Fallout 76

Starting on May 30th Bethesda released a teaser trailer for a new game they call Fallout 76 with the date and time of their E3 show. Then after much anticipation and lots of theories, that day came, and we started to learn what Fallout 76 is.

Update: Fallout 76 map revealed!

Here is a Fallout 76 map with what looks like lots of in-game locations. I would love to have a higher resolution version if anyone knows were I can fine one.

Fallout 76 Map

Things we know about Fallout 76

Fallout 76

  • Todd Howard said Fallout 76 takes place before all the other fallout games and it is 4 times bigger than Fallout 4.
  • The game takes place in West Virginia and will draw upon local lore and legends to bring the game to life.
  • Lots of new creatures.
  • Fallout 76 has all new rendering, lighting and landscape technology to allow 16 times more detail. This also allows the ability to see weather systems across the map.
  • Will be entirely online. No private games. They have changed their mind on this and now it looks like there will be private servers. But I do not know if they are private online servers that they host or if it is something we can host on our own networks.
  • Building mode like Fallout 4 but you can build where ever you want to.
  • You can take over launch sites and fire nuclear weapons at your enemies.
  • Release date is November 14th 2018.
  • Fallout 76 will cost $59.99.
  • There will be micro-transactions.
  • Fallout 76 will not be available on Steam.
  • Change the way your character looks anytime you want to.
  • It sounds like there is no level cap based on what Todd said at QuakeCon. You do stop getting points to equip perks at level 50. But you can still get new perks and switch them out.
  • You can respawn anywhere you want that you have unlocked but you have to pay caps to spawn far away.
  • There will be no cross-play between Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. Todd Howard claims the reason is that Sony will not allow it.

Fallout 76 is Online

When Todd Howard announced this the E3 crowd erupted in cheers and at the same time I felt my heart sink. Thoughts of this being a Fallout MMO flooded my brain and I felt sad that the game was ruined for me. Living in an area with unstable internet at best maybe this would be a fallout game I would never be able to enjoy. But I guess we will see.

Todd Howard made a point to say you could play this game solo. But solo does not necessarily mean offline. He also said you would be playing in a world with dozens of players, not hundreds or thousands. So maybe that means some kind of matchmaking system.

Update – Private Servers: At QuakeCon 2018 Todd Howard confirmed there would be private servers. “That is definitely something that we are doing. We are committed to it. It’s not just having a private server, it’s being able to mod it,”

Though It sounds like we may not have private servers on release day.

Fallout 76 Has Micro-Transactions

There is no word of a monthly fee to play but the game will have microtransactions.

Vault 76 Background Info

Vault 76 is one of the first Vaults to open and is said to be located somewhere in Washington D.C. It was also one of the few Vaults designed to work normally so the occupants could be used as a control group when compared to other Vaults. In case you did not know most Vaults were set up to run secret experiments on their inhabitants.

In Closing

I was sad that this game is entirely online but now that they are talking about private servers maybe there is hope assuming we can host them ourselves. I would love to have a Fallout 76 server on my home network. With the way my internet randomly drops I still may not be able to play if I can not have a local network server. And if Fallout 76 is a bandwidth hog I may not be able to afford to play. But there is still a lot of questions to be answered about how all this will work so I am holding out hope.

Below I have put some videos about the game.

Quakecon 2018 Fallout 76 Panel.

Official In-Game Intro

The Making of Fallout 76

There is already a making of video and the game is not even out yet!

Fallout 76 At E3

Official Trailer


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