Fallout 4: Leaked Documents Suggest Boston Setting, ‘Institute’ Referenced

December 16, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

While the Fallout 4 “teaser” site turned out to be a hoax, a report citing leaked documents says that the upcoming game will be set in Massachusetts.

Kotaku.com last week said it obtained legit-looking documents from a reader about the game’s casting calls for voice actors.

The project is codenamed the “Institute”–likely in reference to the secretive and mysterious entity mentioned in Fallout 3–and includes scripts as well as descriptions of a few characters.

The “war. War never changes” line will be present, as in the previous three games, but it won’t be read by actor Ron Perlman. The main character will say it instead.

“The casting documents, which I’ve been able to confirm are real, include scripts, character descriptions, and other details about the next Fallout, and although the word Fallout does not appear in these scripts, there are several references to Fallout’s setting and locations,” writes Kotaku’s Jason Schreier.

The new characters include a radio DJ named Travis Miles, of whom there is not much information, and Sturges–described as a cross between singer Buddy Holly and actor Vin Diesel.

It’s been assumed that Bethesda, the maker of Fallout 3, has been working on another Fallout game after putting out The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in 2011. There’s been rumors about a Boston Fallout game, but the company hasn’t said anything.

“Other documents describe a mission set in the Institute—Fallout’s post-apocalyptic version of MIT—and references to other Fallout locations that have been mentioned but never shown in other games, like the Commonwealth, which comprises what’s left of Massachusetts,” writes Kotaku.

The Institute, according to the Fallout Wiki, is the remnants of MIT. Not much is known about the organization other than it has high technology.

There isn’t much information provided in the documents, but they at least suggest that Bethesda is working on the game.

According to Eurogamer, the website reached out to Bethesda about the documents but a representative said that “we don’t comment on rumour and speculation.”

The website also said that there were reports last year saying people with Bethesda were scouting out locations in Boston.

In November, a website titled Survivor 2299 popped up got many Fallout fans believing it was a teaser for a new game. However, it turned out to be an elaborate hoax created by one person.