Bethesda Softworks has finally, officially announced Fallout 4, a project they've been working on for a long time. In real Bethesda fashion, they waited until they had a full trailer including in-game footage to show the public before even talking about the project, even though it was common knowledge that Fallout 4 had been in the works for a while. Bethesda also opened up pre-orders on Fallout4.com, for those still buying into the notion that there's any value in pre-ordering that far out, or ever. The trailer's a deliberate callback to the original Fallout intro, including a slow zoom out on an old television and the traditional Ink Spots song. What is presumably the main character is seen wearing a Vault 111 jumpsuit. It looks like Fallout 4 will be set in Boston, which looks even more advanced than the Fallout world did in Fallout 3 -- robots and neon lights are everywhere. It also looks like the game will have a voiced protagonist, which would be a significant break from every other Fallout game so far. It's a shame that Bethesda is taking back the reins of the franchise, after the breath of fresh air that was Fallout: New Vegas and especially Old World Blues. On the in-depth, obsessive side of things, The Vault has broken down the trailer into its base components and then some. Here's a snippet: The game is set in the Commonwealth, around the former city of Boston. The Paul Revere statue from North End is a dead giveaway. Diamond City, which appears to be built around Fenway Park, appears to be a major location and faction in the game. Other locations in the trailer include Bunker Hill, Scollay Square Olympia Theater, the Memory Den club and the Massachussetts State House. propnomicon of the /r/falloutlore subreddit speculates that the neighbourhood seen in the trailer may be located in Brookline, as the houses resemble prefabricated Lustron houses. A separate mention goes to the USS Constitution, which appears to have wound up in a bank after a rocket-boosted voyage. Thanks to Will van Horn for pointing this out! The inclusion of pre-War sequences indicates a playable tutorial sequence set before the Great War. This may also indicate that the game may be set shortly after the war. Head on over to see a gallery of sixty annotated screenshots - and an image indicating that the Kotaku leak several months back wasn't entirely fake.