That’s right, Fallout 4 will be coming for Christmas this year.
Bethesda started work on Fallout 4 in 2009, just after Fallout 3 was released, and you can tell it’s been a labour of love.
Fallout 4 starts on a perfect Saturday morning in Downton Boston, with you creating your character, as with every other Bethesda game. What’s different though is the mechanic behind it. No more sliders, but a much more dynamic system. You can fully customise the look of both a Mum and Dad, which then determines the look of your main character.
Once you’re happy with everything, that’s when it all goes wrong. Not long after a Vault Tec representative visits your home, the announcement is made that a nuclear attack is imminent, so off to the vault you run.
200 years later, you emerge from vault 111, to complete dystopia, not a soul to be seen. From here you are encouraged to do what you want. Go explore, go kill, whatever you want.
That seems to be the main focus from Bethesda for Fallout 4, it’s your adventure. They didn’t give any details about the main story line this morning, which works for me, but they certainly gave lots of information about what else you’ll find yourself doing. I’ll start with the first thing we all know about, the dog.
Now, this isn’t Dogmeat, but a brand new canine to get attached to. She (or he, not entirely sure) can be directed to help you pick up items and attack enemies in a completely contextual fashion. All you need to do to command her is point at something in the environment.
Secondly, if you love your weapons (who doesn’t), you’re going to love the 50 base weapons, which can have up to 700 modifications, to create your perfect weapon. With the new scavenging and crafting systems in place, you can fully customise your arsenal to suit your style.
However, with these awesome new weapons you’ll be creating, you’ll also get to build your own customised armour, using the same scavenging mechanic as the weapons.
Speaking of crafting, you will be able to create your own safe haven in Boston, building a shelter, planting food, and installing power generators. The more you build, the better your surroundings, and other survivors will start to make your base their own. To ensure the safety of your site, you can install turrets, and other security measures, to keep those raiders at bay.
Overall, Fallout 4 is looking to be the definitive edition of Fallout yet. It will be hitting shelves on November 10, 2015.
For all you collectors out there, including me, they will also be releasing a special Pip-boy edition, which comes with one to call your own. You will be able to slide in your mobile phone and use the new second-screen app, which will release on iOS and Android at the same time.
Speaking of apps, Bethesda also announced the release of Fallout Shelter, where you take control of your own vault, building different rooms for your dwellers to use and level up their own, individual stats. Think SimCity, but Fallout… Dwellers can then be sent out to the wasteland to gather resources, such as food, water, and power, to enhance the vault further.
Fallout Shelter is out now for free on iOS.