Fallout 76 Will Be Entirely Online, Releasing November 14th
Anybody catch the Bethesda E3 press conference the other night? It was conference filled with quite a few big announcements, such as multiple expansion games for Wolfenstein 2, a new DOOM game, a new Bethesda original IP, and the Elder Scrolls 6. What got the most focus during the show was, of course, Fallout 76. Game Director Todd Howard took to the stage for the info, revealing multiple important things about Fallout 76 that have only been speculation up to this point. Here's the full rundown of what all we know now, complete with a nice gameplay trailer that finally shows Fallout 76 in action.
According to Howard, Fallout 76 will make history for the Fallout franchise by being the first ever online Fallout game. What this means is that, whilst playing the game, you'll stumble across dozens of other players in the world playing as well. You have the option to play Fallout 76 entirely solo if you prefer, but teaming up with others online is also a choice. The game will feature some survival elements, so teaming up with other people can make this a bit easier. The game is a prequel to every other Fallout game and is 4 times larger than the already-massive size of Fallout 4. As a former resident of Vault 76, your character is tasked with rebuilding the Wasteland, since Vault 76 served as a support vault for this purpose after the bombs fell.
Fallout 76 also features a very hefty focus on building and creating, a mechanic that was dabbled in some with Fallout 4. It's gotten expanded and deepened greatly for 76 however, allowing players to build whatever they want wherever they want in the world. A nuclear missile site feature allows players to use those to blow up certain areas of the map. There are 6 regions in total on the map, each with their own distinct qualities and areas. The online features of Fallout 76 follow a similar trend to a couple of other games shown at E3 this year, such as Anthem, all of which feature open online worlds that can be experienced and shared with others.
Luckily, the information didn't stop there, as Todd Howard was keen to reveal everything we need to know about the game's release. Fallout 76 will come out November 14th late this year, following the same pattern as Fallout 4's November release in 2015. It will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Fans will get to play the game before launch, as there will be a beta some point later this year, though the date wasn't given. If you want to participate in the beta, all you have to do is pre-order the game. Due to Fallout 76's online nature, holding a beta for stress test reasons is pretty important, and Howard stated that the game will have dedicated servers. You can get the standard version of the game if you prefer, but Bethesda unveiled a collector's edition called the Power Armor Edition. It comes with a steelbook case, glow-in-the-dark map of the game's world, 24 figurines, a duffel bag, bonus items, and most crazy of all: a wearable T-51b power armor helmet. You can view the full E3 trailer below, which sets the tone nicely for a Fallout game!