It’s only natural that Bethesda’s E3 2018 Conference focus largely on one of their largest franchises. Fallout 76 has been hotly anticipated since its reveal, and Bethesda game director Todd Howard was proud enough to explain the game.
Fallout 76 takes place 20 years after the nuclear bombs dropped, and begins at Vault 76. Just as Fallout lore stated, Vault 76 was the first vault to open after the nuclear disaster, and the vault-dwellers within were the first group of people to begin retaking the surface world. Players of the game are also given the same mission, and will be setting off to West Virginia, a map four times larger than Fallout 4 (with good reason).
Fallout 76 is an online multiplayer game, but Todd Howard stressed that, despite its online requirement, the game can be played solo. The online aspect isn’t akin to MMOs, but rather more of a “shared world” game like Destiny or Warframe. Players will only see a dozen or so players in a shared map, rather than thousands. But this doesn’t ensure that the other players will be as cordial, since the gameplay did show an open PVP aspect. Despite its online survival motif, death in Fallout 76 doesn’t mean the end for your character. Player progression is saved regardless of where you are and what happens to your character.
Base building is also involved. Players can settle and construct their bases anywhere in the open world, but the settlement isn’t permanent too. The bases are portable and mobile, meaning players may see a different set of bases every visit.
Amping up the PVP ante is the presence of inactive nuclear warheads littered around the open world. Players have the optional task of collecting nuclear launch codes. Once completed, the codes must be entered in the launch console. It’s up to the player which area to target, be it a settlement, a random area, or a specific player (how cruel).
Fallout 76 will have a Break-it Early Test Application… a beta test! As Todd Howard jokingly pointed out, “I’ve read on the internet that our games have a few bugs. Sometimes it doesn’t just work.” Details on the beta are scarce, but we’ll probably see it open soon.
Fallout 76 will be released for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC this November 14, 2018. A Collectors Edition is also announced, containing a lifesize wearable Power Armor Helmet (with a working headlamp and voice modulator), a glow-in-the-dark map, a duffel bag, steel case, Fallout collectible figurines, exclusive in-game items, access to the beta, and a cardboard box to pack everything in.