E3 2015: Fallout 4 Details and Release Date

After the teaser trailer was released a couple weeks ago, gamers have been chomping at the bits for the Bethesda panel at this year’s E3 conference. After last night’s panel, we were blown away with details about the upcoming game – including a November 10th release date. If you have some time to kill and would like to watch Besethda’s entire E3 spiel (which includes news about Fallout 4, a new DOOM game, and more), click here. Otherwise, let us walk you through the specifics:

Character Creation:

  • After Funko! revealed to be releasing a line of Fallout Funko Pop! toys (out next month!), pictures showed a male and female Lone Wanderer. This got gears working in fans that maybe there would be a choice to choose the gender of your protagonist. This is confirmed.
  • You will be able to choose not only the gender of your hero, but completely customize the way they both looks (features, ethnicity, etc); even the protagonists’ offspring will share its parents’ traits.

Fallout 4 character creation

Story background

  • We already knew Fallout 4 would take place in a time leading up to the Nuclear Winter, but now we know that the Lone Wanderer’s journey starts 200 years after the fallout. That’s, uh… quite a bit of time. Somehow, Vault 111 has preserved the family for two centuries. This should make for some heavily evolved creatures and colonies.
  • The player is no longer stuck in long, stupid conversations. Dynamic conversation means you can walk away, interrupt or shoot the other NPCs in the face.

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Gameplay Performance/Visuals

  • The game will be run on the all-new Creation Engine, their “most dynamic engine ever.” Hopefully that means no more crashes. It features “full physical-based rendering and dynamic volumetric lighting.”
  • Your pet dog companion will now be fully-immersed in your adventure. You can point to various things on the map and have him interact with them, from fetching Nuka Colas out of the fridge (I made that up, but it sounds plausible) to picking out enemies for him to engage.
  • It looks like you can now throw flares to alert a ship that will take you around the city, acting as fast travel (that might special to that mission, but fast travel is almost necessary in these enormously-built worlds.
  • Jetpacks… Yes, heavy duty armor with jetpacks. You can choose from a variety of outfit, meaning you won’t be the dweeb running around in a Vault-Tec jumpsuit.
  • One of the signature weapons will be a Laser Musket. Steampunk fans, eat your hearts out. It cranks, then fires a devastating laser shot.

Fallout: Shelter

  • This touch-screen game has been in the works since Fallout 3 came out. It will be available for iOS and Android. You get to create your own vault, and be the Overseer of that Vault.
  • Your Vault dwellers will go out into the Wasteland, and bring back detailed reports of what they did. The Vault can be attacked by Raiders, or Rad-roaches can infest an area. As Overseer, you have to contain the issues, and train the dwellers to raise certain attributes, just like you would the Lone Wanderer in the console games.
  • The game draws inspirations of games like: XCOM, The SimsProgress Quest. It’s free, with no necessary internet connection, or timed releases (lookin at you, Simpsons Tapped Out). Oh… and it’s available NOW on iOS. Talk about instant gratification.

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The Little Things

  • The Pip-Boy comes with mini-games. The couple I noticed were: Red Menace (kinda like Donkey Kong) and Atomic Command (Missile Command-inspired)
  • V.A.T.S. is back, duh, and it looks better than ever. However, the monsters seem to have special animations to kill you with, too – like the Deathclaws and Bloodbug have in the video below.
  • Gamers will now be able to build their own homestead with scraps they find out on their adventure. After enough upgrades, people will begin settling, offering new trade items and allowing users to build infrastructure. This will make for better defense to keep out Raiders.
  • Building goes a step further when players find blueprints to build certain weapons and add-ons, much like Dead Rising but more detailed. Now, all those miscellaneous items you find throughout your campaign finally will have purpose. Besethda promises over 50 base weapons, and over 700 modifications for those weapons; the same process goes for power armor.
  • Lucky us, console players! Besethda has released that both XBO and PS4 owners will have the ability to “mod” the game, which has been a huge source of enjoyment for both Fallout 3 and GTA V players on the PC.

fallout 4 weapon mod

Release Date Info

  • The game will be released on 11/10/15 for PS4, X-Box One, and PC.
  • The Collector’s Edition, bear with me now, will have… A MOTHER F*CKIN PIP-BOY. That’s right, you can hook your iPhone or Android into this baby, and BAM!, working Pip-Boy. This edition cames out Day 1 and is only $120. It also comes with a steelbook, poster, manual for said Pip-Boy, and I’m sure some kind of bullshit DLC. Chances are that shit is gonna sell out faster than a Deathclaw can rip off your face, so Pre-Order it, like… meowannnnd it’s sold out.
  • Even if you don’t have a Pipy-Boy, Besethda has designed an app to supplement your experience in the game, likely showing you stats and progress on your smartphone. I can’t wait to see how many grown men will be in their basement, playing Fallout 4 with their Pip-Boy models.

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This Weekend in the Nerd Verse… June 13th-14th, 2015

The Game of Thrones season 5 finale aired on Sunday night and left audiences speechless. I won’t reveal anything here, but if you haven’t seen it yet, I will at least say that this episode is a game changer. Now go watch it.

Jurassic World opened over the weekend and was the best movie ever. Don’t believe me? It set the record for the highest global opening ever – the history of movies, making $524.1 million. The previous champion was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with $483.2 million. Source: CNN

It also broke the US box office record for highest grossing opening weekend of all time.  Jurassic World made $208.8 million domestically, beating out the previous record holder, The Avengers, which opened at $207.4 million. Source: Deadline

In other Jurassic World news, we should expect to see some sequels because Chris Pratt has already signed on to do them. Source: EW

Sony Pictures is releasing a third The Smurfs movie, and this one will be all animation and no live-action (sorry NPH) and is called Get Smurphy. Over the weekend the film title and three new cast members were announced, Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf. I can’t wait to not see this movie. Source: ScreenRant

Brad Pitt may have changed the game for modern movie studios when it was announced that he will star in a Netflix exclusive movie called War Machine. Source: Geek Tyrant

A new Doom trailer as well as game play footage premiered at E3 over the weekend. You can expect that game to hit shelves in Spring 2016. Source: ComicBook.com

Another big announcement out of E3 this weekend is that there will be a Dishonored 2. They premiered the trailer and you can expect this game out in Spring 2016 as well. Source: ComicBook.com

As we all know, Fear the Walking Dead is a prequel to The Walking Dead and takes place during the zombie outbreak. However, it was revealed over the weekend that the plan for the series is for it to eventually catch up to TWD’s timeline. And then they can do crossover episodes! Oh god I hope not… Source: EW

And finally, this weekend at the box office Jurassic World dominated, and no other new releases even graced the top five:

1. Jurassic World $208.8 million
2. Spy $16 million
3. San Andreas $11 million
4. Insidious: Chapter 3 $7.3 million
5. Pitch Perfect 2 $6 million