Fallout 4 is an open-world Action RPG and the third Numbered Sequel in the Fallout franchise, following 2008's Fallout 3 and Obsidian Entertainment's 2010 Gaiden Game Fallout: New Vegas. Fallout 3's Bethesda Game Studios returns as the developer.
It's 2077, and Sanctuary Hills, Massachusetts is an okay place to live. You and your spouse have a beautiful baby son, a white picket fence, and even one of those fancy new Mister Handy robots to help out around the house. Times may be a bit tight, what with the food and medicine rationing, and the news says there's a lot of rioting about it in the cities, but surely that won't affect you out here. And sure, international relations between the U.S. and China are less than ideal, but who cares? Alaska's been liberated, American troops are marching towards Beijing, and with your reserved place in the nearby Vault-Tec fallout shelter, you can sleep comfortably knowing your family is prepared for the future.
Too bad nothing lasts forever. After the local newscaster announces that the United States and China have seemingly launched hundreds of nuclear warheads at each other, you and your family rush to Vault 111, praying that you'll make it inside in time. As the elevator to the Vault descends, you catch a glimpse of a nuclear detonation to the south, and hear the shockwave pass over the sealing entrance, eradicating the life you left behind on the surface. However, once you're inside, things start to deviate from what you expected — you're told by the Vault's staff to put on a strange jumpsuit and enter a "decontamination pod" before proceeding. Too shocked to question it, you do as you're told, and suddenly find yourself feeling very cold...
You lose track of time as your mind numbs. Everything goes dark, and you get the strangest sensation, as though years are passing by like seconds. For a moment, you swear things become clear again, your eyes making out the silhouettes of your spouse and your son struggling against someone... followed by a gunshot. Eventually, your pod opens and you awaken, the Vault littered with decaying skeletons and the frozen-solid remains of your neighbors... and your beloved. You check the readings, and every single person's tube except yours failed. You are the Sole Survivor. You clamber your way to the entrance, fighting off strange pests that have infested the metallic halls, and find yourself in the blasted ruin that was once your home.
This is the Commonwealth. The year is 2287. And somewhere out there, there's answers about what happened down below...
The game introduces multiple innovations to the series, including a fully voiced male or female protagonist, customizable weapons and armor, the ability to build entire wasteland communities and defenses out of scrounged parts, improved party member AI, Jet Packs, and more.
On February 16, 2016, the first three pieces of DLC were announced. March saw the release of Automatron, bringing back The Mechanist and allowing you to build your very own custom robot companion. Wasteland Workshop was released in April, adding a wide range of settlement items to craft and allowing you to capture and tame any enemy, from the meekest human to the most ferocious Deathclaw. Far Harbor was released in May, sending you to the eponymous section of the Maine coastline, having taken a job to look for a missing woman and investigating rumors about a hidden colony of Synths.
On June 12, 2016, the second wave of DLC was announced during E3. Contraptions Workshop was released later in June, bringing a mass of new machinery such as armor and weapon forges, ammunition plants, and the ability to make Logic Gates at your settlements. The next piece of content released in July is Vault-Tec Workshop, which allows players to build and manage their own Vault, Vault 88, and conduct experiments on their Vault's residents at the behest of the Overseer. August invites you to Nuka-World, an amusement park themed on the Nuka-Cola brand of soda turned into a lawless city of raiders.
The following mods have their own pages:
- A Cannibal In Concord
- Vault 1080
- Maxwells World
- Tales From The Commonwealth
- Sanctuary Hot Springs
- Vault 83: The Librarian