That was not the reason for it, Bethesda fallouts did not use shooting mechanics like "you point, you hit" it was more if your stats say you will miss, you will miss even if you are 1inch away from the enemy. NewVegas added actual aiming and using sights, so they are capable of doing it properly even when using ****ty engine
I would imagine allowing both FPV and TPV iisn't just a cosmetic change and it would generally screw up the shooting mechanics, for at least one of the perspectives. The Bethesda Fallout games, for instance, had terrible shooting, and I can only assume the ability to use both perspectives was part of it.
I don't think that was true outside of vats. I seem to recall skills affecting damage but not whether you could hit your target or not. Or perhaps that was just in New Vegas.
In any case, the aiming mechanics for third person shouldn't be the same as for first person. Allowing for the two should impact the design significantly.
I played Fallout:NV without using VATS just fine (I don't like VATS at all), the shooting mechanics were ok without it. I mean, it wasn't true fps shooter smooth, but it worked fine/wasn't a problem. But yeah that's not the same thing as 3rd person combat visual design/mechanics.
I remember when people wanted Borderlands in 3rd person. You could force it using some dev commands or something (I don't remember exactly) but while it sorta worked, it looked and felt awkward (aiming was off by a mile) and was obviously "unfinished"/not meant to be played that way. The indie survival alpha game 7 Days to Die also had a crude 3rd person that they tried to test but it was barely functional and they've never tried to improve it so hardly anyone uses it. It would definitely impact time/work to make both 1st and 3rd feel and behave "right".
Could they do both? Yes, if they felt it was worth their time and the way they've set up gameplay would work with both. No idea if they will, however.
As to viewing your character - I only care about that if they make fashion a big deal in the game. Why bother with collectable funny wizard hats or recoloring clothing (as example) if I can't see it. Especially if it's not even MP where at least you're dressing up for other players. Might've been ok in the paper-doll only days but not so much now, for me. That said, an idle/non-combat vanity-camera would be fine.
Edited by LadyCrimson, 11 December 2018 - 05:19 AM.