Initially revealed last week, Fallout 76 has been the source of much speculation for the past few days. Tonight Bethesda has taken the lid off.
Speaking at Bethesda’s E3 2018 showcase, game director Todd Howard announced that Fallout 76 is a game played “entirely online.” Every inhabitant of Vault 76 is a real person — just like the player. That isn’t to say its a massively multiplayer game though — it’s more like a “shared world” shooter, similar to games like Destiny – as offputting as that may sound. When you play the game, you’ll be on a map with a dozen or so other players. Not hundreds, not thousands – just a dozen. It is the apocalypse, after all.
What those other players do, however? Well, that’s up to them. They might be your allies against an unforgiving wasteland, or your rivals for territory and land. And there’s a lot of land, too — just as Bethesda announced during Microsoft’s Xbox Event, the game is four times larger than Fallout 4. It needs to be. The game doubles down on he building mechanic introduced in the last game: players will be able to build bases and settlements in their shared online world.
On the opposite side, judging by the revealed footage so far, real people will also be able to shoot you. It’s unclear whether or not the game will have separate PVP or PVE servers, a detail which Todd did not cover, but he did state that the game will be run entirely on dedicated servers so it’s a possibility. And because real people can kill you, there’s a feature included in the game where you can – after some effort – gain access to one of many active nuclear missile silos scattered around, and wipe a target of your choosing off the map, like the capital city of West Virginia – Columbia.
You can also build anywhere you want to, at all. Using a mobile C.A.M.P, similar to the franchises G.E.C.K miracle devices, a c.a.m.p will let you set up a base anywhere it is placed. That settlement can also be packed up and carried with you,, and resettled somewhere else.
There’s still much to learn about the game, and a beta coming, but Fallout 76 releases November 14th and the collector’s edition itself has already been shown at the conference. No price is mentioned but it comes with a map of the world, which glows in the dark; some army men style figures to use on the map, and a functional power armor helmet with a voice modulator and working head lamp.
Stay tuned for more details.