Bethesda’s long-awaited first ever E3 2015 conference finished with a bang, with the studio showing off plenty of much-anticipated footage from Fallout 4. The game will offer players their first look at the pre-war world, as well as customizable bases and new brand conversation mechanics. Of course, Bethesda Game Studios also showed in-game footage for the latest Pip-Boy model found within Fallout 4, which players will find lying next to a long-dead scientist who isn’t likely to need it anymore. To go along with the exciting new deivce, Bethesda has announced that a real life Pip-Boy will be included in the Collector’s Edition of the game, giving players a chance to wear the iconic device for the first time in official capacity.
It’s not just stylish flair, though – this collectible has function to match the form. Fans will be able to insert their iPhone or Android device into the sleeve of the Pip-Boy and use it in conjunction with a new Fallout companion app, which lets the Pip-Boy connect to their PC, Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and function just like the in-game device. Players can check stats, browse inventory, and check out audio tapes in real-time.
Game Director Todd Howard couldn’t contain his excitement on-stage, though he did achknowledge that the collector’s item felt a little gimmicky. That said, he was still excited enough to lead in to the first live on-stage expletive of what is sure to be an exciting E3:
As far as stupid gimmicks go, this is the best ****ing one I’ve ever seen!
The Pip-Boy will come loaded with retro-styled games for the first time ever, with Bethesda showing off a jump-based game clearly inspired from the origins of Donkey Kong. It’s a neat bit of bonus content for fans of the game, and the companion app will compliment gameplay nicely. Those who aren’t interested in a simple companion app will be excited to know that free-to-play application called Fallout: Shelter will also launch tonight, which allows gamers to play as the Overseer of their own Vault.
Those who opt-out of purchasing the limited edition pip-boy needn’t worry, however, as Howard confirmed that the smartphone application will work just as easily without the plastic peripheral. The app will be ready for download by the game’s launch this November, and will receive full ioS and Android support. Of course, gamers not interested in taking their eyes away from the screen can always use the in-game Pip-Boy, but it’s a known fact that those who use the peripheral clearly get a charisma bonus in real life.
Todd neglected to mention the actual price for the collectors edition, but we’ve no doubt more information will be pour out about the Fallout 4: Pip-Boy Edition during the E3 2015 convention.
Fallout 4 is scheduled for a November 11th, 2015 release on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.