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One of the more highly anticipated games coming out from Bethesda is the VR version of Fallout 4. Details on this virtual reality take on the popular open-world shooter-RPG have been sparse up until now. Gamers can now find out exactly when they can get more info on the Fallout 4 VR edition, and it's going to happen at E3.
In a video interview with HipHopGamer, VP of marketing at Bethesda, Pete Hines, talked about a number of topics, but the one thing he revealed is that Todd Howard, director of Bethesda, explained that the company will unveil details for Fallout 4 VR during their conference at E3 2017.
In the interview, Hines basically paraphrased what Howard explained to him, noting that Howard said that "it's going to blow your mind" and "it's the craziest thing you've ever seen".
There's obviously going to be some people who feel as if that's a bit of hyperbole, especially the people who are clearly divided over the whole Fallout 4 experience. If you read over the criticisms of the game you'll find that a lot of people loved the open-world vibe and being able to travel around the Boston Commonwealth, but there was also a group of people who felt as if the game never really took on a true role-playing experience.
Some of the criticisms extended to the voice acting, as some felt as if adding a voice to the main character limited the amount of dialogue options and variances, and that it pigeon-holed the role-playing experience into a small number of different paths.
Others felt as if the non-shooting segments in Fallout 4 were also far and few between. However, people did feel as if the actual shooting and combat in the game was done quite well. In addition to this, there is also a lot of praise for some of the other aspects of the game, including the use of Power Armor and the ability to customize robot companions that was made available through the Automatron DLC.
The polarizing criticisms of Fallout 4 only popped up after people played and conquered the game and realized that a lot of what it did well wasn't really tied to what made games like Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas feel like true RPG experiences.
However, Bethesda could be using the virtual reality experience as a way to give gamers a different kind of role-play opportunity... something more akin to a feeling of deep immersion.
The reality is that we have no idea what Fallout 4 VR will entail or whether or not it will improve on what people had complained about with the original vanilla release. Is simply putting people in a virtual world of Boston enough to win the critical hardcore crowd over? Also, is the VR update enough to convince casuals to lay down half a grand in order to get a headset just to experience Fallout 4 in a new way?
Ultimately we won't know exactly how the VR aspects will alter Fallout 4 until Bethesda unveils details about the game at this year's E3 in June.