Xbox donates $10K to charity for River, the dog who recently passed away. She was the fellow companion of a former Fallout developer and the inspiration for Fallout 4 Dogmeat.
Dogmeat is a German shepherd that accompanies the players during their journey in Fallout 4. He is a lovely dog that creates a special bond with the player as he helps us during looting, combat, exploration and more.
What’s more interesting about Fallout 4 Dogmeat is that he is actually based on a real dog called River. The team behind Fallout 4 has spent a great amount of time with River and directly transferred her looks and behaviors to our canine companion in the game.
DOGMEAT FOREVER 💚
In honor of River, Xbox and @BethesdaStudios are donating $10,000 to the Montgomery County Humane Society.
— Xbox (@Xbox) July 7, 2021
Though on June 27th River passed away. Joel Burgess who formerly worked on Fallout 4’s development announced the saddening news on his official Twitter account. He also added the amazing impact of River on the game. Her gentle behaviors and the way she helped her owners offered a solid source of inspiration for Fallout 4 Dogmeat. Therefore, in the honor of her passing, Xbox and Bethesda have donated $10.000 to Montgomery County Humane Society.
With the caption DOGMEAT FOREVER, the two companies announced that had donated to MoCo Humane Society and also invited others to do the same. And Michelle Burgess, the owner of River said that they would not be able to guess the massive impact of River on the world.
The friendly nature of River, the way she followed and looked after her owners did not only help the team design Dogmeat, but it also gave players a chance to forge a special bond throughout the game.
Burgess also added that he would go on long walks with River. His fellow companion would frequently stop and look back to make sure that her owner is safe. Dogmeat does exactly the same during Fallout 4 playthrough. The lovely companion of Burgess has unfortunately passed away. Yet Dogmeat will always be there to keep her memory alive for years to come.