Bethesda Can’t Produce More Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Editions Despite Fan Outcry

Fans of the Fallout franchise are eagerly awaiting the release of Fallout 4, and if you were lucky enough to secure a pre-order for the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition, pat yourself on the back on a job well done. You may also want to gloat on Twitter and/or send your condolences to everyone else who missed out on the $119 bundle, because when Bethesda warned that quantities would be very limited, it wasn't kidding.

Retailers are sold out of the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition bundle, and no, Bethesda won't be producing more of them. It's not because Bethesda doesn't want to, it's because the company can't. Demand was so high for the special edition bundle that Bethesda simply ran out of capacity to produce more.

Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition

"We reached a point where we'd go back to the factories and they were like, 'Guys, this is it, sorry. This is as long as we can run the lines and as many of them as we can make'," Bethesda's Marketing VP Pete Hines told GameSpot.

Put another way, this isn't an artificial shortage. Bethesda would love to offer more, but as it stands, the factories producing these things are not only at capacity, they're still building product to meet the repeated increased orders that Bethesda placed. They've even had to shuffle things around by moving projects off or shifting them to other factories, according to Hines.

"I keep seeing stuff about, 'Oh, you only did a few thousand'," Hines added. "No -- we did a ton of these things. I think we did more of these things than we did for any collector's edition we've ever done, ever."

Fallout Anthology

If you missed out on the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition but still want a collectible, you can either pay the inflated prices that will inevitably show up on eBay, or keep your eyes peeled for Bethesda's Fallout Anthology, a $50 package that will include Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout Tactics, Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, and Fallout New Vegas: Ultimate Edition in a collectible Fan Man mini-nuke. No, it doesn't come with Fallout 4, but the mini-nuke is pretty rad, and it includes a placeholder for Fallout 4, should you order it on disc.