A couple of months ago, the Reddit user NoohjXLVII (AKA Andy) wrote a message on the site’s official Fallout 4 subreddit explaining how he used the post-apocalyptic RPG’s Automatron DLC to cope with the death of his father last year by creating a bipedal sentry bot and naming it after him so they could travel the Wasteland together. Sadly, NoohjXLVII’s grief didn’t end there, as the post went on to detail the tragic passing of his younger brother Evan due to complications with diabetes.
Incidentally, Fallout 4‘s developer Bethesda eventually came across NoohjXLVII’s testimonial about his father and brother on Reddit, and the company decided to create an Easter egg in the game to honor the kind, loving, and optimistic spirit of Evan. In order to do so, the action-RPG’s creators gave NoohjXLVII’s brother his own home within the title’s latest expansion, Nuka-World.
As seen in the video from the YouTuber known as “Father” below, Fallout 4 players can visit Evan at his humble trailer abode in the southern-most area of Nuka-World’s map, and even have a tender, soft-spoken conversation with him. As it happens, Evan contains so much open-hearted goodwill that simply for stopping by and being his company, he will reward fans with a treasure of the secret recipe for Nuka-Love.
This week, NoohjXLVII went back to the Fallout 4 subreddit to share another message regarding Bethesda’s response to him about including Evan in the Nuka-World DLC. Although the Redditor made note of the fact that the character model for his brother is “too skinny,” he thanked the developer for memorializing his sibling, as the NPC was a solid depiction of the overall essence of Evan. According to NoohjXLVII, not only was his brother the gentle, helpful individual found in Fallout 4, but also he was smart and incredibly witty, as the Redditor wrote, “The words they use sound exactly like him, however he was also a pretty funny guy, full of puns. Thank you again Bethesda, I am forever in your debt.”
Beyond Fallout 4‘s in-game tribute to Evan, Bethesda also sent NoohjXLVII a lovely little care package that had a handwritten letter from the development team in it, as well myriad toys, a t-shirt, the game’s soundtrack, and an Xbox One controller with a blue and yellow color scheme and a Vault Boy design on it. The entirety of the package that the studio sent to NoohjXLVII can be found right here in this Imgur post.
While this isn’t the first time that a video game developer has used its title to make affecting in-game tributes to gamers who have passed away, Bethesda’s respectful treatment of Evan’s likeness and tasteful gesture of recreating his being in Fallout 4 is undoubtedly appreciated by NoohjXLVII and his relatives. Those who want to contribute additional support Evan’s family can do so thanks to the impromptu benefit created for them by the man’s friends through Gofundme.
Fallout 4 is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Source: Reddit, Father – YouTube (via Eurogamer, GameSpot)