Fallout 76 is yet to hit the shelves but that hasn’t stopped Bethesda from promising an eternity of support for the online survival game. Or, at least, for as long as there’s interest.
During an interview with GameSpot, Pete Hines struggled to find the words to answer how long the studio will continue to prop up their upcoming title. He did, at least, refrain from using the old adage ‘how long’s a piece of string’, mind you.
“How long is [Fallout 76] going to be up? Forever,” he said. “I don’t know how to give an answer other than that. It’s not like anybody makes a game and goes, ‘Well this is going to make it for 10 years if we’re lucky.’ “
The Vice President of the studio then went on to draw comparisons with World of Warcraft and its apparent infinite longevity, though again stopped short of mentioning the top dog in the online sphere, Grand Theft Auto Online.
Due to the mandatory internet connection, games such as Fallout 76 require the development company to pay for servers so long as they wish for the game to continue. Inevitably, all such companies end up weighing that cost up against their newer releases, which are likely to boast healthier player bases. And thus there usually comes a time when the severs are turned off and support discontinued.
This is something not lost on Hines, who admitted the day may come when the servers are no longer viable. But he also reinforced the company’s commitment to Fallout 76, which he described as potentially “never ending”.
“We’re going to keep going as long as people keep playing it and it shows no sign of slowing down,” he added. “Once we get to private servers or whatever happens in the years following; I don’t know. Maybe there’s a point where it doesn’t matter. But … this is a massive franchise and a massive undertaking, and our commitment to it is it is never-ending, and that it continues on an ongoing basis.”
It sounds as though Bethesda have grand plans for their exclusively online foray. But will the reviews think otherwise? Luckily we don’t have long to wait now.
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