'Fallout 4' Reveal At E3 2015 May Have Just Broken November

Scott Grill

The debut trailer of Fallout 4 set the stage for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC role-playing game's E3 reveal. That finally happened Sunday night with new gameplay footage from Bethesda Softworks along with details that fans have been begging for from the Game Director himself, Todd Howard.

Design of Fallout 4 began after the release of Fallout 3 in 2009 and even during the development of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, which hit in 2011. Things really ramped up over the last four years as the studio churned out an incredible amount of concept art designs for the title down to the individual control panels and turned that into a game using the all new Creation Engine.

Fallout 4 Character Creation

The game starts in the past as players sculpt a couple's look to create either a male or female character. Yes, that means you can play as a female, which has always been an option in the series. More impressive though was how the faces were sculpted in real-time using the cursor to drag and manipulate the character's facial features.

The player emerges from Vault 111 some 200 years after the nuclear attack. He or she is the last survivor of the Vault. How is not explained, as Bethesda is avoiding spoilers. The game can be played in first or third-person with dynamic conversations. The player will eventually run into the dog seen in the trailer, Dogmeat, and have it join him. Dogmeat can be issued contextual commands to move to different spots or to pick up items.

If the trailer didn't give it away, Bethesda finally confirmed it. Fallout 4 is set in Boston. Bethesda didn't give an idea on how large the game world is, but did say it is the largest they've created yet.

— Bethesda Softworks (@Bethblog) June 15, 2015

Fallout 4 is coming out November 10, 2015. But, you can check out the iPhone, iPad and Android game, Fallout Shelter from iTunes right now and Google Play soon. It's a Vault management game that is completely free and without some of the hooks that free-to-play games have become despised over.

In all, it was an incredibly impressive reveal for a game that has built up high expectations. We've already seen many games pushed from a 2015 release to next year. Some were for more development time, but it's clear the holiday season is over-crowded with titles like Star Wars: Battlefront, Halo 5: Guardians, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, among others.

Fallout 4's addition will only complicate the buying decision of gamers. Not only is it a highly anticipated game, but it is one that offers an enormous amount of playtime, which may push out other titles.

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