We've seen the first trailer for Fallout 4 already, and we now know a lot more about it thanks to Bethesda Softworks' E3 showcase presentation tonight. The new game opens on the threshold of the nuclear war that defines the rest of the series, and it's indeed set in Boston as many have speculated. Bethesda says the game runs atop an updated engine, and it looks incredible:
Go watch the the entire showcase video, starting around an hour and five minutes in. You'll thank me later.
Bethesda has plenty more cool stuff in the pipeline beyond Fallout 4 itself. First up is a real-life Pip-Boy, included with the collector's edition of the game, that can hold a smartphone running the companion Pip-Boy app. That app controls anything the in-game Pip-Boy can control, so long as the game and phone are on the same Wi-Fi network.
Even if you don't pony up for the collector's edition, the app will still work without the Pip-Boy accessory. iOS and Android versions will be available for free when the game is released.
Fallout 4 also features a vastly expanded crafting system. Players can scrap various pieces of in-game detritus to make not only new variations on weapons and armor, but also entire settlements—rebuilding the wasteland as they play.
Weapon crafting has also gotten a boost. The game features more than 50 base weapons, and Bethesda promises over 700 tweaks for those stock shooters (and bashers, and ray guns, etc.) Whatever threats lurk in the wasteland, it looks like there'll be at least one way to deal with each of them. Players will also be able to customize the game's iconic power armor.
While true Fallout fans fight unruly wasteland inhabitants with V.A.T.S., certain members of the TR staff (ahem, Scott) will be happy to learn that Bethesda has promised improvements to the game's first-person shooting, as well. For those who don't enjoy pausing the action to surgically target their foe's most vulnerable spot, it appears they'll now be able to run-and-gun to their hearts' content.
And, you know, jetpacks.
Best of all, we don't have long to wait to get our hands on the game. Fallout 4 will arrive on November 10 of this year.