At a panel that took placeover the weekend, game director Todd Howard revealed that Fallout 4 will contain twelve different companions, of which you'll be able to pick one at a time to accompany you around the game's new and improved radioactive wasteland.
Only two have been revealed so far; one is Preston Garvey, the leader of a faction called The Commonwealth of Minutemen, and the other is Piper, an investigative reporter. I had no idea journalism was still a thing in a world where you run the risk of being devoured by a gigantic scorpion every time you nip out to the shops.
Howard also revealed that every single companion in the game is romanceable, though there will be a special perk of some description if you prefer to go solo. So to speak. Perhaps the most important revelation, however, is that your robotic palcan be programmed to call you one of a thousand or so common names, along with a handful of slightly ruder options, including "Boobies", "McFly", and "F*** Face".
Nice to see Bethesda correctly anticipating the maturity of its player base there. Fallout 4 drops on November 6, for PC and consoles.