Fallout 76 is Always Online
During the Bethesda showcase at E3 on Sunday evening, Todd Howard confirmed an earlier report that Fallout 76 would indeed be played entirely online. After the teaser for Fallout 76 premiered, Kotaku's Jason Schreier accurately reported that the game would be an "online survival RPG." Due to Fallout's history of being a single player experience this news was met with considerable backlash from longtime fans. It's not difficult to see why this confirmation can lead to fans of the series being skeptical considering Bethesda themselves launched a campaign to "save single player games" at the end of 2017. However, judging by the gameplay footage shown on Sunday night there doesn't seem to be any reason to worry about this entry in the long running franchise.
First and foremost, Howard confirmed that if you want to experience the game as a single player you still have that option. He did insist that navigating through the wasteland is considerably easier with a crew. The one concern I have with this is will there be an option for a passive mode (similar to Grand Theft Auto 5 Online)? As anyone who has played in a lobby of GTA 5 can attest, there tends to be a surplus of people who only want to watch the virtual world burn. A passive mode would ensure you're able to play through quests at your leisure without the need of a team. We'll have to wait to hear more about how a single player experience will play out in this online world.
In an effort to alleviate the concerns of their player base, Howard and his team showed a considerable amount of gameplay footage on Sunday night. Throughout the demo we were able to see what it looks like to team up and take on other live members in the wasteland. Let me tell you, it looked like an absolute blast. For the first time in the franchise's history we get a Fallout world that isn't completely brown and void of vibrant colors. Since the game takes place only 20 years after the bombs fell, the player will take control of characters who are tasked with starting the rebuilding process. Here we see a world that is still rich in color and full of all new types of mutated enemies. Instead of relying on the usual NPC followers for quests, imagine how much more efficient you can be working with a group of real players? Bethesda, you have certainly caught my attention.
To wrap up their display of Fallout 76 they provided us with the best gift of all: a release date. We'll be able to team up and trek through the wasteland on November 14th, 2018. Are you going to be teaming up in the wasteland or sticking to the single player style? What concerns do you have for this game? Let us know in the comments or leave us a voicemail at 347-509-5620.