A dog by name Dogmeat is an important part of the video game Fallout 4, a it is inspired by the appearance and behavior of a pet who has spent his life in the real world.
Ex Fallout developer Joel Burgess announced on his Twitter profile that the German Shepherd River, who inspired the character of the dog from the game, died and eventually became an important part of the team. In a series of posts, he pointed out how much the dog influenced how Dogmeat looks and behaves during the game. He also mentioned that everything happened by accident, since it was not planned for River to serve as an inspiration.
Namely, Burgess is still at the beginning realized that the dog in the game should not be just a weapon, and for that he brought his shepherdess River to the studio. The idea was to tie other team members to it, which proved to be a successful plan – the more the others became attached to River, the more they began to realize that Dogmeat was not just a weapon.
I said goodbye today to River, who most of you know as Fallout 4’s Dogmeat.
Heartbroken doesn’t cover it, but I won’t eulogize her here. For twitter, I thought it’d be appropriate to look back at her impact on that game.
(plus, writing about game dev hurts less than grieving) pic.twitter.com/ayN1Vd6oqQ
— Joel Burgess (@JoelBurgess) june 27, 2021
Obviously, Dogmeat is physically reminiscent of River, but that’s not all – real-life audio recordings were also used for the game, thanks to which a fictional and a real dog sound the same. So man’s best friend from Fallout 4 it is not like any other dog from a video game, but a memory of a pet that separated from its owner only when there was no choice.
River, the real-life dog that was the inspiration for Fallout 4’s Dogmeat, has passed away, and Fallout 4’s senior designer has shared a thread on Twitter that honored her life with images, behind-the-scenes stories, and much more. ♥ https://t.co/lfhqjixmHY pic.twitter.com/0kUVivyUa9
— IGN (@IGN) june 27, 2021
Source: PC Press by pcpress.rs.
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