Fallout 4 News Roundup: Luck, Mister Handy, a Fallout case mod, and Pipboys

Wrapping up Bethesda's Fallout 4 S.P.E.C.I.A.L. video series this week we get a look at Luck and how being on the right side of a coin toss can help you survive in the wasteland.

Luck has always been one of the more controversial stats rolling around the wasteland. In previous games it provided a small boost to every skill to a small degree, increased your chance to critically hit, and occasionally gave the player access to better odds while gambling or unique dialogue options at certain key points in the game.

Based on the new video it looks like luck now does all that and more, minus the skill bonus of course. In addition to the base boost to critical chance a high luck will grant you, luck will now modify how random loot spawns, although it isn't clear whether that means you'll find a Fat Man under a toilet seat with a luck of 10 or if a high luck opens up the path to perks that increase your chance of finding ammo and caps, similar to other Fallout games. 

Fans of Mysterious characters will be happy to see that it looks like Miss Fortune and the Mysterious Stranger will be making another appearance for Fallout 4, although the former's spawn conditions might change to something surrounding the death of the player. Of course a high luck stat can also send your enemies exploding into a Bloody Mess from a lucky critical hit.

Building a Realistic Robot Butler

Mister Handys have long been an iconic staple of the Fallout universe, kept afloat by a nuclear-powered jet engine, carrying your everyday household buzz saw and flamethrower on its adorable articulating robot arms, and outfitted with a rechargeable humor emmiter array. They're not the robot we asked for but they're certainly the one we need.

Of course the question of the day is, “Where can we find our own robot butler?” Thanks to a detailed interview with Popular Mechanics with Istvan Pely and Dennis Mejillones, the lead artist for Fallout 4 and the designer for Mister Handys large and small, we get a chance to take a deep dive into just what it takes to bring a Mister Handy to life, including a look at some of the 3D-printed models they used and the hundreds of individual components that it takes to make a Mr. Handy look both realistic and functional.

In Mejillones' own words, "I probably put in a hundred components. Quite a lot of parts in there," continuing, “when you see this guy on the floor all ripped apart, it's really informing you on how these things are made,"

Mr. Handy comes to Dota 2

If you're a fan of Dota 2 just as much as Fallout 4 you should find yourself delightfully surprised once you return from the Commonwealth to your favorite MOBA (although only if you've already pre-ordered the game on Steam). As a tiny incentive to encourage people to pick up Fallout 4 a little early Bethesda is now offering you a chance to replace your default announcer with the sonorous tones of a Mister Handy.

Fallout 4's Steam page details, "The Dota 2 Fallout 4 Announcer Pack will replace the Default announcer and Mega-Kills announcer with the voice of everyone’s favorite robotic butler, Mister Handy,"

In Fallout 4 Cogsworth, your pre-war Mister Handy, is one of the earliest companions you can pick up to help you along in your adventures. With a posh British accent provided by Thief's Stephen Russel, the character is sure to keep us enraptured for long hours into his hopefully hijink-filled companion quest. Perhaps we'll be taking him for a trip to various supermarkets to make the cake we were promised way back in Fallout 3.

Mr. Handy will come to your Dota games sometime in mid-November although it's not clear whether this will coincide with the November 10 release of the game or a short time after the fact.

The Fallout Viking

Case mods are always a welcome addition to any PC gamer's day, especially when they're designed by a hyped-up viking hailing from the fair country of Sweden in a way that perfectly captures the spirit of Fallout 4

Enter Robbaz's latest live action video. Although the Swedish Youtuber usually sticks to comedic gameplay videos focusing on his own personal brand of humor, this build video reads like a journey into the excitement fans are sharing for the upcoming game.

Not a wasteland of Pip-Boy editions after all

As a lot of people might have noticed Bethesda's been releasing a very select number of their Pip-Boy editions on their official store over the last week or so, which means that if you've been aching to get your hands on a Pip-Boy of your own but had given up hope after Bethesda announced that they were permanently out of stock you might still have a chance.

Your best bet is to keep a close eye on the Fallout and Fallout 4 subreddits and to check the store periodically. It seems like there's a bit of a pattern to when they open their stock (I managed to pinch mine around 7 o'clock PST) but there's no guarantee that they'll keep that pattern standard for any future releases. The only thing we know for sure is that once they go live they'll be flying off the shelves like Quantum fresh out of the vats, so you'll have to move fast.