The highlight of Bethesda’s E3 2018 press conference was Fallout 76. Thanks to a big leak leading up to E3, the game had already been announced. But now we know the details, including the surprising shift from massively single player into online multiplayer. The good news – Fallout 76 is coming out this November 14 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Fallout 76 takes place on Reclamation Day, the day the vault opens up and the survivors step forward into the post-apocalyptic wasteland. According to Fallout lore, Vault 76 was the first to open, in West Virginia.
Post-apocalyptic West Virginia is four times the size of Fallout 4, with six distinct regions.
During the show Bethesda Game Studios Director Todd Howard explained that Fallout 76 will have dedicated online servers supporting dozens of players each within the same shared world. Not quite a Massively Multiplayer game, but closer to something like GTA Online or ARK: Survival Evolved.
Players will be able to create their own vault dweller using the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system, and the entire game will be playable solo. Armed nuclear missiles exist out in the world and players can gather the launch codes, then point the missile wherever they want, forever changing the landscape.
Building and crafting from Fallout 4 returns with the Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform (C.A.M.P.) The C.A.M.P. lets you build anywhere in the world, not just pre-designated areas. Set up shops, build shelter, and place defensive turrets.
Fallout 76 is coming November 14 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Pre-order to receive beta access. If you’re a big Fallout fan you’ll want to check out the special Power Armor Edition, announced at the show, which comes with minis, a map, and a helmet headlamp for $199.99.
In related Fallout news, mobile game Fallout Shelter has arrived on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. It’s available for free right now.