All versions of Fallout 4, the forthcoming entry in Bethesda’s popular post-apocalyptic franchise, will support pre-loading once the materials become available.
Although the exact date and time has not been announced, Bethesda’s Vice President of Marketing and PR, Pete Hines, has taken to his official Twitter account to confirm the existence of pre-loading for all versions of Fallout 4, which includes PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Nevertheless, the studio executive did state that fans should expect to be able to pre-load the game a few days before it launches.
After the announcement, a Fallout 4 fan asked Hines whether or not pre-loading applies to the Deluxe Version of the title as well. Unfortunately, he made it clear that gamers who have already purchased the more sumptuous iteration, as well as any other type of physical copy—the sold out Pip-Boy Collector’s Edition included—will have to wait for the game, as the disc and download code will be contained in the box.
We will offer preloading for Fallout 4 on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Exact day/time TBA. All should be available a few days before launch day— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) October 26, 2015
While pre-loading is something that PC fans have been able to enjoy for quite some time now, the concept is relatively new as far as consoles are concerned. For the uninitiated, the main appeal of such a feature is being able to have a title installed and ready to play as soon as developers unlock it for availability once the game officially goes on sale.
Those who have already pre-ordered their digital versions of Fallout 4 for the Xbox One will not only be able to pre-load the sequel, but they’ll also be privy to the bonus of a free copy of Fallout 3, courtesy of the backward compatible set-up for the next-gen system. And even though Bethesda’s partnered with Microsoft to provide its console with the largest amount of Fallout-themed loot—most notably the bundle for the Xbox One—PS4 and PC players aren’t being completely left out in the cold.
PlayStation fans who pre-purchase the action-RPG will get a pretty nifty-looking theme for download, while gamers that pre-order it on Steam receive a Dota 2 Announcer Pack featuring the robotic Mr. Handy. However, neither offer for Sony and PC fans is truly as good as receiving a free copy of a full game.
The announcement of pre-loading for Fallout 4 only lends further excitement to the mounting anticipation for the game’s release less than three weeks away. Not to mention, with Bethesda recently verifying that it went gold three days ago, fans have undoubtedly started making space for the retro-futuristic title on their hard drives already.
Fallout 4 is set to release on November 10, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.