Anyone who is anyone in the gaming industry, be it as a gamer or maker, knows about the Fallout series; if you haven’t, get from under your rock. In the recent announcement of Fallout 4, the limited edition featured a real life Pip-Boy which interacts with your mobile phone thanks to a slot in the top. The limited edition sold out almost instantly; after crashing retailers websites of course.
Bethesda marketing Vice President Pete Hines has stated that the company tried to make as many of the product as possible, selling out instantly in both waves of shipments. The problem it seems is that the factories tasked with producing the iconic plastic shroud were at maximum capacity with pre-existing orders.
“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,'” Hines told GameSpot. “We’d go back to [the factories] and say, ‘Demand for this is insane, we’ve got to make more.’ And they’d move other projects off or shift stuff to other factories and it just came to [them telling Bethesda], ‘Final answer: sorry, this is as many as we can make.’ And we sold every single one of those that we could.”
Before you go shouting on social media that you have a good chance of buying a brand new Pip-Boy, think again, Hines during a conversation with a fan:
@hyliannelf each store is being given their final allotment. how and when they make the available is up to them. but no more are being made
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) June 25, 2015
We could be seeing more remaining stock of Pip-Boy editions hit the shelves, but likely in very small quantities. If you want to get your hands on one; keep your eyes glued to your local resellers and eBay for the possible second-hand purchase.
Thank you to ArsTechnica for providing us with this information.