I've been writing about Video Games for a little over a year now. Originally, I was tasked with writing about upcoming projects, some of which we knew nothing about - like Half-Life 3 for instance. But one of the first titles I started to write about was the infamous Fallout 4. Naturally, we knew every little about the existence of Bethesda's sequel at the time. We had Kotaku's article from months before of course, but no one was sure if it was even accurate.
Now, here we are. We've seen a trailer that blew our minds. We've seen an E3 conference that brought some to tears. We were hit with mobile apps, stunning gameplay trailers, and the announcement of a shockingly close release date. Bethesda blew our minds with their campaign for Fallout 4 - we, the fans of this franchise, we were the promotional team.
We talked about it incessantly, picked apart everything that could be some form of an insight into the game's development process. We promoted Fallout 4 for years after the release date of Skyrim in 2011 and we were all happy to do it. Now we have the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video series (which are incredible), Fallout Shelter, and a little over a month left to wait. UNBELIEVABLE. But all of this has led to something I'm ashamed to admit. A man should stand by his principals...but I've given in two (pun) many times.
Bethesda - Why Your Fallout 4 Gameplay Make Me Pre Order?
Pre ordering has destroyed so much of the gaming industry. Publishers have become unspeakably greedy in their attempts to grab players cash before release date. They want to trap us into buying a product we're not even sure we want yet. Look at the recent Deus Ex scandal, and Square Enix's absurd augmented pre order bonus system which they had to back out of. It's an appalling practice, one that used to be about ensuring you got a copy of the game - those days have long since passed, my friends.
But even though I'm so well aware of the damaging affect this has had on the art form that I love, I can't help but give in. I haven't done it in years! That is before I did it for Hideo Kojima with [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985), and now with Bethesda and Fallout 4! WHY I DO THIS?!?!
I don't download games onto my PS4 or XBOX One unless they're a part of the monthly deals or small little indie games. If I can own a physical copy of a game I want to play, I'll buy it the box. I love having my gaming collection proudly mounted on the wall. Therefore, in order to guarantee that I can dive into Fallout 4 on its release date here in Germany, I'm almost forced to pre order (not really though).
It's not about knowing whether the project will be worth the purchase - we're talking about Bethesda here. I'm sure chatting to some minor characters in the overworld of Boston will be more fulfilling than playing all of [The Order: 1886](tag:2707754). But the practice has become so evil! It's my own impatient fault for desiring to plunge into Fallout 4 immediately. I also want to avoid those vault spoilers, though! You guys understand, right?!
Are You Ready For Fallout 4's Release Date?
But what about you guys? What do you think of the practice that is pre ordering, and have you already put your money down for Bethesda's next game? Let us know where you stand in the comments below vault-dwellers!