Bethesda is changing the way players think about armor in the Fallout series. In previous entries, armor (sans headgear) was equipped and unequipped as a single set. Customizing a player’s unique look was limited to combinations of body armor and headgear. In Fallout 4, Bethesda has cranked customization up to 11 and allows players to express themselves by selecting armor in the following slots:
- Right Arm
- Left Arm
- Right Leg
- Left Leg
From the screen shot above, you can see a couple new additions to the Fallout 4 armor system. The first thing that jumps out is the Vault 111 suit that is used as a sort of “base layer” if you will. Each slot described above is then customized with an additional layer of leather armor pieces. Beyond basic appearance customization, it can be assumed that this layering system will allow players the freedom to tweak stat combinations and damage thresholds associated with the different armor slots.
An example of the Sole Survivor wearing the Vault 111 jump suit and some leather armor layered over his chest and right arm:
Another new addition comes in the form of wearable jewelry. As you can see from the Pip-Boy, the Sole Survivor has a wedding ring equipped. I can only imagine what sort of valuables and stat bonuses you’ll be able to find and equip in this slot as your character progresses.