Bethesda won’t release any more Fallout 4 DLC but it still has some big plans for the game. The developer is still planning a Fallout 4 VR release and the official release date is expected to arrive sometime later this year.
As we push into 2017, Bethesda and mod developers are keeping Fallout 4 alive in new and interesting ways.
The developer recently released its 1.9 update alongside a free high-resolution texture pack for Windows PC and developers continue to deliver impressive Fallout 4 mods for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
There won’t be any new DLC but updates, mods, and the highly anticipated Fallout 4 VR release should keep fans of the series satisfied as we push toward the game’s second birthday.
If you can believe it, Fallout 4 VR was originally announced all the way back at E3 2016 in Los Angeles. It was confirmed onstage with Skyrim Special Edition, the Skyrim remaster Bethesda released for Xbox One, PS4 and PC back in October.
The Fallout 4 VR release still hasn’t taken place but the company’s revealed some new details about its ambitious project.
With that in mind, we want to take a look at everything we know right now about Fallout 4 VR, its release date, and what you can expect.
Fallout 4 VR for HTC Vive
When Bethesda confirmed Fallout 4 VR it confirmed the title for one virtual reality platform: The HTC Vive.
While there are other interesting VR devices out there like the Oculus Rift and Sony PlayStation VR, Bethesda hasn’t confirmed a release for any platforms other than HTC Vive.
This doesn’t rule out a Fallout 4 VR release for alternative platforms down the road but we’d expect HTC Vive owners to get first dibs.
If you’re unfamiliar with the HTC Vive, you’ll want to read up on it before the Fallout 4 VR release later this year.
Fallout 4 VR Release Date
Last year, Bethesda promised a Fallout 4 VR release for 2017. As far as we know, the release is still on track for this year.
@THOMASxBENNETT we haven't given a date or month.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) January 25, 2017
In a recent interview, Bethesda studio head Todd Howard stated that the development is “going great” but there’s “a lot of work to be done.”
— Bethesda Softworks (@bethesda) February 16, 2017
Bethesda recently announced plans to host another huge launch event at E3 2017 in Los Angeles and that’s an event to keep an eye on if you’re interested in the Fallout 4 VR release.
Fallout 4 VR is a “New Game”
If you’re a Fallout 4 Season Pass holder, don’t expect the company to include Fallout 4 VR in that package.
Back in June, the company noted that Fallout 4 VR will be a “new game” which means it won’t be included in the Season Pass like a piece of DLC.
@mylifeisdeath it would be a new game
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 14, 2016
It looks like it will be a standalone version of the game though we still don’t know how much it will cost or if Bethesda will offer a discount to those that bought Fallout 4 and/or the Season Pass.
It’s Also the Full Game
Fallout 4 VR won’t feature a portion of Commonwealth. No, Bethesda’s upcoming title will allow you to wander around the entire wasteland.
In a recent interview with Glixel, Todd Howard reiterated the company’s plan to bring the full version of Fallout 4 to HTC Vive owners.
Howard says the company is still “doing the whole game” and that you “can play it start to finish right now.” He also notes that “the whole thing really works in terms of interface and everything.”
It’s unclear if the experience will include the six pieces of Fallout 4 DLC Bethesda released for Xbox One, PS4 and PC in 2016.
@cr4fter2001 haven't said. Stay tuned
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) February 21, 2017
The company hasn’t confirmed either way.
The Fallout 4 VR the media went hands-on with in June wasn’t the final version of the game. And now that we’re in 2017, we’re starting to see Bethesda fill in some of the blanks.
The early demo didn’t feature the game’s V.A.T.S combat system but it’ll be making an appearance in the game according to Howard.
Here’s how he described the game’s current interface to Glixel:
The Pip-Boy is on your wrist and we’ve been able to present so that it works the way you expect. You look and there it is. The fact that the gunplay is a bit slower than in a lot of games has certainly helped us but we have V.A.T.S., so you can pause or slow down the world.
Unsurprisingly, he claims that V.A.T.S. is “awesome” in VR.
Howard also notes that the teleportation system that was present in the early demo is still in the current version of the game but that the company is “we’re experimenting with a few” other ways to move around the wasteland.
The goal, he says, is to “to ship with as many as we can, because it’s different for everybody.”
Let's start with one of our favorite PC Fallout 4 mods that quickly made it over to the long list of Fallout 4 mods for console.
keyNuker creates a key ring in your inventory that hides keys and passwords. With it installed, your MISC tab in on your Pip-Boy is going to be a lot more manageable, particularly if you're deep into the game with tons and tons of items listed.
The screenshot here shows you what the vanilla MISC tab looks like compared to the MISC tab with keyNuker installed. It's night and day.
This is one of our favorite Fallout 4 mods and one that should consider if you're tired of wasting time scrolling through hundreds (many of them worthless) of items.