River, the model and inspiration dog for Fallout 4's Dogmeat, is dead. Developer Joel Burgess, who owned River, announced the death on Twitter and reviewed River's impact on the development of Fallout 4 as a constant presence for the development team to understand a fellow gos. River was also filmed, recorded and saw his behavior as a reference for Dogmeat.
I said goodbye to River today, which most of you know as Fallout 4's Dogmeat. Heartbroken doesn't cover it, but I won't praise it here. For twitter, I thought it would be appropriate to look back at its impact on this game.June 27, 2021
In that Twitter thread, Burgess delves into the details of how River influenced his desire to make a dog companion in Fallout 4 more than a weapon, but a true friend of the player. Bringing the personality of a loving, protective, and outgoing dog to Fallout 4 was one of Burgess’s design goals for the character, so River’s look atThe movements, but the most important of the personality, were reflected in the character of the game. Dogmeat’s propensity to bring you large objects, even objects you didn’t want, was based on River.
"River loved to make people happy … sometimes by bringing us big objects. His intentions were pure, but his judgment was not always perfect," said Burgess, accompanied by a image of River carrying a large trunk.
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Similarly, a walk with animator Jean Simonet inspired Dogmeat's behavior: River often walked in front of Burgess, but always stopped to look back and check it out.
River's behavior in the game is also based on the behavior of the German Shephards, protective dogs that will be placed between what they want to protect and danger. Dog meat does just that. "This not only gave Dogmeat a distinctive fighting style from other companion NPCs; it was a character choice," Burgess said.
Dog meat is a bond. It puts you in the world, will always stand by you, lead you to your family and anticipate your needs. He wants you to be safe and happy, that is, he loves you. And if love is River's legacy, I'm happy. Rest in peace, big girl. pic.twitter.com/XiUszPtOnMJune 27, 2021
It’s never easy to lose a friend, especially when this one is a constant companion like a dog. Our heart goes out to Joel Burgess and everyone who knew River. Raise a glass in River’s memory today. As a Dogmeat, at the very least, it can continue to bring joy to people (and big sticks) for years to come.