At the center of Bethesda’s first big E3 show back in 2015 was Fallout 4, the follow-up to the massively successful and critically acclaimed Fallout 3. Two years later, Fallout 4 is once again be taking the stage in some capacity, but this time in VR.
Bethesda announced the port last year but didn’t have much to show. VP Pete Hines confirmed talking to Youtuber HipHopGamer that the VR-focused version of the game would be part of the show, calling it “the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen in your life.”
“You can’t even imagine what it’s like,” he continued. “Playing in VR and how realistic it looks and everywhere you turn your head. It’s going to blow your mind. It’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen.”
Well jeez, Pete. That’s a lot to live up to.
What can we expect to learn from the show?
With regard to Fallout 4, several big questions hang in the air. First and foremost when is it coming? And how much will it cost? Will owners of the PC version of Fallout 4 need to buy a second copy to experience it in VR?
One interesting wrinkle to all this is that Bethesda and their parent company Zenimax are currently waist-deep in a lawsuit with headset maker Oculus over stolen secrets, broken NDAs, and owed money. Bethesda hasn’t confirmed Oculus Rift support one way or another, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see them skip it due to legal reasons or just simple bad blood. But then again, the Rift is the biggest headset in the PC space, so skipping it seems like a bad idea.
The question that only gamers can answer, though, is whether Fallout 4 might be the jumpstart VR needs to appeal to the mainstream. Where most VR games are demos and arcade-like games, Fallout 4 looks to be a proper, massive game realized in virtual reality.
We’ll find out more before too long. Bethesda’s E3 show is in the evening on Sunday, June 11.