Inquisitive Fallout 4 players have found that changing the system clock on your console or PC to a holiday will make some subtle changes to the game world.
The post-apocalyptic world of Fallout 4 can be a bleak, desolate place — but even Vault dwellers and Super Mutants need to blow off some steam during the holidays. Now, players searching for easter eggs have found some time-sensitive content hidden away in the game.
Changing the date settings of the system Fallout 4 is being played on will result in some changes to one of the game’s most prominent settings, Diamond City. However improbable it may seem, the residents of the former Fenway Park take the time and effort to decorate for the holiday season.
The shanty stadium will be adorned with Christmas trees and coloured lights on December 25, rather changing the tone around town. Considering that these decorations are only present for one day, it seems like a great deal of effort on the part of its residents for very little reward.
Christmas isn’t the only holiday that’s reflected in the game world, as it’s been noted that the security forces circling Diamond City will make references to Halloween when the system clock is set to October 31. Other holiday-themed easter eggs may well be hiding away in the game’s code until someone tries more dates.
It’s noted by VG247 that the Halloween items you can find dotted around the game world are not linked to these date-specific easter eggs. The game’s prologue simply takes place around that time of year, so they are remnants of the old world — even if that’s a little difficult to believe given the cryogenic time skip that takes place in Fallout 4.
It remains to be seen what else players will find as they continue to explore the wasteland. Bethesda games are known for having interesting scenarios tucked away throughout their game worlds, and it seems clear that Fallout 4 will be no exception to this practice.
With the discovery of a bar modelled on the setting of popular 1980s sitcom Cheers being found last week, there’s really no limit on the sort of easter eggs that might be hidden in the game. Since the game has only been available for a matter of days, there’s likely lots more to be discovered.
While the main storyline of Fallout 4 might be a priority for some players, others will get just as much enjoyment out of exploring Boston at their own pace. Thankfully, it seems like there’s plenty of content out there for fans to discover.
Fallout 4 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.