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I’m a bit worried about Fallout: 76.

Today was a big day for Bethesda and Bethesda Game Studios because they revealed the newest installment in the Fallout franchise after a 3 year disappearance after the release of Fallout 4. There has been an update concerning Fallout 76 and some leaks that point this to being a Multiplayer game set within the Fallout universe that comes from Jason Schreier who is a reporter at Kotaku. He reported:

But Fallout 76 is in fact an online survival RPG that’s heavily inspired by games like DayZ and Rust, according to three people familiar with the project.

Those people, speaking anonymously so as not to damage their careers, confirmed that Fallout 76 is an experimental new entry in the longrunning post-apocalyptic series. When Bethesda first teased the game on Tuesday morning, fans and pundits speculated that it might be a Fallout 3 remaster or a New Vegas-style spinoff in a new location, but as Kotaku reported that afternoon, it is in fact something completely new and completely different. The teaser might lead Fallout fans to believe that this is a traditional entry in the series, but according to our sources, that’s not the case.

Originally prototyped as a multiplayer version of Fallout 4 with the goal of envisioning what an online Fallout game might look like, Fallout 76 has evolved quite a bit over the past few years, those sources said. It will have quests and a story, like any other game from Bethesda Game Studios, a developer known for meaty RPGs like Skyrim. It will also feature base-building—just like 2015’s Fallout 4—and other survival-based and multiplayer mechanics, according to those sources. One source cautioned that the gameplay is rapidly changing, like it does in many online “service” games, but that’s the core outline.”

That paragraph right there kind of worries me and it doesn’t sound like a good idea and this sounds like a PVP game instead of a story-driven RPG game like previous entries in the franchise. Anyways, I always imagined that Bethesda would do something with the Fallout: Online trademark that they acquired from Interplay who were the original studio that developed the first two Fallout games way back in the 1990’s. I never thought that it would be BGS that would go forward with this concept.

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On 4Chan, some recent leaks were dug up in these last couple hours that puts Fallout 76 as Bethesda Game Studio’s first title which would be followed by Starfield before going onto the Elder Scrolls VI. We thought that Starfield was going to be the new game coming from BGS first which would be followed by another new franchise before Elder Scrolls VI.

Continuing on, the same leaker said again on 4Chan that the map is set alongside an interstate highway. We know that Fallout 76 is set within West Virginia which is a few miles northeast from Maryland which was the setting of 2008’s Fallout 3. Fallout 76 seems to be taking place in Virginia ( Fallout 3 setting as well.) and West Virginia which would be interesting as given we might see a few locations that were seen in Fallout 3 but from a brand new perspective right after the atomic bombs fell. It will be interesting on how all of this will amount too, if it will be something similar to Destiny where there is a story but it has an overall multiplayer feel to it.

Right now, I’m worried about this game because Fallout and multiplayer just doesn’t sound good and sounds like a complete disaster since Fallout has always been about the atmosphere, being immersed in the world, lore, and much more. We all knew that Bethesda was attempting to bring some sort of live service to their games as that is where the industry is heading.

I’m quite interested in how this will impact the single-player portion of Fallout 76 and if Fallout 76 will even have a single-player attached to it. I can’t believe that Bethesda will do that, anyways we’ll see within two weeks.

Anyways, let me know what you think down below!

Reminder: Take all leaks with a grain of salt but I believe Jason Schreier and the leaker on 4Chan knew about this game makes me believe that everything about Fallout 76 is accurate and that is indeed an online survival type game in the style of Rust and DayZ.)


4 comments on “Fallout 76: An Online Fallout?

  1. Hundstrasse says:

    It’s a risky move if it is the case… and not one I’m entirely onboard with. Can’t say I was a big fan of the building elements of 4, so the idea of adding PVP into the mix certainly destroys the notion of an immersive single player campaign. I guess we’ll just wait and see!

    1. Physics says:

      I’m exactly on board with it. I’m not a big fan of 4 and it’s elements but I respect what it is though, adding some sort of PVP element is destroying what makes Fallout Fallout. We’ll wait and see though. I really hope I can get hands on with at E3 this year.

      1. Hundstrasse says:

        Make sure you let us all know if you do manage to give it a shot! would love to hear how it plays!… whatever it ends up being!

      2. Physics says:

        I will try although I do wonder if it will be playable on the showfloor or whatever. I got to play Wolf II last year for 20 minutes so I suppose they might do the same here? I definitely will write something about if I can get my grubby hands on with it. ( Prays to Bethesda gods.)

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