About 10 weeks ago, video game maker Bethesda Softworks announced that it would be releasing a massive new add-on to its hit game “Fallout 4,” and the new downloadable material would be based in a fictional Maine place called Far Harbor.
Bethesda boasted that the new Maine adventure would be the “largest landmass for an add-on that we’ve ever created,” and the announcement set the gaming world abuzz.
(For those readers who are used to getting their video game news through industry websites and niche publications, be forewarned that this post is going to be written in language that’s a little more widely understandable. Yes, I play games like this myself and know what “DLC” is, but I’m trying to find words that don’t leave everybody else wondering what the heck we’re talking about, so be patient with me.)
Today, the company released a trailer to give fans a preview of what to expect when they enter the video game world of “Far Harbor,” and as Mashable reported, what they can expect is “fish monsters and death fog.”
Take a look for yourself:
For review — or for those who aren’t familiar with the games — the “Fallout” series takes place in a post-apocalyptic world two or three centuries from now. Characters fight through grotesque mutant creatures and bands of zealots on their way to solving mysteries and trying to piece their lives back together.
“Fallout 4” sold 12 million copies and made more than $750 million over its first 24 hours on the market when it was released last November, so naturally, Bethesda’s announcement of new add-ons was met with much fanfare.
The “Far Harbor” content will be made available for download starting on May 19 for $24.99.
A little more from Mashable about the gist of the new adventure: “You’re sent there to help a grieving mother track down her lost daughter, but your search is interrupted by dueling factions, slavering mutant beasts and religious fanatics that worship the local ‘holy fog.'”
“Far Harbor,” of course, is one letter away from the name of the real-life place of Bar Harbor, and many people have noticed that a place almost identical to Stewman’s Lobster Pound (click here for images) appears in the Bethesda cover art (which can be seen here).
This isn’t the first time video game makers have taken advantage of Maine’s remote, rural and almost mysterious reputation to build creepy settings for their games. The fictional “Kingsmouth,” also likely based in part on Bar Harbor, appears in the cult favorite online game “The Secret World,” while the long-running “Silent Hill” horror series was also set in the state.