Well I'll be. The scheme to get Fallout 4 using only bottlecaps actually worked!
For those of you that haven't been following this: last week, a Redditor shared pictures of a shipment that was being sent to Bethesda by a friend. It included a letter, and a package containing about 2240 bottlecaps. Real ones. From beers and drinks and such. The intention was, of course, to see if they could pre-order Fallout 4 using Fallout's trademark currency. The fan said that it took them years to amass that many caps. It was a fun stunt that had no guarantee of working...but it looks like the effort was not in vain.
"[Bethesda] told me since I was the first person to do this, I would be receiving a copy of the game this November, and that [they] would be running my caps over to deposit them at the People's Bank of Point Lookout," GatorMacheteJr wrote.
Global community lead at Bethesda Matt Grandstaff confirmed this on Twitter, and also shared pictures of the bounty:
— Matt Grandstaff (@gstaffinfection) June 24, 2015
— Matt Grandstaff (@gstaffinfection) June 25, 2015
Now the question is: will the fan get a regular copy of Fallout 4, or will it be the highly coveted Pip-Boy edition? Also: how many copycats will this inspire? Poor Grandstaff. Hope you're ready for way more bottlecaps from hopeful fans!