Fallout 4 News Roundup: Intelligence, Release Info, and Anticipation in a number

Brains, Brawn, or Nerd Rage

With only a bare five weeks between now and the release of Fallout 4 Bethesda has delivered the newest iteration of their S.P.E.C.I.A.L. series this week, highlighting the strength of intelligence in the wasteland.

Intelligence in Fallout 4 seems to be largely focused on improved crafting capabilities, boosting your ability to hack computers, and otherwise manipulating robotics, a skill that could prove invaluable considering the likely prominence of androids in the Commonwealth hinted at in earlier games.

Additionally we can surmise from the video that those who invest in intelligence will have access to more efficient forms of transport, increased medical capabilities, and significant gains from Nerd Rage, a perk that was largely abandoned by min-max savvy players in earlier games. The fact that Nerd Rage now exists as the level 10 intelligence perk means that we're extremely likely to see it remodeled to make it worthwhile to jump to 10 intelligence, although without a level cap almost every perk will eventually see the light of day for those dedicated enough to pursue them.

Based on the perk chart revealed late last month we also know that intelligence will now mitigate bonus experience, a feature that in the past required the loss of a nigh priceless perk, by binding it to your intelligence level it now opens an interesting controversy as to whether to build your character for bonus experience and faster leveling, or to focus on other stats for the more varied perks early on.

Gearing for the Date

With just over a month between fans and Fallout 4, Bethesda has released more info on how they plan to orchestrate their post-apocalyptic simulator during launch.

For starters we have a set of confirmed PC system requirements as well as the storage requirements for consoles, and they're surprisingly hefty if you're running a somewhat older rig.

Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent
Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
30 GB free HDD space
NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

Consoles will require 28-35GB of hard drive space

If you're worried about whether or not your rig can stand up to the task of running Fallout 4 but aren't sure exactly how to go about it, swing over to the Fallout 4 subreddit where redditor LinkDrive has created an excellent guide to help you determine whether you need to upgrade your rig before Fallout hits your library.

Additionally we can expect Bethesda to release the game as well as their companion app based on a consistent midnight schedule across the world, although Asia and Japan will have to wait till midnight of the following day.

Bethesda also details that Fallout 4 will support day one gamepad support on the PC for Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers as well as support for the usual flotilla of languages for an international game.

Fallout 4 not the most anticipated game of 2015?

In a set of statistics that seem to deny reality, Fallout 4 is somehow not the most anticipated game of the holiday season. granted it's only by a bare margin and against some fairly heavy hitters to boot.

Nielsen is a company dedicated to providing reliable consumer statistics to a variety of outlets, and in this case they gauged the opinions of more than 4,800 gamers ranging from 7 to 54 within the last several months. Nielsen then went on to compile that data based on awareness, consumer rating, purchase rating, and several other factors using a percentile score. Ratings of 50 percent is considered only an average anticipation level, 70-79 is considered well above average anticipation, 80-89 is considered very high anticipation, and 90-100 is considered extremely high anticipation.

Fallout 4 ranked in at a 95% anticipation level, which all in all is impressive, but it does seem odd to see it beaten out by Call of Duty: Black Ops III at a 98% consumer rating. Of course gauging user anticipation is far from an exact science, but the way Nielsen went about it is likely as close as we're going to see to actual concrete statistics on the matter. This in no way speaks ill of any of the games on Nielsen's list but more serves to show just how well a variety of successful franchises are stacking up against each other. Among the other high level contenders we see Assassin's Creed: Syndicate coming in at a tie with Fallout at 95%, Need for Speed coming in just behind the titans at 92%, and Star Wars Battlefront rolling in at 88% consumer approval rating.

See the rest of the study, and check out GameCrate's own most anticipated games here.