Hey oh don’t cha know, cup of coffee and the day doth go. Saddle up cause the sun’s gotta be shining somewhere. Welcome travelers, if the fires aren’t burning the birds’ll be a chirping so let’s get to it.
If you care about VR as much as I do, then you’re probably aware that the 2015 blockbuster hit Fallout 4 is getting the VR treatment this coming October. It’s a huge move by Bethesda that shows confidence in the medium and serves as a shining beacon for other major developers as they slowly make their way into these vast unknown waters. For these reasons, I am very much excited at the prospect of Fallout 4 in VR, but there’s just one problem…. con flab it, it should have been Fallout 3!
Let’s break it down, shall we?
- Cross compatibility with PS4 would be very attainable. As of the time of this writing, there have been no plans for Bethesda to bring Fallout 4 to PS4, and many are concerned that performance demands would require some serious reworking of the game’s engine components to function well on the device.
- People may be tired of Fallout 4. Anyone who came into the franchise with Fallout 4 may be waiting for a good reason to dive into more fresh Fallout content and anyone who’s played 3 would, at this point, probably appreciate a revisit to it’s hallowed halls.
- Due to the nature of Fallout 4’s dialog system, conversations with NPCs were very much shunted. Fallout 3 on the other hand had a very robust conversation system and I think it led to a deeper connection with characters and more realized ethos and culture, things that feed back into immersion very well.
- Where as Fallout 4 is a shooter with RPG elements, Fallout 3 is an RPG with shooter elements. VR is a lot to take in and the slower paced action of Fallout 3 would actually be more suitable. The long hours demanded by Bethesda titles could prove very tiring in VR and slower action could allow users to stay in VR longer.
- The Capitol Wasteland would be more interesting and more powerful a place to visit than the Commonwealth. This could just be personal preference, but the thought of watching a skirmish unfold in the confines of the Capitol building, or gaining access to the Washington Memorial to set up a satellite array for Three Dog, or fighting off the Super Mutants holding the Lincoln Memorial. There are many iconic locations dipped in a thick layer of post-apocolism that just beg to be explored. How about the VR inspired mission, Tranquility Lane? Talk about getting meta. How about trudging through the foggy swamps of Point Lookout, what has been lauded as one of the finest examples of game DLC to this day?
Of course I’m just a fan gallivanting ideas here, but to me Bethesda missed an opportunity to bring awareness to a game that has receded beneath the ocean waves of time. A game that deserves another chance in the spotlight, and VR would be the perfect vehicle for such a resurrection.