There's bad news for anyone who hasn't ordered but still wants the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition — which comes with a Pip-Boy wrist case for a smartphone. No more will be made. No more can be made, even. The gray market for these should be rather ... vibrant around the game's November launch.
Pete Hines of Bethesda Softworks told GameSpot that the company hit its limit of the number of Pip-Boys it could manufacture. The facility said it ran out of capacity. "We reached a point where we'd go back to the factories and they were like, 'guys, this is it, sorry.'"
"Sorry, this is as many as we can make."
The game doesn't launch until Nov. 10, and the $119.99 Pip-Boy edition for all three platforms, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, is sold out on Amazon, GameStop, Best Buy, Newegg and anywhere fine video games are sold. The first run of pre-orders completely sold out within a day after it was announced at E3 2015 in mid-June. Bethesda announced a second run of Pip-Boy Editions about a week later, and they too were grabbed almost immediately.
What's the hype all about? Fallout 4 will launch with a free app that allows users to manage the Pip-Boy's in-game functions with their smartphone. The Pip-Boy Edition goes whole hog with the experience, putting the phone (most versions, not oversized though) in a wrist case made to look like the Fallout universe's iconic PDA.
Hines swore that Bethesda wasn't making short runs of the special editions to artificially influence their rarity. He told GameSpot more of these had been made than any other special edition Bethesda has launched, for any game, ever. The last Pip-Boys are being made right now, but the ability to make more in the future is straight out.
"We'd go back to [the factories] and say 'Demand for this is insane, we've got to make more.'" Hines said. The manufacturers would alter other production runs to accommodate that but could do so only to a point. "[Their] final answer: 'Sorry, this is as many as we can make.' And we sold every single one of those that we could."