Not long ago, Bethesda announced a brand new Fallout – Fallout 4 – at this year's E3. The company not only unveiled the new Fallout after months of rumours, but also announced a stand-alone mobile game called Fallout Shelter, and most importantly, a pre-order offer that brought a real-life Pip-Boy for the fans.
However, what happened next was way beyond Bethesda's reckoning. The Pip-Boy accessory gimmick worked well for the company as it was flooded with numerous pre-orders for the game, with fans wanting to get their hands on the Pip-Boy. Following this, Bethesda later revealed that it can't produce any more Pip-Boys.
While the news is certainly a disappointment for fans who wanted the limited edition Pip-Boy, it seems there's a way out to get the popular accessory.
Gamer and 3D printing aficionado Yvo de Haas has released a schematic on how to print a Pip-Boy 3000 Mark IV. Sounds interesting, right?
Reports suggest that similar to Bethesda's official model this fan-made version of the accessory has been designed keeping in mind the need to fit a smartphone into it. This means you'll be able to interact with Fallout 4 via the mobile app you'll have strapped to your wrist via the Pip-Boy.
However, the 3D-printed model won't come with all the features of the official Bethesda product. But this version still maintains a level of originality with a couple of fancy orange LED lights. The version even comes with a tape player and although it won't play the tapes, it will still pop open and accept them.
As it seems, the 3D-printed Mark IV of the Pip-boy has buttons on the right side instead on the left. Haas is determined to keep the replica schematics as authentic as possible, so the device was made based on a few snippets from the game.
"The Pip-Boy is already extremely difficult to design with proper reference, but now there is only a teaser trailer and the E3 video. This does not give the kind of reference I usually have," Haas explained.
Sure, as of now, only a few folks around the world own a 3D Printer, and outsourcing projects to 3D printing studios isn't cheap, but Haas' device still remains the next best thing to the original Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition. And as time flies, expect the remaining original Pip-Boys to get costlier.
Stay tuned for more updates!