On November 10 2015, we’ll be climbing out of the dark embrace of Vault 111 into the dazzling Boston wasteland of Fallout 4. Why? Because war never changes.
Bethesda Softworks have gotten E3 2015 week off to a belting start, by offering up the release date (should that read “launch date”?) for upcoming post-apocalyptic-first-person-role-playing-action-strategy-faction-crafting-survival… sorry, got a bit carried away – there’s going to be a lot in Fallout 4 when it’s released on November 10 this year.
This is exciting news indeed, and really throws down the gauntlet to everyone else for the coming week. What do the others have that can really compete with Fallout 4? Expect to see Deus Ex: Mankind Divided from Square Enix (and maybe a release date for the Final Fantasy VII HD Remaster on PS4?) and plenty of Halo 5 shenanigans from Microsoft. EA will be all over Mirrors Edge Catalyst and Star Wars: Battlefront, while we’re really, really hoping for some off-kilter goodness from Sony in the form of Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and No Man’s Sky.
Oh, and Nintendo will do their own thing, regardless of what anybody else is up to. “You’d like a new Zelda announcement, and maybe some info on the Nintendo NX? How about 47 new types of Amiibo you can’t actually buy – oh, and we’re re-making The Wizard IN REAL LIFE! Mwuahahaha…”
Anyway. Back to Fallout 4. Now that the release date has been revealed, and it’s before Christmas no less, you can expect Fallout 4 pre-orders will be rocketing right about now. It would be pretty difficult to sit on it for six weeks from it’s November 10 2015 release date, though. Early present for yourself, perhaps?
But if you really want to treat yourself – and you have the bottle-caps to back it up – there’s going to be a limited edition of Fallout 4 that includes an actual* Pip-Boy. Yes, that’s right, for a mere £100 you can be the owner of a replica RobCo Pip-Boy 3000, but this isn’t just a trinket to sit on your vault’s shelves gathering dust. This Pip-Boy will have an adjustable strap and internal foam cuff to allow it to be worn by its proud owner.
This isn’t just cosplay, though: this is Bethesda Softworks cosplay.
The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy, which has all the usual twirly knobs and glowing lights you’d see on a 3D-printed ghetto homebrew bangle, also actually works* as a Pip-Boy! You’ll be able to use it as a real-life companion to your Fallout 4 experience, just like the second screen on the 3DS. Except cooler. Because it’s on your wrist, and is a freaking Pip-Boy.
Plus you get some other goodies, and it all comes in a collectible Power Armour metal box. Oh. And the game.
It looks like Bethesda have won E3 before it’s even really begun. That is, unless Valve drop the Half-Life 3 atomic warhead in the next four days…
*Please note, this is not an actual, working Pip Boy. But, if you do slide your smartphone into the slot, and install the Fallout 4 companion app, you will be able to use it -like- a real Pip Boy. Which is awesome. No VATS, though.