A new video details some of the most interesting content that was cut from Bethesda’s Fallout 4 before release, including an underwater quest, a harpoon gun, and more.
As many may recall, Fallout 4 had quite the lengthy development cycle. The game reportedly began serious development as soon as Bethesda wrapped up The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, and was in the conceptual phase a few years prior to that as well. Considering how long the game was in development, it comes as little surprise to discover that there was plenty left on the cutting room floor before Fallout 4 finally launched.
The fine folks at Kotaku have put together a video detailing the best bits that were ultimately cut from Fallout 4. For example, players were originally going to be able to complete an underwater quest called “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” but the idea was scrapped at some point during development. Remnants of the quest have been found by those exploring Fallout 4‘s ocean floor, and the fact that modders discovered a harpoon gun in Fallout 4 suggest that this quest was somewhat close to being finished.
Another fairly significant cut from Fallout 4 involves the Combat Zone area, where players discover the companion Cait. If one of the earlier Fallout 4 trailers and some mined audio files are to be believed, the Combat Zone originally had a much larger role in the game, somewhat similar to the Arena from the Elder Scrolls series. See the evidence for the more important Combat Zone and other cut content from Fallout 4 in the video below:
As those that watch the video will discover, it also details some of the smaller changes that Bethesda made to Fallout 4 before launching the game this past November. One of the more interesting changes is that the character Mama Murphy originally had a wheelchair that doubled as a Mr. Handy robot, which was discovered by examining Fallout 4‘s concept art. This is definitely more visually interesting than the final Mama Murphy design, and it’s a shame that it didn’t make the cut.
In any case, it’s a bummer that some of this content wasn’t included in Fallout 4. The underwater quest sounds interesting, and the harpoon gun would have been one of the more unique weapons in the game. Why this potentially high quality content was cut is anyone’s guess, however. Perhaps refining it would have meant prolonging Fallout 4‘s already lengthy development cycle, or maybe Bethesda is retooling the content for release in one of Fallout 4‘s expansion packs.
What do you think of the content that was cut from Fallout 4? Would you have liked to see some of it make it into the final game? Which piece of cut content catches your attention the most? Leave us a comment and give us your thoughts about Fallout 4‘s missing content.
Fallout 4 is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.