The upcoming Fallout 4 DLC is less than a month away, and a Reddit user dug through the files and came across some interesting clues regarding Survival Mode, according to EuroGamer (via Reddit user ShaneD53). From this person’s research, it looks like there could be significant changes coming for the game update.
This looks to cater to those wanting a significant challenge in the Fallout Boston wasteland. In fact, if one wants to suffer the hardship or has a preference of purposely depriving themselves of things, then the Survival Mode is right up your alley.
Some Fallout 4 Survival Mode basics have been mentioned by Bethesda director Todd Howard, who named off some of the aspects of this feature, according to Screen Rant.
“We’re doing things like you can’t save, it only saves your game when you sleep. You can’t fast travel. There’re all of these diseases. We’re trying it all. It’s a different experience. We’re not trying to make it a ton harder. It’s harder because you’re doing more things.”
Now, more specifics about Survival Mode were discovered.
Power Naps Will Come In Handy
Keep in mind that you cannot quick or manual save while in Survival Mode. The only kind of saving that can be accomplished is by finding a bed or mattress and then sleeping for at least an hour. It looks like power naps would be prevalent in the future.
The type of Fallout 4 wasteland bedding you chose for your slumber will impact your sleep performance. Of course, there are no sleep number beds in the Boston Wasteland, but the bed type will determine how restful your sleep will be. If it’s just a sleeping bag, the game will be saved, but you’ll not be fully healed. Limbs that were once crippled can’t be cured by these means other than a Stimpak.
Hiking Is The Only Way To Travel
Fallout 4’s Fast Travel will be non-existent for players. A lone wanderer will be forced to “hoof it” to their destinations. With subways, highways, and vehicles taken out during the nuclear disaster, this is the only way to travel. This will likely focus on the action points for the purpose of running to your destination.
Combat Challenges And Adrenaline Perk
While in the Fallout 4 Survival Mode, there will be a give and take when it comes to dealing damage in-game. Even though the damage the lone wanderer deals is lethal, the injuries sustained are just as damaging. There will also be an added Adrenaline perk that will require a certain number of kills to increase its rank. The plus side to this perk is the fact it can add a bonus to your damage. Also, sleeping more than an hour can impact your Adrenaline ranking by lowering it.
Health and Wellness In The Wasteland
Fallout 4’s Survival Mode update will now have you carefully monitor your food and water intake, as neglecting these will impact the health and combat readiness of your character in-game.
Fatigue in survival mode also impacts player performance in Fallout 4 and falls within the same spectrum as the radiation sickness indicator.
There are also diseases to consider from eating uncooked foods, water that hasn’t been purified, and other bloodborne pathogens that can be transferred from certain creatures and ghouls that can only be remedied by medicines crafted at an in-game workstation or purchased from a vendor.
The list goes on, including weight encumbrances impacting your strength and agility, companion injuries, re-spawned enemies of areas already cleared, and so on.
So it looks like Fallout 4’s Survival Mode has some serious attention to detail that comes very close to actually trying to attempt to survive in real life.
There had also been fan-made mods for Fallout: New Vegas that provided their own manufactured versions of a survival mode situation, according to Geek. Things like ammo creation, food and water needs, hostile NPCs, and nearly every creature in the wasteland via a Dust Survival Simulator.
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