Over the course of Bethesda‘s existence, the studio has become synonymous with massive quality-filled releases, and Fallout 4 will be no exception. Whether it’s the title’s ability to allow players to craft customizable settlements, weapons, and armor, or the fact that it’s set in a nuked-out Boston, gaming fans’ enormous expectations for the most recent entry in the popular post-apocalyptic RPG series should be met with aplomb.
To tell the truth, Bethesda has gone above and beyond as far as Fallout 4‘s new features and improvements go. For instance, the game developer refuses to remain complacent with rehashed elements and gameplay mechanics, by refining its VATS combat system and introducing fully voiced main characters. As a matter of fact, in a recent interview with The Telegraph, Fallout 4‘s director Todd Howard mentions that fans should anticipate the role-playing game’s voice acting options to be extremely extensive, revealing that Fallout 4‘s main actors Brian T. Delaney and Courtenay Taylor have each recorded more than 13,000 lines of dialogue over the course of 2 years.
In reference to the feat, Howard says:
“A lot of games have voiced characters, but what they don’t want to give up is all the dialogue options. So for us a lot of it was logistical. The voice actors have been recording for 2 years, they’ve each done over 13,000 lines of dialogue. So to be able to do that makes the difference; you still have choice.”
In addition to remarking upon the vocal thespians’ rather prodigious performances, Howard also suggests that players’ choice of being male or female at the outset of Fallout 4 is incredibly important, because the character’s gender affects how some of the events in the game unfold. Regarding the matter, he says, “We were lucky to find two great voice actors . . . she may read things or act things differently than he does. So scenes play out differently depending on whether you are playing the game as male or female.”
While conversations have always been a key component of the Fallout series, such fresh and extraordinary attention to detail is what helps Bethesda’s games stand head and shoulders above the competition. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that Fallout 4 went on to win E3 2015’s Best in Show Award after the game’s debut at this year’s conference.
As if all of the aforementioned accomplishments aren’t enough of an incentive to have gone ahead and pre-ordered the collectable Pip-Boy Edition, it’s worth noting that Todd Howard has also assured fans that Fallout 4‘s launch quality will surpass previous efforts. About a week ago, the director explained that learning from Skyrim’s problems helped iron out all of the kinks for the upcoming release. While such a vow should be taken with a grain of salt, it would be understandable if most fans of the franchise take Bethesda at their word.
Fallout 4 is set for release November 10, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.