BAR HARBOR — An island off the coast of Maine called “Far Harbor” is the setting of a new add-on to the popular video game Fallout 4. The game was released in November by Bethesda Softworks for Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The “Far Harbor” expansion is due out next month.
The game is set in the year 2287 in and around Boston after a great war filled the world with dangerous radiation. The game player explores and interacts with the world as Sole Survivor One, who emerges from a cryogenic vault into a dangerous world filled with monsters, robots and the surviving humans divided into warring factions.
The Boston-area geography is included in such detail that the Cambridge, Mass. city council issued a tongue-in-cheek resolution in December acknowledging this city’s role in the game.
“Bethesda Game Studios has contributed greatly to post-apocalyptic city planning efforts for the city of Cambridge and the greater-Boston area,” it read.
Amy Pinkham of Bar Harbor is a big fan of the game.
“You start out back before the war happened,” she explained. “There’s a company selling spaces in their vaults where you can go in case of a nuclear war. When the war happens, they all run up the hill and go in the vault. They’re each frozen in a cryo chamber.”
Two hundred years later when they wake up, the character sees her spouse get shot and baby taken away (players can choose to play as either the husband or the wife). “This mission is to find who took her baby and where he is,” Pinkham said.
“Far Harbor” is an expansion of the game, new downloadable content released by the company with new quests for the player to complete.
Sole Survivor One is helping Nick Valentine, a synth (robot) who runs a detective agency. “He doesn’t like the Institute (the underground group making robots) because he was an earlier model and thrown out as scrap metal,” Pinkham said. “You first meet him in a town called Diamond City,” which is a dilapidated Fenway Park.
“A new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths,” the company’s description of Far Harbor says. “Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost?”
There are no zombies per se in the game world, Pinkham said, but there are humans who got too much radiation (ghouls), some of whom will come after you like zombies (feral ghouls). There are also raiders, “kind of like the Mel Gibson movie,” she said. “They are human, they’re just jerks.”
And there are monsters. Plenty of monsters.