which was contracted out to Obsidian Entertainment.

Fallout 4 is being developed by Bethesda Game Studios.

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