Fallout 4 dev responds to graphics, gameplay criticisms

"Everybody is entitled to their opinion."

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When Bethesda announced Fallout 4 earlier this summer, not everyone was pleased with the post-apocalyptic role-playing game's graphics and gameplay. Now, Bethesda marketing chief Pete Hines has responded to those criticisms as part of a new interview, saying it "definitely doesn't upset us."

Speaking with Metro, Hines -- a 16-year video game industry veteran -- said he's not surprised that some people are upset. After all, gaming is a form of entertainment, and you can't please everyone.

"As with most forms of entertainment, you never get 100 percent agreement on anything," he said. "And so, at the end of the day, whether it's what the graphics look like or whether the gameplay is what you want or whether you like the setting, or whatever it is, everybody is entitled to their opinion."

Speaking at E3 in June, game director Todd Howard said Fallout 4's graphics might not the best they could be. But dialing things back in terms of visuals was necessary for the benefit of other game systems.

Some fans have also taken issue with the way in which they perceive Fallout 4's gameplay to be too similar to its 2008 predecessor, Fallout 3. Hines said he's not surprised, as Bethesda's goal with Fallout 4, overall, is for it to come across as "a mix of familiar and different."

"I mean, certainly it ought to look and feel familiar," he said. "If you played Fallout 3 you ought to be able to see things that are recognizable or similar or whatever. Because we didn't make a completely different game. But at the same time, when you're playing it it's a mix of familiar and different. There are things that are the same and there are things that are very different."

Those things are difficult to demonstrate in a single, short video, like the one Bethesda released at E3. The company hasn't shared any other official gameplay footage yet, though some recently leaked. Once you finally get to play Fallout 4, however, you should realize that it's not at all a copy/paste of Fallout 3.

"If you jump into the game and you play it for an extended period of time you'll start to feel the differences and how much some things have changed," he said.

In other recent Fallout 4 news, Bethesda says it will not talk much more about the game's story in the lead-up to launch. In addition, although Bethesda does have DLC plans in place for Fallout 4, the development team's principal focus right now is on getting the core game out the door in November.

You can also enter a contest to win some Fallout 4 goodies, including the ultra-rare Pip-Boy Edition. In addition, Bethesda says it will announce the game's PC specs sometime in October.

The Fallout 4 release date is set for November 10 across PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.