Wes Pak is a 12-year-old who’s been fighting terminal neuroblastoma since age five, according to his family’s GoFundMe, and recently saw his illness take a turn for the worse. One of his first realizations was that he might not get to play the new Fallout game, which releases on Nov. 14 and that he had preordered back in June.
But Bethesda Assistant Director Matt Grandstaff had a surprise for him. As documented in a Facebook post, Grandstaff hand-delivered “the first prototype of the power armor helmet” that’ll be included for fans that pre-ordered the most decked-out edition of the game.
It’s the Full-Scale Wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet (signed by Bethesda director and executive producer Todd Howard) and it looks almost as awesome as Bethesda’s gesture. Along with the helmet, Grandstaff brought along a version of the game, which Pak played for a few hours alongside the Bethesda contingent — though he didn’t get to keep it.
With Fallout 76 being sold as an intensely multiplayer experience, it makes sense that wandering around as a single player wouldn’t be worth hanging on to without others, especially if the online support isn’t 100 percent up and running. That said, getting a little taste of the wasteland was enough to make this gamer’s wish come true.