One dedicated Fallout fan - a 12-year-old cancer patient named Wes - has been allowed a rare chance to play the upcoming Fallout 76 before the game's official release in November. Wes even managed to beat the beta-players, who will not get to begin testing the game until October, to the punch.
Set in the wilds of post-apocalyptic West Virginia, Fallout 76 is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2018. The first on-line multiplayer game set in the universe of Fallout, players will take on the role of a survivor fighting to rebuild civilization while battling the various menaces of the wasteland some 25 years after the nuclear war that devastated the world. Players can cooperate or compete with each other for resources, having the chance to build strongholds as they fight mutants, ghouls, animals enlarged by radiation, and raiders. Massive in scope, Fallout 76 is said to feature a game world four-times larger than The Commonwealth of Fallout 4.
Game Reporter broke the story on Wes' battle with cancer, his love of Fallout and his fears that he would never get a chance to play the game he had pre-ordered. This prompted his parents to reach out to the publishers of Fallout 76, Bethesda Game Studios, to ask if there was a chance that Wes might get the game ahead of everyone else. To their surprise, the company was quick to respond in the affirmative, and his parents detailed the company's actions on a Facebook page devoted to Wes' battle with Neuroblastoma.
Assistant Director Matt Grandstaff made the four hour journey to Wes' home. While he didn't have a complete version of the game to give Wes, he was able to deliver a working copy which Wes was able to play for several hours. He also delivered a prototype of the Power Armor Helmet prop that was meant to be one of the exclusives in the rare collector's edition of the game which Wes had ordered. As an added bonus, the prop had been signed by Todd Howard - Director and Executive Producer of Bethesda Game Studios, and the director of all the Fallout games produced by the company.
This sort of generosity is commonplace at Bethesda Game Studios, though the company is as secretive about its charitable efforts as it is the development of its games. Nevertheless, it was revealed earlier this year that the company does a lot of work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sick children with dreams of being game designers are routinely allowed behind-the-scenes at Bethesda, with their visits being arranged on the sly so as to allow the families privacy during what is meant to be a special moment. In Wes's case, since he was too ill to make the journey to Bethesda's offices, Grandstaff brought Bethesda to Wes. The future of Fallout 76 may be bleak, but it's not too late to help Wes see a better tomorrow. Interested parties can contribute to a Go Fund Me page that has been set up to help Wes and his family pay his medical bills. Well wishes can also be sent to Wes, via his Facebook page.
Source: Game Informer