When Bethesda Softworks announced it was going to bundle actual, wearable Pip-Boy devices (and an app for your phone to complete the whole experience) for a special edition of its Fallout 4, gamers rejoiced. Today, gamers are rending Cheetos-smeared garments as production on the Pip-Boys has ceased. The factory, Duran-like, had to say, no más.
Bethesda’s VP of Marketing Pete Hines told GameSpot they “reached a point where we’d go back to the factories and they were like, ‘Guys, this is it, sorry. This is as long as we can run the lines and as many of them as we can make.’”
The Pip-Boy is a wearable PDA device within the popular Fallout games. It allows players to update their character’s stats and other necessary game components. It’s very much a part of the Fallout experience, and to have it IRL was exciting. Imagine the casual cosplay! It just won’t be you. Being cool. You’ll never be cool. Sorry.
But if you pre-ordered the $120 edition at retailers, you’re fine. You’ll be cool. “We made a shitload of Pip-Boys, and we went back and made more, and went back and made more,” Hines said. “I think we did more of these things than we did for any collector’s edition we’ve ever done, ever.” Still, the edition sold out within a day of its E3 announcement. Those left out of the pre-order window will have to wait for the after-market, which is bound to inflate the price of these things by a margin.
Fallout 4 will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 10.