Bethesda is at capacity for Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Editions, Bethesda’s marketing VP Pete Hines told GameSpot at Quakecon recently. Apparently the factories contracted to create the Pip-Boy wristbands can’t make any more (due to other contractual obligations and such).
When asked if Bethesda was artificially making the Pip-Boy editions rare, Hines said “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.'” He went on to tell Gamespot, “They’re being made today, it’s not like they’re done and sitting in a warehouse. [The factories would tell us,] this is what the yields say. I mean, we don’t make [the Pip-Boy Editions], and 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.”
Evidently the Pip-Boy editions were so popular that Bethesda has made more of them than any other collector’s edition ever.
The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition comes with a special wristband replica of the in-game Pip-Boy that players can strap their smartphones into. It includes an app that is meant to work with the game as a sort of second screen, communicating with the game itself. The app will be available to everyone, but it’s not nearly as cool without the replica. The collector’s edition also comes with a poster and a special case. It is—or was, at any rate—available for $120, but is sold out everywhere; presumably forever.
Fallout 4 will be available November 10 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.