With Fallout 3, Bethesda included Vault Boy bobbleheads and Vault-Tec lunchboxes in the collector’s edition boxed sets. With Fallout: New Vegas, instead, dedicated fans will get a special treat, the graphic novel All Roads.
All Roads provides background to some Fallout: New Vegas characters and will feature artwork from Geof Darrow (colored by Peter Doherty), Jean Diaz and Wellinton Alves. The story is written by Chris Avellone (also the game’s creative director) and created in conjunction with Dark Horse Comics. Both Geof Darrow and Chris Avellone will be signing special lithographs featuring the full cover art at the Dark Horse booth (Booth #2615) at the International Comic-Con in San Diego, CA (USA)on Saturday, July 24, 2010, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Granted, a graphic novel might have more entertainment value than toys but I have to worry a little bit here. Books of any sort based on computer game licenses have a poor track record. Did anyone read any of the Doom novels? Even the World of Warcraft novels hardly rocked the world in terms of sales, much less popularity. Of course, this is Bethesda, a company that’s basically made of win when it comes to games, and by including the novel in with the box, they’ve assured themselves it will be read, or at least flipped through once while the game installs.
The Fallout: New Vegas collector’s edition, which is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Games for Windows, can be pre-ordered now through participating retailers and is scheduled to release in North America on October 19, 2010, and across Europe on October 22, 2010.