Watch composer Inon Zur play the Fallout 4 theme on piano


Inon Zur, composer of all of the Fallout games since Fallout Tactics, has worked his magic for Fallout 4, and Bethesda has a released a video showing him playing the game's main theme on piano.

In a post on, the company said Zur suggested piano play a prominent role in the post-apocalyptic role-playing game because Fallout 4 offers a more personal story than previous games in the series. Fallout 4 features voice acting for the player character - a first for the series - and many more lines of dialogue than other Fallout games.

Inon Zur has composed all of the Fallout games since Fallout Tactics.

Present and correct within the Fallout 4 main theme is the two chord refrain Zur drummed up for Fallout 3. Here's an interesting tidbit: it was designed to reflect "the dualism in Fallout".

"...the despair of war," Zur said, "but also the hope for the future. In Fallout we're always torn between the despair and the darkness and all the dangers that are lurking in the world, and the hope to build a better world."

What we hear is a minor chord leading to a major chord. "These two chords combined - always the minor and the major together - give us this bittersweet Fallout feel," Zur said.

"It's the signature of Fallout. You start from the bleak and you go to the hope. Very simplistic but works like a charm every time."

For comparison, here's the Fallout 4 theme as it sounds on the game's trailer.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (12)

About the author

Wesley Yin-Poole

Wesley Yin-Poole

Deputy Editor

Wesley is Eurogamer's deputy editor. He likes news, interviews, and more news. He also likes Street Fighter more than anyone can get him to shut up about it.


You may also enjoy...

The best jobs for each character in Final Fantasy 12

With The Zodiac Age releasing on Switch and Xbox One today.

Persona 5 test answers - How to ace school exam and class quiz questions

Become top of the class with our complete list of quiz answers.

Undertale walkthrough, Pacifist guide and tips for Switch, PS4, Vita and PC

How to spare everyone in the acclaimed role-playing adventure.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Lucky Emblem locations

Where to find all 90 Lucky Emblems in Kingdom Hearts 3.

Comments (12)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments