Well it look’s like the gunplay in Bethesda’s Fallout 4 was taken directly out of the pages of another popular first person shooter’s book. According to Fallout game developer Todd Howard, the game’s gunplay was inspired from Bungie’s Destiny. This revelation follows in the wake of Fallout 3‘s mechanics.
While popular, there were complaints regarding the clunky gunplay. Coupled with a lack of impact and feedback, gunplay just didn’t feel satisfying. While it’s not advertised as a FPS, the game does rely on weapons heavily, so the need for improved gunplay was considered a priority.
Earlier in the year, it was revealed that iD Software was helping with gun mechanics, but in the latest “Game Informer” magazine, it appears the FPSMMO Destiny was a direct inspiration. Those who have played Destiny can attest to the fact that while it’s had its issues, gunplay has been a satisfying aspect of the game. Fallout 4 is looking to capture some of that and it should be able to considering Bethesda picked up Bungie’s Josh Hamrick.
Hamrick was a senior gameplay designer for Destiny, and is apparently focusing on tuning Fallout 4‘s firearms. When it comes to firearm mechanics, Howard told “Game Informer” a gun system is important. As he put it:
“The main difference in the way we develop [and other studios] is that we will develop with as many knobs as possible. We’re always thinking of scale. We’re not a team that is just going to make eight guns and spend forever on one gun. We knew we were going to have thousands, so we needed to develop a gun system that had all of the dials.”
With all that being said, Destiny players should feel right at home playing Fallout 4. Those who haven’t, will also enjoy the benefit of finely-tuned gunplay mechanics. If you have yet to experience the mechanics of Fallout 3, you can always give it a whirl next week, when it becomes backwards compatible with the Xbox One, but given we’ll see its successor on the 10th, you may be a bit busy with that instead.
Have you preordered Fallout 4 yet? Let us know on social media or in the comments below.