E3 2018: Bethesda Confirms Fallout 76 Is An Always-Online, Multiplayer-Focused Game

But you can also play solo.

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Now Playing: Todd Howard Shows Off Fallout 76 At Xbox E3 2018

We have finally learned exactly what Fallout 76 is. At the Bethesda E3 2018 briefing, director Todd Howard confirmed that Fallout 76 is a multiplayer-focused, always-online game. The characters you come across in Fallout 76 are real people. The game is entirely online, marking a dramatic shift away from the single-player-only nature of earlier games in the series.

However, you can also play by yourself, Howard confirmed. "Of course you can play this solo," he said. Regarding why Bethesda is taking Fallout in such a new and different direction, Howard said, "We've always wanted to see what our style of game could be with multiplayer."

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Bethesda came up with the idea for Fallout 76 four years ago, Howard said. That would mean Bethesda started working on the game before Fallout 4 came out in 2015. And overall, he describes it as a "softcore survival" game.

Howard also clarified that after you die, you'll keep your character progression, which is good to hear. "Death never means the loss of progression or your character," he said. It had been believed prior to the full reveal that Fallout 76 would resemble Rust, a game where progression can be lost.

Along with a variety of details and trailers, we also learned Fallout 76's release date is set for November 14. It's also getting two different special editions, one of which--the Power Armor edition--comes with a wearable helmet that is equipped with a working voice modulator and headlamp.

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Haters gonna hate. This lets me enjoy Fallout with friends with a co-op option, right? I'm in.

You people are cynical as !%@*#.

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@matricks_: Co-op with your buddies is fine. Its the 40 other blood thirsty raider trolls hell bent on ruining your game that is the problem.

If it gives you a GTA online option of private and public, and the buildings you make can be saved, then I agree. sounds reasonable enough, and I'll gladly buy that game. But a full on survival mode like rust was not what players wanted. The fanbase has been vocal about a TES or fallout game with minimal co-op. Skyrim with a buddy. Not 24 of your closest strangers thrown together.

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@Maize84: Obviously the mentality is to expect the worst in all things gaming these days, until stated otherwise. Thanks, EA.

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@matricks_: Lucky you, sounds like there's settlements that'll need your help....

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@Chizaqui: And help them I shall... by targeting them with a nuke. Win.

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@matricks_: Settlements can't need help, if there's no settlements. *taps forehead*

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My wallet likes to be fat. My wallet approves of this decision. This decision is saving me time and money!

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There are a lot of shills in this audience right now...

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@BeefoTheBold: No kidding. I kept waiting for someone to yell out on of those thousand questions, like "WHAT ABOUT VATS!" But they all kept on clapping.....

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Guess I’ll be giving this a hard pass then

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@game4fun33: agreed.

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Glad that they are giving the option to still play single player/alone. Not all of us have friends.



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@videogameninja: Solo or alone? I don't think it was really clear. You may have the option of NOT playing with friends but what about the other online people. Will we get the option to block out ALL online players as well? And if so, what the hell are we supposed to do? Build a house and sit there on the porch all day.

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@videogameninja: Sadly I doubt the game will be good when played solo.

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Watching the conference now.

This sounds not just awful but AGGRESSIVELY awful.