The highly anticipated next entry in Bethesda’s Fallout franchise, Fallout 76, puts a unique spin on the series’ traditionally single-player format. Offering the experience you’d expect from a Fallout game: story, quests, character progression, wasteland exploration, but with a layer of multiplayer added on top.
The game will feature player co-operation (or not, as the case may be) as a small group of players can meet up and explore the wasteland together, choosing whether to be friendly, or not so much.
When does it release, though? Fallout 76 is set to release November 14 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Fallout 76 Beta Access
Bethesda has yet to announce when the closed beta (or B.E.T.A., “Break It Early Test Application”, as they’re calling it) will take place, only that there will be one before release.
Early access betas are commonplace with AAA games these days, so you should know what you’re getting in for. Limited access to the game in a way that is intended to help the devs test the network aspects of the game, which will likely need ironing out, considering this is the first time a Fallout game has had multiplayer features.
There’s currently only one way to gain access to the beta, and that’s to preorder.
You can preorder one of three versions of Fallout 76.
- Standard Edition ($59.99)
- Tricentennial Edition ($79.99)
- Power Armor Collector’s Edition ($199.99)
Preordering will ensure you get access to the beta once it launches. If you preorder digitally, then you’ll get access to the beta as soon as it commences.
Will there be cross-platform support?
No. Unfortunately, as the recent controversy has highlighted, cross-platform play will not be a thing in the foreseeable future. It seems that Microsoft is willing to engage in this practice, but Sony is reluctant. As Todd Howard said in a recent interview, “Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like.”
Perhaps one day you’ll be able to play Fallout 76 cross-platform, but certainly not at launch.
Fallout 76 Gameplay and Map
Bethesda has claimed that the map for Fallout 76 will be “four times larger” than Fallout 4’s. That’s certainly a bold claim, and a pretty promising one, I guess. When asked if the game would feature fast travel or vehicles or mounts to expedite traversal of the map, Todd Howard said yes to fast travel, and no to vehicles or mounts.
Fallout 76 is, according to Bethesda, going to check all the boxes of a traditional Fallout game, but with a multiplayer element that will allow players to meet up and explore (or fight) in the wasteland. The specific “hows” of the multiplayer, like player capacity, seamless (or not) connectivity, etc. aren’t yet clear.
Todd Howard has already said that this “doesn’t mark the future” of Bethesda’s games. He sees it as something of an experiment, which, based on the success of The Elder Scrolls Online, is set to probably do pretty good for itself.
Only time will tell how successful the merging of Fallout and multiplayer is. It feels like the rumors of a Fallout MMO, or a “Fallout Online” have been circulating since Fallout game out 10 years ago, and now they’re finally trying it. The idea seems promising, but we’ll have to wait and see if it works out.
Fallout 76 Power Armour Edition
If you’re a huge Fallout fan and you’re willing to drop a ton of cash on Fallout 76, the highly desired Power Armour Edition might be for you. This huge preorder option includes a wearable life-size Power Armour helmet with a flashlight and voice modulator and a great big box of stuff. This box includes a map of the game that glows-in-the-dark and 24 plastic figurines to place on that map, a steel case for the game box and a duffel bag branded with West-Tek.
The US prices have yet to be announced. Amazon US has the page live and ready to be updated when it does, though. Although no price has been announced yet, UK retailer GAME has it available for £174.99, so expect at least a $200 price tag on this top-tier preorder.
Fallout 76 Trailer E3 2018
Check out the trailer Bethesda released for the mammoth preorder below.
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