Bethesda Game Studios announces that development for Fallout 4, the forthcoming entry in its popular post-apocalyptic RPG franchise, is finally complete.
Bethesda took to its Twitter today to reveal that Fallout 4 has officially “gone gold”. For the uninitiated, when a title reaches such a status, it means that a publisher deems a game’s version to be good enough to ship to stores, and the project’s development is therefore complete.
Not only does today’s tweet from the Maryland-based studio assert that Fallout 4 is well on its way to retailers, but it also provides tangible evidence. An image is attached showing three sets of nine physical copies of the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One iterations, making up the “27 versions” mentioned in the message.
Now that production on Fallout 4‘s base game is complete, it’s safe to presume that Bethesda is currently shifting its priorities toward developing expansion materials for the title’s Season Pass DLC, the first of which will initially launch in early 2016. Not to mention, the company is still planning on releasing the game’s PC mod tools next year as well, with director Todd Howard making such promises earlier in the summer of 2015.
Fallout 4 going gold should certainly send fans’ excitement for the release into a fever pitch, for it only emphasizes the short wait of a little more than two weeks left before being able to finally explore the action-RPG’s Boston Wastelands. However, some console gamers might still retain a bit of skepticism before making a purchase.
As it happens, there are quite a few fans dubious as to whether or not the graphics will hold up on next-gen systems once the title launches. In response, Bethesda’s Vice President of Marketing and PR, Pete Hines, assured folks that Fallout 4 will run at a “solid 30 FPS” for PS4 and Xbox One, which may be less than ideal for those wanting a frame rate of 60 FPS, but considering the sheer size of the game — for starters, it has double the assets of Skyrim — it should look just fine.
Bethesda remains committed to shoveling as much coal as possible into the engine of Fallout 4‘s hype train, as the studio has been promoting the game practically non-stop since its announcement. For instance, the company debuted a beautiful live action trailer last week, its S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video ad campaign recently wrapped up on Wednesday, and a “Great War” sale is going on now in the developer’s online store. With the over-commercialization of nearly every aspect of our lives, it makes sense for people to become inured to such constant marketing, but for some reason, Bethesda makes it easy for us to bathe in the radiative warmth of Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 is set to release on November 10, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.