After Bethesda’s announcement a few weeks prior to E3 2018, Fallout 76 has been an enigma for fans who were trying to figure out what the game actually was. Naturally, the game commanded a large part of Bethesda’s E3 press conference and finally confirmed that it’s going to be the first Fallout game to embrace multiplayer in an always online world. To help spice up the world, Bethesda also revealed that players can take over nuclear missiles scattered all around the massive map. Thanks to the documentary that NoClip has recently been posting, fans now know how these nukes will affect the larger game.
With the added wrinkle of multiplayer inside Fallout 76, Bethesda is embracing the loss of control it normally has over previous games rooted in single player. With 24-30 players loading into the same instance of the game, they can work together to build bases, take on public events, trade, or even fight against one another. To throw a wildcard in the mix, Bethesda revealed an endgame event where players can essentially come across and control nuclear bunkers and codes around the map. At that point, they can decide whether or not to use them on other players or high-level creatures known as scorch beasts.
Targetting the scorch beasts will seal their fissures, though using the nukes will have an adverse effect on the world. Not only does it irradiate the area, the weather changes in the blast zone as well as the flora and fauna. From a gameplay perspective, these areas also become high-level zones teaming with monsters like Deathclaws while also teasing players over the prospect of legendary loot and very rare crafting materials. Over time, the zone returns to normal and the process can once again repeat. With the map being 4 times bigger than Fallout 4, players will have plenty of bunkers to try and take over once the game launches later this year.
In addition to the always online requirement and dealing with other players, another big component to Fallout 76 is the C.A.M.P. system or Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform. Players use this device to essentially rebuild structures, towns, or whatever else they can think of. Better yet, players can team up with others to rebuild this alternative version of America or even take over someone else’s base. It’s all up to the player. Even with the release set for November, players will have an opportunity to try out the C.A.M.P. system and explore the world thanks to a planned beta test later this year.
Fallout 76 will launch on November 14, 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.