Bethesda had announced Fallout 4 a few days prior to E3 for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC, though a release date was unknown. At its E3 press conference today, Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard took to the stage and shocked everyone by announcing that the game will be available on November 10 this year. According to Howard, the publisher/developer has a responsibility towards fans of the series and is committed to doing full justice to the 4th iteration.
A video of the lengthy gameplay walkthrough from Bethesda’s E3 press conference can be seen below.
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During the presentation, Howard discussed that Fallout 4 runs on an upgraded version of the Creation Engine, which originally powered The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It support Physically-based Rendering (PBR) along with a dynamic volumetric lighting system to produce realistic and believable lighting.
In an interview after the presentation, Howard also discussed that the current generation of consoles have provided Bethesda the opportunity to implement several dynamic elements in Fallout 4.
Well clearly you have the next gen consoles. The PC can do a lot more now. For the kind of things we do, it’s the memory actually. Consoles having a lot more memory allows us to do big dynamic things and that’s important to us.
Howard went on to explain why the studio decided to go with a fully voiced protagonist in the series’ 4th outing. He said that having character who speak and engage with NPCs in dialogue has allowed the studio to do storytelling and emotional moments that it could not quite hit before. Howard mentioned that the studio has hired two voice actors who are doing voice overs for the male and female protagonists. They have recorded over a total of 13,000 lines of dialogue, implying that there will be plenty of dialogue options to choose from when engaging NPCs in conversation.
Pip Boy Edition
Bethesda also took the opportunity to announce the Fallout 4: Pip Boy Edition during its E3 press event. This edition features a real-life, wearable Pip Boy that can be equipped with any smartphone. With the help of the smartphone app, the Pip Boy will work as a real-life variant of the in-game contraption. Sounds crazy, eh? Well, in the words of the Bethesda Game Studio director Todd Howard, “It’s the best f*****g stupid gimmick I’ve ever seen.”
Bethesda Game Studios will make the aforementioned Pip Boy App available at the time of the game’s release. Regardless of whether or not you have the Pip Boy Edition, the app will work with all versions of the game over local Wi-Fi.
The official box art for all three versions can be seen below.
In addition to the wearable pip-boy, the Pip Boy Edition comes with a pip-boy pocket guide, a ROBCO Industries stand, a Vault-Tec Perk Poster, the game inside a collectible metal case, all packed into a hard case. This limited edition will be available on November 10 and will sell for $119.99.
A screenshot of all the contents can be seen below.
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