Bethesda Lets 12-Year-Old With Terminal Cancer Play Fallout 76 Early
Wes, a 12-year-old boy from Virginia, didn't think he would get a chance to play Fallout 76. Battling stage four neuroblastoma (a rare form of cancer), doctors recently told Wes' family that they thought it was best to end treatment.
With Fallout 76 only coming out in November, Wes was unsure he would ever get a chance to play the game he'd pre-ordered. That is, until Bethesda made it possible. A Facebook post from Wes' parents details how Bethesda's assistant director Matt Grandstaff drove four hours from the company's headquarters to Wes' home.
Grandstaff brought with him a copy of the game, along with a prototype of the Power Armor helmet that is due to release with the Power Armor Edition of the game – and to top it off, it was signed by Todd Howard.
EuroGamer reported earlier this year that Bethesda often opens its studio doors to terminally ill children. It's part of Bethesda's support of the Make-A-Wish foundation. However, because Wes was too sick to make it to the studio in Maryland, Bethesda brought Fallout 76 to Wes.
Although it was too early for Wes to keep the game, "just those hours of playtime made him happier than you know," reads the Facebook post.
Wes' family runs a GoFundMe page, where they raise money in order to pay living expenses and the costs of traveling to and from doctor visits in New York City.
For more on Fallout 76, read our in-depth feature about what you can expect. Fallout 76 releases on November 14 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.