Why Was This Fallout 4 Ending Cut From The Final Game?

If you’ve completed Fallout 4’s story, which you should have by now or else WHY ARE YOU READING THIS? THIS POST CONTAINS MAJOR FALLOUT 4 PLOT SPOILERS. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

As I was saying, if you’ve completed Fallout 4’s story, which you should have by now, you know that it’s a bit of a letdown.

Depending on the faction you chose to side with, your experience with Fallout 4 will be different. In the Brotherhood of Steel line, you find out that Paladin Danse, the nicest, most coolest dude ever is actuallly a synth. And since the Brotherhood of Steel hates synths, Elder Maxson orders you to kill Danse. You are given the choice between executing Danse or exiling him. If you spare Danse’s life, the Brotherhood treats Danse as if he were dead anyway.

After spending an entire game with Danse, you can’t help but feel sorry for the guy/synth as the game comes to a head. He poured his heart and soul, no matter how synthetic they may actually be, into the Brotherhood and they turn their backs on him in a heartbeat. He doesn’t deserve this fate and it feels partially unresolved.

Players are diving into Fallout 4’s files and have found why this ending feels somewhat incomplete. It’s because it originally wasn’t supposed to end this way.

Audio files discovered by Tumblr user tentacle-explosion show that, at one point during Fallout 4’s development, Bethesda was toying with a different ending for both the Brotherhood of Steel and Paladin Danse. Over at Tumblr, you can listen to the relevant audio files—you’ll note that they sound exactly like Paladin Danse…except it’s all dialogue that you never encounter in the actual game.

The leftover audio files suggest that a scrapped ending for the Brotherhood of Steel would have let you fight back against Maxson in some way. Paladin Danse suggests that you confront Elder Maxson and, ultimately, the player would be able to kill Maxson, eventually usurping his place as the leader of the Brotherhood. In this ending, Paladin Danse wouldn’t have to leave the Brotherhood. Instead, he seems to convince the group that he’d be willing to kill his own kind if it meant furthering the goals of the Brotherhood. Now that’s pretty cool.

By the time you read this, there’s a chance the audio will be removed from Tumblr, so here’s a transcript, helpfully provided by tentacle-explosion:

“If you’re referring to Maxson, you’re right. He’s still going to be a problem. But I might have a way out.”

“I hope that’s enough to convince you to take your place as Elder of the Brotherhood.”

“The Litany is clear. We have a new Elder.”

“I want to make one thing clear to everyone. This body might be synth, but my heart and mind belong to the Brotherhood. The Institute is still a tremendous threat to the Commonwealth. They possess technologies that need to be confiscated or destroyed. And even if that means I have to pull the trigger on my own kind, I’m willing to make that sacrifice.”

“Just prepare yourself. I don’t know what Maxson* will have in store when we arrive.”

“When Haylen warned me about Quinlan’s discovery, she begged me to confront Maxson. She told me that there were Brotherhood soldiers that still believed in me, that would stand behind me if I challenged his authority. At the time, I told her that it wouldn’t be right to cause a rift in our ranks. We’re on the brink of war with the Institute, and weakening our unity felt like I’d be… Backstabbing my own troops. But knowing that you’re still with me… Maybe that will be enough to convince Maxson that he’s making a mistake. I’ll come back to the Prydwen with you, and we’ll confront Maxson together.”

“As a Brotherhood of Steel Paladin, I’m issuing a formal challenge against your authority as Elder. We’ll settle this matter as it was written in the Litany: In combat. Then you leave me no choice.” (This one seems like it was meant to be split and mixed with Maxson’s responses.)

“Right now, I’m not sure we can even get near Maxson before the Brotherhood would cut us down. But we have to try. I’ve known Maxson for a long time, and under all that protocol is a decent man.”

“Be ready for anything. Maxson’s going to be furious when he sees me.”

Tentacle-explosion on Tumblr has said that they have not heard the entirety of Paladin Danse’s audio files, so there might be even more hiding within the game’s code that could shed some light on this cut Fallout 4 ending. Of course, there’s always the possibility that Bethesda is saving the return of Paladin Danse for an upcoming DLC. Not likely but it is possible.

For a game that prides itself on choices, it’s rather disappointing that they decided to scrap one of the most interesting choices we’d make in the entire game. We would have liked the option to confront Elder Maxson, at least.

But then again, why would you ever side with the Brotherhood?

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