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See how Fallout 4 will transform Boston's landmarks

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Rumors have been swirling for months now that Fallout 4 was on the way, and this morning Bethesda confirmed it with a trailer. Rather than tell the world where it would be set, they decided to show us with a flurry of iconic Boston landmarks placed into the wasteland.

The first hint of the setting comes about midway through the trailer, where we see the USS Constitution — complete with a few aftermarket components courtesy of NASA — stranded on top of some buildings.

The model looks like a great interpretation of the venerable Old Ironsides. But with all the aircraft in the trailer, will we get to fly it one day?

Next up is the famous statue of Paul Revere, sailing through town to warn that the British are coming.

Behind him you can see the Old North Church, with what looks to be some crisp red white and blue bunting and a "Now Leasing" sign in the background.

One image that cropped up multiple times in the trailer was a market square, reminiscent of Megaton from Fallout 3. Looking at the scene a little bit closer, it sure looks a lot like Boston's Fenway Park doesn't it? Take special note of the lights in the upper right.

Another image clearly shows the Massachusetts State House. It's a wonder all these old buildings survived a nuclear apocalypse and the chaos that followed.

Finally, there's the Bunker Hill monument, a callback to the famous Washington Monument setting from Fallout 3.

The Fallout series has always had a clear sense of place, and uses that to draw upon themes and storylines. It will be interesting to see how the cradle of our democracy, and the birthplace of the American revolution, is portrayed in Fallout 4.

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