What Is Fallout 76?
Fallout 76 is the next title in the post-apocalyptic series. However, while its immediate predecessors were single-player action RPGs, it will be an online multiplayer action RPG instead, which will be a first for Bethesda Game Studios. As a result, while Fallout 76 is expected to retain its immediate predecessors’ core characteristics, it has been stated that some changes will need to be made to make them more suitable for an online multiplayer game.
For example, the automated aiming system called V.A.T.S. will be appearing in Fallout 76 but will have to be adjusted to make it real-time. Likewise, players will still be able to choose perks for their characters as they progress throughout the game, but this time around, it will be possible to swap them out to suit the situation instead of being forced to keep them on a permanent basis.
Story-wise, the player characters will be inhabitants of the fallout shelter called Vault 76, which is presumably one of the vaults that weren’t being used to run some kind of horrific social experiment. In short, Vault 76 has opened up, meaning that it is time for the player characters to recolonize the wasteland that was once West Virginia. Curiously, it has been stated that there will be no human NPCs in Fallout 76 whatsoever, so it will be interesting to see what the game will feel like, particularly since it has been said that it will have an open world that is four times the size of Fallout 4.
With that said, one of the most interesting things that have been revealed is Bethesda’s intention to keep Fallout 76 running “forever.” Of course, this is impossible, but it is clear that Bethesda intends to continue supporting the game so long as people continue to play it. Considering that people are still buying new versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim even though it was released in 2011, it is possible that Fallout 76 will be supported far into the future provided that it possesses that kind of staying power.