Fallout 76 Will Not Be a Single-Player Experience
Bethesda did something out of the blue by bringing us a Fallout tease, yesterday morning. Afterward, the company slipped a livestream under the radar, which managed to grab the attention of over 140,000 viewers. Nearly a day later, Bethesda Game Studios finally announced Fallout 76. Prior to the reveal,— and even now—fans suspected a Fallout remaster or a spin-off single-player adventure. However, sources claim it’s something entirely different.
According to nameless sources over at Kotaku, Fallout 76 is an online survival game like DayZ and Rust. The adventure is set approximately 20 years after the initial Fallout event: “When the fighting has stopped, and the fallout has settled…” according to the trailer narrator. The name takes after Vault 76, a location mentioned in Fallout 3 and Fallout 4. Presumably, the aforementioned vault will serve as the starting point for players, before they go out into the post-apocalyptic world and rebuild.
Fallout games typically take place in the far future, around 200 years after nuclear destruction. For Fallout 76, Bethesda seems intent on capturing the world’s early turmoil. Initially modeled as a multiplayer prototype for Fallout 4, Fallout 76’s engine has seen many tweaks over the years. The gameplay mechanics shall thus work differently, insiders say. That said, there will be base building and other familiar mechanics from the last installment, alongside the return of quests and story. Devs mentioned, however, that the gameplay is constantly changing. Since this looks like it will be a multiplayer adventure, I suspect Bethesda Game Studios will abandon the traditional VATS system.
Additionally, the studios behind the current project were names. Fallout 76 is being developed by Bethesda’s primary game studio in Maryland, the same studio behind Skyrim and Fallout 4. They are building the experience alongside Bethesda Games Studios Austin, formerly BattleCry Studios, who were brought into the fold back in March.
Since nothing has been officially confirmed, feel free to take the news with a grain of salt. We’ll learn more about Fallout 76 during Bethesda’s E3 press conference. Keep it locked for details, and let us know your thoughts on this potential online experience.