So, the rumours were true. Fallout 76 is indeed an online version of the Fallout you know and love. But it’s not an MMO. Not really. In fact, from Bethesda had to show off at their E3 press event, it actually looks like the Fallout and Elder Scrolls multiplayer mode
You can actually watch game director Todd Howard walk you through what to expect, direct from the Bethesda Showcase, embedded below.
So what’s the takeaway? It’s Fallout with your friends. This is a fundamentally different way to tackle a game that has always been about crippling isolation and only ever being able to make the choice between Bad or Worse. The overall impression the Fallout 76 trailers give is one of immense fun and community, kind of the opposite of what these games usually go for. Is adding real people a great way to screw up a good thing, or is a stroke of genius?
We’ll find out when Fallout 76 launches on PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC on November 14. You might even get your hands on it a bit earlier — as Howard points out, Bethesda will be running a beta of the game to iron out issues ahead of launch. Keep your eyes peeled for that.
Good luck out there, Vault Dwellers.