E3 has begun, and Bethesda has dropped a fat-man on us stocked full of details on the next Fallout game. Fans were correct in their assumptions that the next Fallout game would take place before al the other games in the franchise timeline. One feature among others that sets this game apart is that the game world is not as devastated as the other titles we've experienced. The new world -set in West Virginia- has also been described as less punishing than the other environments we have played in.
What is Fallout 76?
Fallout 76 is the newest Fallout title, and it's a prequel to the entire Fallout series thus far. The games we've played up to this point have all mentioned Vault 76 being one of the first bunkers to be opened 25 years after the bombs fell. This has all been confirmed by Bethesda at E3.
In Fallout 76, the survivors of vault 76 are the first to begin rebuilding a new world. A world devastated by war but not time. This is shown by the plethora of colorful plant-life. The mountains of Virginia are a sight to behold, and according to Todd Howard, this is due to a completely overhauled rendering engine. Fallout 76 will be the most visually appealing Fallout game to date with better lighting, depth of field, and "16 times the detail" of Fallout 4.
What About The Fallout 76 Map?
Mr. Howard also informed us at this years E3 that the game world of Fallout 76 is 4 times the size of Fallout 4. Now I don't know about you, but I thought Fallout 4 was massive in terms of maps size. With a map 4 times that sizes, there will be places to explore for hours, days, and possibly weeks. If DLC for this game is anything like Fallout 4, we may even see the enormous map grow even more expansive. The fact that the map is very large will come in handy with the game's new multiplayer feature.
As for the multiplayer feature, the game will function sort of like Destiny. The other players are also from Vault 76, since this is the case there will only be 12 players total in a lobby. Not hundreds, not thousands, just 12. It is entirely possible to play the game solo as well if you don't like dealing with people who are dead set on killing every other player. If you do end up dying online at the hands of another player, you don't lose your items or experience. You don't have to start a new character, you just respawn.
Playing with friends can definitely be helpful though. You can build settlements together and take on difficult enemies and missions all while leveling up together.
Since we are on the topic of building, Fallout 76 makes it possible to craft settlements, camps, shacks, bases, and whatever else your heart desires in ANY location! This is made possible by a type of portable workstation.
Feeling Extra Destructive?
Maybe you are looking to take down an enemy fort relatively quick, or perhaps the same player has been killing you repeatedly and it's time to show him/her who's boss. Fallout 76 feature live nuclear bunkers that you can use to wage your own nuclear war. Launch primed atomic bombs from the bunkers at a target on the map of your choice, then visit the area to witness the aftermath. Of course, you have to find the launch codes on the mutated foes that reside in the bunker. It is also possible that another player holds a letter you might need for the code.
Unfortunately, no talk of mod compatibility was made at Bethesda's E3 conference. Mods are a HUGE part of Bethesda games since the release of Morrowind. However, with Fallout 76 being primarily a multiplayer game, they might not allow mods. For me, that would be a major drawback, especially seeing as how I make mod reviews on YouTube. I play Bethesda games for the modding possibilities. Perhaps they will allow mods for solo play? We may not know until November 14th or even next year as mod authors try their luck. If they don't allow mods though, that would be a BIG drag for the Creation Club.
Whatever the case is, folks are ready for Fallout 76. Some are playing through Fallout 4 again while others are suiting up!
Make sure you keep an eye out for the BETA release of Fallout 76 and get your pre-order in for the Collectors Edition of the game which comes with a wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet! We've got a long wait ahead of us, but I have a feeling it will most definitely be worth it.