While the existence of Fallout 4 was nothing to be surprised about, not only because of their announcement last week but because of the assorted leaks over the last year or two, Bethesda still managed to completely blow us away. And instead of fangirling away for hours upon hours (or in this case, paragraph upon paragraph), I’m just going quickly list a couple of key things that Bethesda shared with us tonight.
What we’ve all speculated since the reveal from Bethesda in regards to the game’s intro, has turned out to be true. We start off the game pre-explosion, and get to experience for just a sliver of a moment how jolly everything was in the pre-apocalyptic world. Character creation is also during this intro, and we have the choice to be either male or female, despite previous leaks suggesting a male-only protagonist.
After the explosion goes down and the game begins, you emerge from Vault 111 as the sole survivor. Then it’s free for all, as is tradition in Fallout. From what we’ve seen, the Fallout 4 world (which does include Boston) is incredibly gorgeous and varied. There are beaches, swamps, dead forests, and of course, bustling post-apocalyptic cities.
Wanting to build further on the customisation community that several Bethesda titles have created and thrive amongst, you now have the ability not only to build and customise your own house in Fallout 4, but also an entire settlement. Or two. Or three. Think of it like Sim City x Fallout, from a first person perspective. On top of that, they’ve added over 700 modification options for weapons and armour in the game too.
Bethesda also announced that the collectors edition of Fallout 4 will include a real life Pip Boy! Designed to work with your mobile phone (and accompanying app), it will act as a second screen to your game, and work across all platforms.
In amongst the Fallout 4 hype, Bethesda threw us a new, meaty bone to chew on. Fallout Shelter: a mobile free-to-play simulator game. In Fallout Shelter you play the role of Overseer in your very own Vault. Build rooms, businesses, grow and train people from birth until death, send them into the Wasteland, and more. It really is a pocket-friendly version of Fallout. And the best thing about it? It’s out RIGHT NOW for iOS devices. It’ll also be coming to Android in the near future, so hold tight, assorted dessert-themed people.
For those who missed the conference, here is the announcement video from the Bethesda conference, for Fallout Shelter:
Fallout 4 is due for release on the November 10th of this year, and will be available on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Fallout Shelter is out now via iTunes.
Turns out I did end up fangirling for paragraph after paragraph.