During Bethesda’s E3 conference, Todd Howard announced that Fallout 4 would be coming to HTC Vive in 2017. Why is this surprising? Because its the entire game. No snippets. No demos. The full game!
However, Bethesda didn’t make any mention of an Oculus Rift version during the announcement, likely owing to the recent surge of tension between the game publisher and the VR tech company.
Bethesda is owned by ZeniMax, and last year Oculus Rift was sued for “illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology, and infringing ZeniMax copyrights and trademarks.” The main accusation which fuels the debate to this day is that the co-creator of Doom leaked important information and technology to Oculus before inevitably joining the company in 2014.
The case is still ongoing, but in order to clear things up, Fallout 4 will be released for both the HTC Vive AND Oculus Rift. The announcement so far has turned a few heads and raised a few eyebrows, since this could perhaps be the first interesting release for VR which might prompt or persuade people to consider purchasing a headset.
What about you fellow readers? Do you think Fallout 4 might be a worthwhile reason to get in on VR? Share your thoughts in the comments below.