Bethesda's Todd Howard discusses Fallout 4's player freedom and crafting in new videos
Fallout 4 is coming to radiate Windows and Xbox One in just a couple of months, and expectations are sky-high.
The game received one of the biggest cheers at this year's E3, announced as part of Bethesda's first conference. Fallout 4 boasts hundreds of hours of gameplay across the largest open-world Bethesda has ever built, but that's not all.
In Fallout 4, players will be able to 'rebuild', taking scrap from the nuclear-blasted world and creating homes, and even settlements. It also sports the most complex crafting system the studio has ever made. Without a doubt, Fallout 4 looks set to take the RPG genre by storm.
Todd Howard discussed the importance of player freedom and the game's new crafting systems back at E3. Those interviews were revealed today in two new videos.
Fallout 4 - Player Freedom in an Open World
In the videos, studio head Todd Howard discusses Fallout 4 with Bethesda's content lead Gary Steinmann. In the first video, Steinmann asks how Fallout 4's combat has evolved, particularly in terms of its shooting. Fallout 3's gunplay wasn't the most refined in the world, but Bethesda enlisted the help of id Software (DOOM, Quake) to modernize Fallout 4's mechanics.
Steinmann moves on to ask why player-freedom has essentially become Bethesda's calling card. Howard states his belief that player freedom is what makes all games great.
Player freedom certainly typifies Bethesda titles in my mind. Fallout 4 looks set to take that to a whole new level with its insane crafting systems.
Fallout 4 - Customization, Crafting & Modding
After showcasing the previously seen house-building footage from E3, Todd Howard discusses the benefits and inspiration behind including these systems.
Bethesda calls it the "Workshop System", and while completely optional, Howard states that it does fit into the fiction of the game.
Todd Howard praised the modding community, stating that modding would work on PC similarly to how it worked for Skyrim. Fallout 4's PC Creation Kit is expected to hit in early 2016, and then eventually to Xbox One after the PC launch.
As more and more franchises jump on the open-world bandwagon, it always seems to fall back to Bethesda to push the boundaries of the concept.
I think it's fair to speculate that Fallout 4 will be a hit when it launches on November 11th, 2015. Let's hope they can keep the bugs in check this time around.
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