As it stands, Fallout 4 is set to be one of the biggest games of 2015. The hype surrounding the game is unreal, and it's only getting stronger as Fallout 4's Nov. 10 release date approaches.
Granted, it's been eight years since the last true Fallout game, so the hype is definitely warranted ... but that's not always a good thing.
With just a few days left before the game hits store shelves, early copies have started making their way to media outlets around the world. Normally, this wouldn't mean all that much much — advance copies are nothing new to gaming journalism — but with a game as highly-anticipated as Fallout 4, it was only a matter of time before unauthorized footage started making its way online.
As of this writing, most of the leaked footage shows off the game's opening moments. Bethesda teased the idea of the game's introduction taking place before the bombs dropped during its E3 presentation, and the leaked footage gives players a far more detailed look at exactly what that means. There's also quite a bit of footage from inside Vault 111 itself, as well as surrounding settlements and a few Boston neighborhoods.
Environments and enemies also make regular appearances, but there are fewer surprises here: if you've ever played a Fallout game, you'll recognize the bombed-out buildings and irradiated fauna of Fallout 4.
Unsurprisingly, Bethesda has already commented on the matter:
"Head's up that we're not allowing links/images/streams/videos to be shared in the forums prior to the release of the game. Folks that are currently sharing assets either have a copy they shouldn't have or are breaking terms of our NDA with them."
Given the relatively widespread nature of the leaks, there's no telling if Bethesda will be able to contain everything before the game's launch. Even if the publisher does manage to pull some of the leaked footage down, this is the Internet: it doesn't matter whether or not you delete something, because someone will always find a way to un-delete it.
Oh, and due to the fact that we're actually honoring our agreement with Bethesda, you won't find any of the leaked footage or screen shots here.
For those of you who are willing to wait an extra week, Fallout 4 officially launches on Nov. 10.