Fallout 4 and The Dangers of Hype

Why Bethesda is right in waiting to properly talk about Fallout 4.

Posted By | On 22nd, Jun. 2014 Under News

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Several games have released this year and seemingly failed to live up to the hype. We won’t name names (*cough*Watch Dogs*cough*) but it is staggering just how many AAA titles have come up short in meeting expectations. The same logic can be extended to Bethesda Softworks’ Fallout 4.

Fallout 4 has been analyzed and hyped up for years now. This hype has reached dangerous levels in the past year ever since rumours stated that it was shown behind closed doors at E3 2013. To top it off, casting call documents had leaked earlier this year confirming the game’s existence and setting. It’s to Bethesda’s credit that it has revealed nothing about the game, much less talked about or confirmed its existence. The way things are now, the hype would simply eat the game alive.

So rather than pestering Bethesda to reveal or confirm the game already, why not just wait to be surprised? And no, not with a behind-the-scenes developer diary (*cough*EA*cough*). What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

This article is part of our weekly series on Bethesda’s next big entry into the world of Fallout. Through this series we take a look at the possible new features that Bethesda can add into Fallout 4, based on what they implemented in the previous entries and player feedback.

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  • d0x360

    I’ll never understand people who get hyped up for a game that hasn’t even been announced. It’s one thing to want a game but to get into a frenzy over it…no thanks.

    I’d rather keep the hype low so I’m not disappointed when the game isn’t unveiled and when its launch its not the next coming of gaming.

    • Frank Acree

      Hmmm, not announced yet. This is a very true statement you have made. There is only one problem with that. It isn’t the way the real world works. When Bethesda bought the Fallout franchise in April of 2007. And in October of 2008 there were ads in Washington DC for Fallout 3. So it was in a sense officially announced.

      So we are to take it that we could only “hype” Fallout 3 from October 2008 forward to its release date? So do you do that just with video games or does it apply with music, movies, books, or tv shows? Or do you just maybe hype them a bit, even if it is just in your own head? I am not trying to bust for your take on this. You want to live in the moment. Cool. Do it.

      But most of us employ an evolutionary trait referred to as anticipation. It allows us to imagine the occurrence of a future event even if we see no real signs of it. Kept cavemen from getting eaten by saber tooth tigers and lets gamers anticipate the release of a game title even before the game producer announces that release.

    • d0x360

      There is no confirmation that they are actually working on fallout 4. Are they? Probably.

      However we are already seeing articles asking if the game can live up to the hype…that’s insane.

      There is nothing to base this hype on aside from a name as a previous game years old now.

      I choose not to get over hyped about any entertainment product. You get so hyped a thing can never live up to the expectations people give it. They start expecting to see things that were never there and then get pissed when release day comes and feature z is missing.

      No thanks. I’ll wait patiently until Bethesda releases some info then I’ll take interest in the game. I’ll ignore most coverage until we near its releases because a lot of early coverage is either wrong or overhypes the game even further. Then right before release I’ll dig into the info and get excited to play the game.

      At that point I haven’t hyped myself into a frenzy, I’m not expecting things that might not be there and I can sit down and enjoy the game for what it is. I bring now preconceived notions or bias into it. It’s pure..
      Yea I want the game. Yea it enters my mind. Yea it would be great to play. But until that day comes I’ll focus on what’s out right now to play and enjoy that. The next big thing isn’t here until its here.

  • Mr_Blonde57

    I mean its fallout. People loved the 3rd one and NV. The only thing they have to do is change the setting, update the graphics and throw some more quest our way. Not saying that can’t be a daunting task but they know the formula that works. Im sure it’ll be a top contender for GOTY. People are just upset it’s taking so long. TESO didn’t help anything either. It won’t do very on consoles and will probably be near death in a year if it’s not f2p. We would of been satisfied if they just released another elder scrolls single player and made a co op option. They read the market wrong this last year but then again so did a lot of people in the game industry(microsoft)

  • Fallout 3 and NV brilliantly played the post-apocalyptic zeitgeist. The question will be: can they figure out what has mutated (pun intende) in the wars, recurrent waves of political and social chaos, and the resurgence of apocalyptic thinking over the past few years? The beauty of those games wasn’t so much the gaming as the underlying moral, ethical, and social issues, and the mordant satire, that imbued ’em.

  • Dusky Woman

    We just get worried that there won’t be one.


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