When Fallout 4 was finally revealed at this year's E3, it wasn't the only big news to grace Bethesda's press conference. In fact, it was also announced that the game's Collector's Edition would come with a limited edition Pip-Boy, made in the image of the game, as a special collectible.
As expected, the Pip-boy addition, let alone the original game, sent fans into a sort of frenzy, followed by massive pre-orders for the game, just to procure the accessory. Now, as it seems, Bethesda has been taken so aback by the popularity of the deal, it has revealed that the company cannot keep producing any more Pip-Boys.
According to the company, it cannot produce any more Pip-Boys for fans going forward, since the manufacturer has a busy schedule ahead, and they just cannot spend any more time producing new Pip-Boys to replenish stock.
Bethesda's Marketing VP Pete Hines recently revealed the news to GameSpot at QuakeCon this weekend. "We 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.'"
According to Hines, the manufacturer was moderately flexible about changing its plans in order to make more Pip-Boys, but the company thought that enough was enough and that it was now time to move on to other clients' work.
"We'd go back to [the factories] and say, 'Demand for this is insane, we've got to make more,'" Hines said. "And they'd move other projects off or shift stuff to other factories and it just came to [them telling Bethesda], 'Final answer: sorry, this is as many as we can make.'"
For those who think that there may still be time to grab their very-own Pip-Boys with a pre-order of Fallout 4, we are afraid that there's some bad news. In the interview, Hines also clarified that every Pip-Boy Collector's Edition in existence (or in production) has already been pre-ordered.
"We made a s**tload of Pip-Boys, and we went back and made more, and went back and made more. I keep seeing stuff about, 'Oh, you only did a few thousand.' No--we did a ton of these things. I think we did more of these things than we did for any collector's edition we've ever done, ever," Hines added.
In case you weren't aware, the Pip-boy pre-order accessory for Fallout 4 allows users to insert their smartphone into the giant smartwatch-like device, and later use the mobile app to interact with the game. In fact, it even brings the game's menus to the player's wrist faster than on the TV screen.