Everything We Know About Fallout 76 (So Far)
Initially, Fallout 76 was conceived as a multiplayer component of Fallout 4. But Bethesda had to start everything from scratch and re-invent the technology behind the old mechanics for it to work. As a result, Fallout 76 became a whole other separate game, the actual development of which was given to another studio.
Now it's been more than two weeks since the announcement of Fallout 76, but the game has not yet appeared on Steam. However, it is already available for the pre-order at the official Bethesda website. Although this doesn't mean anything, some fans of the Fallout series are seriously worried that Bethesda may completely refuse to release all of their future games through the Valve service.
Before making the decision of pre-purchasing the beta version of the game, first you may want to learn about the game as much as possible. So here are some of the most essential facts about the upcoming Fallout game so far.
What is Fallout 76?
Fallout 76 is a new kind of survival MMO. It is a logical continuation of the ideas that were first implemented in Fallout 4, with one exception -- all players are real people. At the same time, it was important for Bethesda to preserve the feeling of a single-player experience. This means that if you don't want to constantly fight other players, you can simply explore the world around you.
Up to 32 people can play on the server with a map that is four times larger than Fallout 4 (see below for more info). The encounters with other players should be rare so that you can safely explore the world, complete quests and build bases. So this is good news for those who feel more comfortable playing alone.
The Map and The Setting
This time the location of the Fallout game will be West Virginia, but instead of familiar wastelands and large cities the game offers the views on the virgin forests, high mountains and many other peculiar biomes of the American outback.
Players will start in gorgeous locations and later move onto the more sombre, apocalyptic biomes, such as grim marshes, toxic heaths and so on. According to the plot, the shelter 76 will be the first to open among the rest, and then our job will be to re-conquer the planet. This will involve fighting against mutated animals, insects, plants, ghouls, and other strange creatures.
The developers created a place for exploration: a fascinating and rich world where people will discover new locations, gather resources, and possibly, meet other survivors. You will be able to trade food and items that you have crafted yourself.
West Virginia is a peculiar location with its own special mythology, which is reflected in both quests and in the design of the locations, such as empty huts, fire towers, flooded mines, golf courses, abandoned provincial houses, a fallen space station and a real presidential bunker of the Cold War era with nuclear weapons.
Overall, the entire map is divided into six regions:
- The Forest
- Toxic Valley
- Ash Heap
- Savage Divide
- The Mire
- Cranberry Bog
Fallout 76 will have a rich, yet simple, intuitive and easy-to-use building system, lots of crafting capabilities and other cool new features. Since this is a survival game, you will also have to eat and drink. The items will break, the food will rot, and from time to time you will encounter radioactive storms.
But that's far from it, and below you will find a lot more details on the gameplay itself:
- The role-playing system is also re-vamped and quite entertaining.
- Characters will get controversial mutations, in some way beneficial, and in others not really.
- They can be treated or modified.
- Some will change only the appearance, while others will also influence the stats.
- Upon reaching a certain level you will be offered perks that can be used to form perk decks.
- There will be a lot of various animations for communication and photo modes.
Building and Crafting
- In addition to your stationary base you can also build portable C.A.M.P.s, which can be placed anywhere on the map.
- Besides C.A.M.P.s you can claim public workshops by clearing them. For example, you could claim a Lead Mine, which would then become a consistent source of metal for your bullets.
- You can craft any items you like given that you have all the necessary materials, whether it's guns, armor or consumables.
- You can specialize in crafting special materials that other players may want to buy from you.
- Nukes become available after you finish the main campaign.
- In order to launch the nuke you need to access the launch codes that become available after completing certain side-quests.
- Nukes are used to create high-level loot-rich areas for plundering.
- Nukes can be dropped on other players.
- Microtransactions are also planned, but, as stated by the developers, they will not affect the gameplay.
- Bethesda also promises regular updates for the next few years, because, according to the developers, online games live for as long as they are well supported.
- The updates are planned to be both small and very large, so this could mean that over time new regions on the map will be added.
- Mods and private lobbies will be implemented in future updates as well.
All New Confirmed Creatures
There will be over 60 various types of creatures in Fallout 76 with different degrees of mutations making them look absolutely terrifying. Among the good old creatures that we've seen in the previous Fallout installments, here are all the new confirmed creatures coming to Fallout 76:
- Scorchbeast: Extremely aggressive giant bat-like creature that can fly and live underground.
- Snallygaster: Typical reptilian creature that walks on two legs.
- Mega Sloth: Giant poisonous sloth that is covered with rotten fur.
- Grafton Monster: Beast with pale skin and a giant arm.
- Mutated Toad: Giant radioactive frog.
- Mothman: Mythical creature from the West Virgianian folklore that has big bright eyes and sneaks up on its prey.
- Scorched: Semi-feral ghouls that can use weapons.
- Mole People: Humanoids with gas masks that live inside the mines.
- Mutated Giant Bee: Giant radioactive bee that carries entire hive of smaller bees.
- Tick: Giant blood-sucking six-legged arachnid.
- Wendigo: Extremely fast and mobile humanoid that lives on swamps.
- Two-Headed Possum: A giant mutated possum with two heads.
- Intelligent Plants: Plants with brains and sneaky tactics that can consume flesh and bones.
- Vault Dweller: Human NPC that resides in the vaults; can be either friendly or hostile.
- Flatwoods Monster: Alien creature with a suite and a propulsion system that keeps it afloat.
That is all we know about Fallout 76 for now, but be sure to come back soon for more updates on the game here at GameSkinny!