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[Update] Limited Edition Fallout 4 Art Book Comes With Exclusive Concept Art Print

Bethesda is wrapping up its week of new Fallout merchandise with a limited edition art book. This upgraded version ships in a slipcase featuring an image of the game’s power armor.

It also comes with a 9”x12” concept art lithograph digitally signed by concept artist Ray Lederer. This version is limited to 5,000 pieces and will ship on December 22. 

You’ll also get a code for a digital version of the art book with your order. You can secure yours on the Bethesda Store website for $ 85 until supplies are depleted. 

It's always important to know what time it is in the wasteland. How else will you know if the mirelurks are biting? Oh. Because they are probably biting you. Our mistake.

The Vault-Tec watch shown above is limited to 1,500 pieces. The watch is made of stainless steel with a leather band. It’s water resistant to 300 feet, and the crystal is scratch resistant. Each is etched with an individual number on the back.

Unlike traditional watches, this one features a single hand. Each segment represents 15 minutes. You can purchase it here for $ 150, with shipping scheduled for November 9.

Today’s new piece of Fallout 4 merchandise is a messenger bag designed in the style of a Pip-Boy. As you can see above, the bag is printed on the interior as well.

The bag includes a padded laptop compartment that can support up to a 17-inch notebook. You can purchase it here for $ 68, with shipment estimated for November 9.

Update: This week is a challenging one for Fallout fans, as Bethesda is revealing a number of new items for sale. In addition to the controller that was made available this morning (below), you can consider dropping $ 130 on a big bundle with the strategy guide at its heart.

In addition to the hard-cover guide with an exclusive “soft touch” dust jacket, the Ultimate Vault Dweller’s Survival Guide bundle comes with:

  • A Nuka Cola bottle opener
  • Five magnetic bottle caps
  • A Nuka Cola embroidered patch
  • Seven lithographs
  • A poster-sized map of the Fallout 4 world
  • The Art of Fallout 4 2015-2016 calendar

You can order the bundle from the Bethesda Store. As a bonus, your wallet will become lighter and easier to sit on (metaphorically, of course, as the Bethesda Store takes credit card and not cash). 

Update (October 20, 2015, at 11:51 a.m. Central): The Bethesda Store (and other retailers) are listing today’s Fallout item. As we reported yesterday, you can purchase a wired Xbox One controller decorated in Fallout colors with the visage of Vault Boy.

It’s designed by PDP, comes with a 10-foot cord, and it’s priced at $ 59.99. It’s compatible with PC and features a 3.5mm headphone jack with volume controls on the surface. Apparently, that’s what the mystery button by the right thumbstick is (working in tandem with the D-pad, which bears volume and balance symbols).

The Fallout 4 controller will be out on November 10. You can check out at Bethesda's store.

 

Fallout fans have less than one month before returning to the wasteland. While you likely don’t need any reminder, Bethesda’s merch machine is spinning up to get you hyped nonetheless.

This week, you’ll be able to grab extremely limited numbers of some very specialized swag. The week kicks off with a t-shirt commemorating the Great War (pictured above). It’s available to order now through October 26.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, October 20, you’ll have a shot at one of 5,000 wired Vault Boy-themed Xbox One controllers. These feature a powder blue and yellow design scheme, as well as the visage of Fallout’s famous mascot.

You’ll also be able to get a messenger bag printed to look like a Pip-Boy, a Vault-Tec watch (limited to 1,500 pieces), and then a limited version of the art book (limited to 5,000 pieces). Check back each day on Bethesda’s storefront for the new items.

We'll update throughout the week as more items become available.

[Source: Bethesda Store via GameSpot]

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Fallout 4′s Install Size On Xbox One Comes In At Just Under 30 GB

Turns out the big expansive open world requires a smaller install on Xbox One than expected.

According to the product details page on Xbox.com, you will want to set aside 28.12 GB of space on your Xbox One hard drive in order to install Fallout 4. That amount of space, 28.12 GB, is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but I'm sure many (myself included) expected Fallout 4 to take up a much larger chuck of the Xbox One's hard drive.

The PlayStation 4 and PC install amounts have not yet been revealed. One number you won't necessarily need to worry about regarding Fallout 4, is your level cap because there isn't one. You can read more about that here.

[Source: Xbox.com, via GameSpot]

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Dungeon Defenders II Comes To PS4 This Month In Paid Pre-Alpha

Both Sony and Microsoft are now experimenting with versions of early access. This morning, Trendy announced that eventual free-to-play Dungeon Defenders II will be arriving on PlayStation 4 this month in paid pre-alpha.  

Dungeon Defenders II, an action-oriented tower defense game, has been in early access on PC since the end of 2014. This marks Sony’s first major push into pre-release payments, as those that want in on Trendy’s pre-alpha phase will need to purchase currency bundles.

Trendy isn’t maintaining parity with the PC version. Some features will arrive first on console, including controller support and split-screen. Others will hit PC early access before making their way to PS4.

Dungeon Defenders II will eventually be free-to-play. If you feel the need to play early, you can buy in starting on September 29.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I have strong feelings about paid early access games on console. I expressed concern when Microsoft rolled it out, and I echo those sentiments here. The average consumer won’t know what they are getting into unless these games are cordoned off in a separate area of the store with a pop-up or other informative screen prior to purchase.

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Telltale Comes To PAX With Tales From The Borderlands Live Playthrough And Playable Minecraft: Story Mode

Telltale has unveiled its PAX Prime lineup, which features Tales from the Borderlands and Minecraft: Story Mode.

The latest episode of Tales from the Borderlands, Escape Plan Bravo, will be played in front of a live audience at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, in the Wyvern Theater. Members of the development team will be there, along with voice actors Laura Bailey (Fiona) and Mikey Neumann (Scooter).

For those interested in Telltale's more elusive Minecraft: Story Mode, the beta version of the first episode will be available to play at booth #3117. This will be the first public hands-on time with the game, and there will be more to see outside of last month's Minecon trailer. Telltale is also bringing four unique shirt designs, one for each day of the show. Playing the beta will get you the shirt for that day. Return on a different day wearing a previous day's shirt, and you might be able to score the current day's shirt without even playing the beta again.

Stay tuned for more PAX coverage when the show opens this Friday.

 

Our Take
I'm sure players want to see more of Minecraft: Story Mode after the surprisingly dramatic trailer from Minecon. I've scratched my head at Telltale's choice to adapt Minecraft, of all things, but getting hands-on time could shed valuable light on what exactly the developer is aiming to do with the property.

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Full 1080p, 60 Frames-Per-Second Xbox One Streaming Comes To Windows 10 Today

Windows 10 users are getting some new features today for Xbox One game streaming. The highlight is a bump to 1080p and 60 frames-per-second, but there are other additions worth noting.

You can now conveniently message friends or invite them to a party with a right-click of the mouse over their Gamertag. You can also add non-Xbox games to your Windows 10 Xbox App (similar to how Steam handles things).

Even if you’re not streaming to PC, the August update has something for you. You’ll also be able to compare achievements, see your games in a new grid view, and customize your notifications.

The Windows 10 Xbox App is also getting an update to fix some minor problems. These include issues with sign-in, localization, and streaming. To find out if you have the update, look for version number 8.8.15003.00000 or higher.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

 

Our Take
I’ve not yet upgraded to Windows 10 (I’m letting others put it through its paces first), but the streaming features intrigue me. I’ll wait a bit longer before jumping in, but I suspect this feature will get some play in my house.

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Steph Curry Comes Out Of The Shadows For NBA 2K16

The journey to success isn't always clear and it's not always easy. Check out one of NBA 2K16's cover stars – Steph Curry – and his road to becoming a champion.

The new trailer is the first in a series detailing the stories of the game's three cover stars: Steph Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis. They'll also highlight the game's story mode, MyCareer, scripted by director Spike Lee.

For more on Spike Lee's involvement in the game's MyCareer mode, click the link. In other NBA 2K16 news, ProAm mode was also recently revealed.

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Here comes a new challenge: Making Street Fighter V

How can Street Fighter evolve from a core console game into a thriving service-based eSport? Gamasutra speaks to Capcom’s Matt Dahlgren about the company’s next big play. …


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The Good Dinosaur’s Trailer Music Comes From The Composer Of Fallout 3

If you liked the music featured in the trailer for The Good Dinosaur, then you probably also liked the music in Fallout and Dragon Age.

The song, "Leap Of Faith," is from composer Inon Zur, whose credits include games like Fallout 3, Dragon Age II, Fantasia: Music Evolved, Dragon's Dogma, and Prince of Persia, among others.

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Zur isn't the composer for the film. That job belongs to Mychael Danna, but it's cool to see a composer who made a name for themselves in the world of video games working on a Pixar project.

[Source: Inon Zur]

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The Last Of Us Soundtrack Comes To Vinyl This Wednesday

Considered by many to be one of the most beautifully presented video games of last or any console generation, The Last of Us features a compelling story of two very different people trying to survive in an infection-ravaged world. While the story was well-written and the gameplay was solid, the soundtrack of the game plays a crucial role in immersing players and delivering the story moments in impactful and meaningful ways.

Mondo has announced that a vinyl collection of the soundtrack of The Last of Us will go on sale this Wednesday. The original soundtrack, composed by Gustavo Santaolalla, is spread across four records pressed on 180 gram black vinyl. The package includes the complete soundtrack to The Last of Us including the Left Behind DLC. The package also features striking original artwork by Olly Moss and Jay Shaw.

The Last of Us soundtrack on vinyl will set you back $ 75. The package hits Mondo's music shop on Wednesday at a random time. For your best shot at grabbing a copy, check in on Mondo's music storefront throughout the day on Wednesday and follow the company on Twitter.

[Source: Mondo Music Newsletter]

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Halo: The Fall Of Reach Animated Series Comes With Halo 5 Collector’s Editions

The Halo universe has sprawled to encompass a variety of media. This fall, the franchise returns to animation with The Fall of Reach.

The series covers The Master Chief’s origins and his Blue Team compatriots. And will launch alongside the game on October 27.

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The trailer above was released at San Diego Comic Con, narrated by Dr. Catherine Halsey (who served as the template for the Master Chief’s closest ally, Cortana). The series will be included with Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition, Limited Collector’s Edition, and Digital Deluxe Editions.

Microsoft also announced that the Hunt the Truth in-universe podcast (in the style of Serial) will continue this fall with another season. If you’ve missed the first series, you can check that out here.

Finally, there is a new ViDoc focused on 343 Industries’ vision for Halo 5: Guardians. That can be viewed on the Halo Channel on Xbox One, Windows 8.1 PCs, or via the new Halo Channel app on iOS, Android, and Windows 8 phones.

For more on Halo 5, check out our coverage hub from the July 2015 issue.

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