Kicking off a new, animated web series for Fallout 4 today, Bethesda announced the launch of a new serial cartoon that will introduce gamers to the core ability attributes found in the upcoming new installment of the popular post-apocalyptic role-playing franchise. Over the course of the next two months, fans will receive a new episode in the seven-part Fallout 4 informative series each week.
As was seen in previous entries for the franchise, Fallout 4 will feature seven primary ability scores known as the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system. This acronym stands for each of the individual attributes, which are Strength, Perception, Endurance, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Luck. Each episode of the newly announced Fallout 4 cartoon series will cover a different attribute, explaining its beneficial, in-game effects.
“Following total atomic annihilation, the rebuilding of this great nation of ours may fall to you. That’s why Vault-Tec has prepared this educational video series for you to better understand the seven defining attributes that make you S.P.E.C.I.A.L.!”
The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video series for Fallout 4 will be presented using highly-stylized animated cartoons. Like much of the Fallout universe, the videos have a retro flair as if they are byproducts of 1950s culture. The black and white film shorts are intended to look like educational programs created by Fallout‘s well known Vault-Tec corporation.
Showing off the first episode in the series, Bethesda released an introduction on the initial video that tackled the benefits of having a high Strength score in Fallout 4.
“Today we’ve released the first video in the series – starting, of course, with Strength. Study it carefully to ensure your survival and to discover what makes you S.P.E.C.I.A.L. And be sure to check back in a week for the next video in the series.”
Despite the release of the new web series, the video didn’t actually reveal anything new about how Strength will be used in Fallout 4. Similar to how the attribute was utilized in past installments of the franchise, Strength will still affect physical activities, such as how much weight a character can carry or their effectiveness in melee combat. If Strength functions any differently in Fallout 4 compared to how it has in the past, the cartoon didn’t explain those differences.
As the Inquisitr reported earlier this week, Bethesda also briefly discussed the post-launch content heading to Fallout 4 early next year through DLC and free content updates. While no specific details on Fallout 4‘s future add-ons were unveiled, the developer did reveal they will be offering a $30 season pass that will contain all of the title’s DLC.
Speaking of new content, an IGN report has confirmed that Fallout 3 radio host Three Dog won’t be reappearing in Fallout 4. This news comes despite the voice actor’s frequent statements claiming he was in the studio recording lines for the game.
Will a weekly cartoon series for Fallout 4 help get you prepared for the game’s launch on current-gen platforms later this year?
[Images courtesy of Bethesda]