Yes, many of you were sad that the survivor2299.com teaser site turned out to be a pile of yak crap rather than a legitimate ARG for a new Fallout game, but fret not, nuclear apocalypse fans, for Kotaku has obtained leaked casting documentation that confirms Fallout 4 is in the works. This is the part where you all act surprised and excited even though you knew deep down that the likelihood of Bethesda not making another money-printing, open-world Fallout game was incredibly remote.
The casting documents are for a project codenamed “Institute”. While there isn’t actually any mention of Fallout in the documents, there are numerous references to the Fallout world. What’s more, the casting director is the same person responsible for casting The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and the more recent Dishonored.
According to the leaked documents, the next Fallout game sounds like it’ll be set in Massachusetts, with Boston being one of the main areas. It’s unknown whether or not Boston will be the only area in the game, but judging by Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas (which featured Washington DC and Las Vegas respectively) there could be surrounding wasteland areas to explore as well.
Interestingly, the “Institute”, as referenced in the casting documentation, is the Fallout universe’s version of MIT. An excerpt of script details a mission set inside the Institute, with the player character needing to find a fusion core to help a group of trapped “Commonwealth” soldiers. The Commonwealth is another Fallout reference.
Casting for various characters also smack of Fallout bits and pieces: a radio DJ called Travis Miles is mentioned, as is an engineer called Sturges, who is described as “a cross between Buddy Holly and Vin Diesel”. As for the Player character (as it is referenced in the documentation), a casting call for both male and female versions is also mentioned.
Bethesda did not provide Kotaku with any comment prior to the gaming website’s article being published. It’s also worth noting that this content might have been created specifically for casting purposes, and that the script pages you see above might not actually make it into the final game.