Now that the speculation has settled, and Bethesda’s E3 Conference is over. We can really start too analyze what Fallout 76 truly is. Fallout 76 is a Online, Open World, Survival, FPS.
It takes place in the state of West Virginia, 25 years after the Nuclear Bombs were detonated. You start out the game in a vault, after Reclamation Day, the day you venture forth into the wasteland to rebuild. Now lets start with the Good.
With Fallout 76 being an online only title, it will allow Bethesda Game Studious to do things that they have never been able to do before in the Fallout Universe. It allowed them to build a map four times (Yes four times) the size of Fallout 4. Which makes it the biggest Map for a Fallout game to date. Todd Howard himself said that the online mechanic allows the world to have 16 times the details than Fallout 4. That is amazing considering Fallout 4’s detailing. Fallout 76 is also the first Fallout game to include Multiplayer.
That is very exciting to me. I’ve longed for the feeling of having me and my friends shred through a Death claw with Gatling Laser. But you and your friends are not alone. There will also be dozens of other Waste landers (Players) wandering the wasteland, rebuilding.
They could be friendly, or they can be hostile. This game is largely focused on base building. One of the features briefly explained at BE3 was the fact that you will be able to build anywhere you desire. You can build in a barn, in a old military base, on top of a mountain, even in a Nuclear Missile Silo. Yes, that’s right, I said Nuclear Missile. There will be multiple silo’s containing Nuclear missiles spaced across the map. You with your friends, or you alone, can gather the launch codes, and fire a nuke anywhere on the map. If their just happens to be a certain player trolling you non-stop, just nuke him. It’s that easy.
Your friends progress in your world will be saved into his and vice versa. With the game being set in West Virginia, Bethesda announced that they would be taking advantage of the lore’s about creatures like moth man, and creating them for the game.
Now for the bad. Vats will not be returning in this game, but due to it being multiplayer its understandable. expanding Your base will always be vulnerable even if you are offline. Anybody or anything at any moment could destroy it all, unless you’ve worked on defense’s of course. Which will probably get annoying real fast. The game is of course fully online, with no offline single-player mode, which was very disappointing to a lot of people, including me.
Fallout is known for its strong single-player experience, and changing that is a very risky move by Bethesda, but it could turn out to be a good move for the franchise. We will have to see. With it being online only that brings in servers, which means this game will not be supported forever. Many fans were disappointed when the release date of November 14, 2018 was announced. Many were hoping for and expecting a late July Release date. With the game being set earlier than other Fallout games, that means that most of the factions, and mutant creatures we are accustomed to seeing will not have existed yet.
They did show gameplay, which wasn’t really anything new since it runs on the same engine as fallout 4 did, but they did show some monsters, and they were very, very scary looking. We were also shown a glimpse at the sights of the game, and it’s nature shots looked ten times better than Fallout 4.
Fallout 76 is setting up to be a pretty great game, and we will see if it lives up to the hype. I’ll see you out their waste lander.