Retrofuturism has Never Looked as Good as it Does in ‘The Art of Fallout 4′ [Preview]
As arguably the most-anticipated game of the 2015, Fallout 4 has a lot of expectations riding on its shoulders. From what we've seen so far in trailers and previews, there's at least a pretty good chance it will live up the seemingly insurmountable amount of hype surrounding its release. The post-apocalyptic franchise has always been heavily steeped in the 1950's idea of science-future, and the way Bethesda has appropriated Boston and its surrounding area to give Fallout 4 a home showcases that quite well. Some might even say Boston has never looked better.
However great Fallout 4 looks in-game, there are a myriad of details that get lost in the shuffle of creating such a massive open-world adventure. That's where The Art of Fallout 4 comes in. Curated by Bethesda's development team (and published by Dark Horse), The Art of Fallout 4 presents much of the design work, environmental and character art alongside notes from the creative minds behind it all in an effort to give players and fans a more intimate view of the world they inhabit in the game.
Bethesda offered up a 30-page preview of the book today, which gives us our first glimpse at many locales we'll visit, enemies we'll encounter, and weapons we'll use. In fact, with regards to the weapons, this preview gives us a much better idea of what to expect from Fallout 4's new item crafting/customization. There are dozens of knives and guns on display in these few pages, which has us curious just how many more will actually make the cut in-game. Also, we've got our eyes set on crafting one of those chainsaw swords already because the only thing that could make a chainsaw more awesome was if you made it a sword.
The Art of Fallout 4 is due to arrive on Dec. 22, and there will be two versions offered. The standard edition will retail for $49.99 and features more than 360 pages of in-depth looks behind Bethesda's artistic curtain. The limited edition hardcover (5000 copies) will retail for $85, and is available exclusively through Bethesda's store. With it you get an additional 16 pages of art over the standard version, a slipcase printed on metallic paper, a portfolio with a special 9"x12" print, and a code for a digital version of the book.