After its reveal earlier this month, rumors began running wild that Fallout 76 would be an online survival experience, in a similar vein to a game like Rust. Naturally, for a series devoted to single player, this didn't sit well with some fans. After its official reveal during Bethesda's E3 2018 showcase, it seems rumors weren't that far off as it being the first game in the franchise to be an always online experience.
Along with plenty of videos and information, Bethesda Game Studios' own Todd Howard confirmed that Fallout 76 is an online-only game, one that Bethesda has always been interested in creating. Every character encountered will actually be another player as the game relies heavily on instances in order to pull this off. Attempting to rebuild society after the Great War, players will spend a good amount of time with the base building focused CAMP system or Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform.
Todd Howard made sure to confirm that Fallout 76 could still be played solo, though players will still come across other people in the wild, for better or worse. To help test this online experience, Bethesda will be holding a beta test, lovingly referred by the team as the Break-it Early Test Application. No dates were given, though with a release just a few months away, players should expect to see more details soon.
Along with the online requirements and multiplayer, Fallout 76 also brings a few additional features. Not only is this game four times larger than the already expansive Fallout 4, but Bethesda has also created all-new graphics, lighting and landscape technology to power the experience. Just for fun, Bethesda also placed Nuclear missiles all over the map, leaving it up to players on how to utilize them.
Fallout 76 arrives on November 14, 2018 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.