Bethesda Softworks is milking the Fallout franchise for all it’s worth with the impending release of Fallout 4. The publisher announced the Fallout Anthology collection for the PC at QuakeCon on Thursday that contains all the previous games, plus a mini-nuke that you can expect not to get past airport security.
Marketing Vice President Pete Hines took to the QuakeCon 2015 stage to reveal the Fallout Anthology and its unique container. The collection is solely for the PC, and comes with the original Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, and Fallout: New Vegas Game of the Year Edition. All DLC and expansions are included with the release.
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This is all packed into a mini-nuke modeled after the Fat Man in-game weapon. Popping the top off reveals a storage area for all the game disks in the collection. Bethesda Softworks has even made room for the Fallout 4 game disk when it becomes available in November. It’s not included in the Anthology release, though.
The Fallout Anthology is set to be released on September 29 in North America, and October 2 in Europe, for $49.99. Individually, the five Fallout games can be purchased can be picked up for around $42 to $50 on Steam, depending on sales. So, $50 for a physical copy of all the games plus the mini-nuke collectible isn’t too bad. It’s available for pre-order now from Best Buy, and it should be available at Amazon and other retailers soon.
This isn’t the first time that Bethesda has released an anthology collection for one of its popular franchises. It did the same for The Elder Scrolls in 2013. However, that came well after the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and included physical maps for all five included games. That collection was priced at $50 at release.
It’s not terribly surprising that the Fallout Anthology is PC only. Only Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were offered on consoles, with the remaining three being PC-only releases. Additionally, the first three Fallout games would have to be completely redesigned to work with consoles, and that’s work that Bethesda is likely not up to taking on.
While there is no Anthology release for consoles, Xbox One owners can look forward to getting a free copy of Fallout 3 with a digital purchase of Fallout 4 from the Xbox Store. The Xbox 360 game will be supported as part of the Xbox One’s new backwards compatibility that is currently being tested by Preview Program members.
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[Edit: Updated fourth paragraph with price information.]