Fans can celebrate the launch of the long-awaited Fallout 4 with a perception-boosting bottle of Nuka-Cola Quantum. There's no RadAway required after ingesting this radiation-free refreshment.
Some Fallout fans may wish to stock their vaults with Nuka-Cola ahead of the game's launch, so they might wander the wastelands in search of the blue beverage. However, the game and drink will both launch on Nov. 10.
So what is Nuka-Cola Quantum?
It's the stuff Fallout 3's most devout fans fanned out across the Capital Wasteland in search of in order to quench the thirst of hoarder Sierra Petrovita and to complete the associated mission in the game.
In fiction, this bright-blue concoction was created by John-Caleb Bradberton in 2044 and, after polling the public, was given its iconic blue color in 2052. The soda was later saturated with twice the carbs, calories, caffeine and flavor to give fans more of what they craved -- there's also a touch of strontium-90 for a radioactive kick.
Plain old Nuka-Cola is fairly common in Fallout 3 and Fallout 3: New Vegas, but the Quantum version of the soft drink is rare.
Consuming Nuka Cola Quantum gives players a boost of 20 Action Points for four minutes, along with slapping them with 10 radiation points. The Action Points boost the player's ability to target the weak points on their enemies, be it a head or a torso or a limb.
In real life, Nuka-Cola Quantum is a temporary rebranding of Jones Soda Company's Berry Lemonade soft drink. There's some cane sugar, artificial flavors, natural flavors, carbonated water, modified food starch, preservatives, Blue 1 food coloring, citric acid and absolutely no radiation.
What is Fallout 4 and why is it so Popular?
Developer Bethesda Softworks revisited the top down fallout-series with the game's third installment, building out apocalyptic role playing game in an open world environment with a first-person perspective.
The Fallout games take place after a nuclear catastrophe, leaving humanity to hunker in bunker and whatever else is left exposed to the radioactive fallout to mutate into generally hostile entities. Like most role playing games, players level up different attributes of their characters as they hunt and loot as well as craft tools and weapons with whatever items they can find.
Fallout 4 (PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) will drop players into a post-apocalyptic Boston on Nov. 10. Like its predecessors, the game will live in an alternative universe with tons of steam-punk items such as the bulky piece of wearable tech known as the Pip-Boy (Personal Information Processor).
The game is done, though Bethesda is still looking for and squashing bugs ahead of the launch. Taking lessons learned from the post launch issues with Skyrim, Bethesda is hoping for a much less buggy user experience with Fallout 4, according to Game Director Todd Howard.
"For us, [the player's] saved game is the number one thing," said Howard. "If the game crashes, that's bad. But it is nowhere near as bad as someone's saved game being hosed. That's our scenario that we will do anything and everything to avoid. We made a lot of progress given how Skyrim went, but we did it during Skyrim. This just builds on that."