Some Features Will Be Missing From This Fallout
Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard and the Vault-Tec voiceover guy brought a lot of new info in Fallout 76 during the Bethesda E3 press conference. However, a few aspects of the experience were just left out of the talk; among them, how quests, VATS, and mods will work. Howard spoke a little more with Geoff Keighley over at YouTube Live E3.
Though there will be quests, they won’t be given by human NPCs. “There is a questline. There are no human NPCs but there’ll be robots, terminals, holotapes and therefore questlines,” Todd Howard said. Rather than give us the opportunity to engage enemies in slow-motion, VATS this time around will be a specialization. The director clarified, saying “VATS will work in real-time, it will be different but if you are not that good with shooters you can specialize your character to be good at using VATS.”
Despite the fact that Fallout 76 will be an always-online game, Bethesda remains dedicated to letting the players play their way. This is evidenced by customization, personalization, and the building system—all of which will be upheld by dedicated servers. Moreover, Howard expressed the team’s desire to retain mods even in this iteration. “We’re committed to doing mods, but not at launch,” he said. “You’ll eventually be able to have your own private world and mod it.”
Due to the lack of NPC interactions in Fallout 76, it seems the experience will facilitate a true departure from the franchise. Without non-player characters, the game will function less like an RPG. Instead, it’s opting for more of a sandbox world you can explore with your friends. Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below. Expect Fallout 76 to release for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 14, 2018. A Beta is accessible through Bethesda.net, and the game is already available for pre-order.
Also announced at Bethesda’s E3 conference were Starfield and the Elder Scrolls VI. We expect to learn a little bit more about these titles during E3 proceedings, so stay tuned. For now, all we can say is that Starfield is playable and the next Elder Scrolls is a long ways off.