Fallout 76 was mysteriously teased not long ago, but we have a lot more details after Todd Howard’s E3 2018 presentation. First, it’s coming November 14th, and it will be a game that can be played solo or with friends. Howard stressed that every person you see in the game is real.
The game has a lot of changes from previous titles in the series. To start, it’s a prequel to all other Fallout titles. It is four times the size of Fallout 4. It is set in West Virginia and has six distinct zones for you to explore. West Virginia’s lore is also used in the creation of some of the new creatures.
Bethesda is using a lot of new tech. They have added new rendering, lighting, and landscaping technologies with sixteen times the detail of previous games. If that makes you nervous, you are not alone. Howard referenced that Bethesda games are rumored to have bugs, so there will be a beta before release.
Fallout 76 is the story of Vault 76. It housed the “best and brightest” and kept them underground for 25 years. On Reclamation Day, the vault opens and everyone runs out to put society back together again. Based on the future, that didn’t work out so well. Not everyone is nice, but a bullet seems to solve the manners’ problem.
As far as online features, your progress will go with you. Your character is not tied to a server. This is one giant world with 100% dedicated servers, and you can team up with your friends to take on quests and creatures. Based on what I could see in the trailer, it will probably be necessary to take on the harder quests with any chance of survival.
Nuclear missiles will also be scattered throughout the world. You will need to collect launch codes, but you and a group of players can pool your codes. You can pick any target on the map and create some chaos. Other than eliminating everything in the immediate radius, special resources will be available at the site.
What’s a bomb without something to destroy? Building makes an appearance in Fallout 76, but it is much more than the previous game. You can build a shelter, setup defenses, and even move your home. You can build anywhere in the game, so stake your claim on the best spots.
Finally, there will be an amazing special edition to buy. It will come with a glow in the dark map, 24 figurines, a Steelbook case, and a wearable T-51 power armor helmet. It has a working light and voice modulation. We don’t have a cost yet, but don’t kid yourself. It’s going to be very pricey.
I expect even more information and clarification to come out over the next few days. This is a Fallout game, so I expect some to rejoice and others to cry. Regardless of your emotional state, Fallout 76 will be released on November 14th.
Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.