This latest Easter Egg found in Fallout 4 highlights one of the biggest areas yet to be explored in the Fallout 4 universe: cooperative gameplay.
Along with new companions, new weapons and new locations, Fallout 4's latest DLC, Automatron brought us a sinister new bad guy and with it a new bad guy lair. This lair is a treasure trove full of hidden gems for Fallout fans to discover. But one, in particular, has caused somewhat of a stir amongst the Fallout community - a cute little Easter Egg that shows Jangles the Moon Monkey and that other little possessed monkey toy playing a multiplayer video game together.
Fallout 4 Co-Op?
The Fallout series has always been about the single player experience, the sole survivor element is key to the brand. But as they say, one can be the loneliest number when out in the wastelands, hence why the team introduced the companion. This ingenious feature basically just introduces another heartbeat (or turning cog) for the player to bounce ideas off, interact with and bust raider skulls with.
Although the companion element in Fallout 4 is great, many fans have still voiced their requests for a co-op mode to be introduced. Not that the series ever really needed an online multiplayer aspect – it has always been more of a “wouldn’t it be awesome if,” type deal.
This view is even shared by game director Todd Howard - apparently the Fallout team reportedly always build a working multiplayer aspect into their design and it is from there they decide whether or not to include it in the final product.
Believe it or not, every time we do a game we design a multiplayer mode just to see what we would do, […] Then we go, 'Yup, we shouldn't do that. That's an awesome idea that is way too distracting from the main thing we want to do, which is single player,'I could see ways it would work, but development-wise, they're very different experiences. - Todd Howard
In theory, multiplayer could work; the game is already tailored toward the buddy-buddy gameplay system and is loaded with sidekick customisation. And how great would it be to build and share settlements with friends?
On the other hand, I feel that it may detract from the game's overall experience and with the main focus being on the 'individual' character choice it may all become rather discombobulated if set within a multiplayer universe.
Maybe, a local free roam co-op element could be introduced? Either way, the game rocks and will continue to rock for years to come. If Bethesda do ever decide to go against the grain and include an all new co-op mode then that would be fantastic and if they don’t then we still have the next big DLC Harbor, to come and that promises to be an utterly absorbing experience.