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How the Character System Works in Fallout 4

Bethesda have revealed how you will be able to upgrade your character in Fallout 4 using the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system. Much like the one in Fallout 3, the updates make for a more interesting experience.

In the video, as well as the update that Bethesda have posted what we see is what happens when we add a Perk to the character. We are given a view of the poster, much like you can see below. The user will select what they want to add and this will adapt their character.


It is interesting to see that the experience of the character has been adapted to perform much like Skyrim’s rather than Fallout 3. This makes for a faster growth of experience. I’m sure when fans are trying to gain their perks will work hard to build up experience as quickly as possible. With each S.P.E.C.I.A.L ability having 10 Perks there will be a total of 70 base Perks. With the added Perk ranks this brings the number up to 270.

What this reveals is that there is a lot of complicated systems at work in building up your character, and plenty to do. As with previous games when your character is first finalised you’ll have to set your based S.P.E.C.I.A.L point assignments. From there you’ll start to build up your character and add the Perks.

Another announcement made is that anybody who has pre-ordered a physical version of the game will get a copy of the Perks poster. This will make it easier to work out what selections you want to make during the game.

While the update from Bethesda does go into a lot of complicated details, it is well worth a read if you are interested in the Perk system.

Are you looking forward to levelling up your Fallout 4 character? Let us know your thoughts on the new system below.