E3 2018: 'Fallout 76' Revealed To Be A 'Soft-Core' Online Survival Game That You Can Play Solo This Year

Scott Grill

Bethesda Game Studios finally unveiled Fallout 76 during the Bethesda E3 Showcase Sunday evening. The highly anticipated next entry in the series is taking a slightly divergent path as Studio Head Todd Howard revealed it as an online multiplayer title where dozens of players share a world. Better yet, it is coming out this November for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Survival titles from Rust to ARK: Survival Evolved to Conan Exiles have established the online survival genre for many years. Howard explained Bethesda Game Studios began looking into creating a multiplayer version of Fallout four years ago and they will be ready to deliver on November 14, 2018.

The studio settled on Fallout 76, set in a post-apocalyptic West Virginia that is four times larger than either Fallout 3 or Fallout 4. The game will feature six different regions that each contain their own risks and rewards, as well as new creatures, some based on regional folklore.

Every online survival game requires some semblance of crafting and building, and Fallout 76 employs the Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform (C.A.M.P) to allow players to build anywhere on the map. This device allows users to craft the items they need from walls to turrets. The mechanic appears to be similar to Fallout 4 based on the brief snippet shown, but with a little more ease of use.

The fact that players will be able to access nuclear missile codes and fire one at different portions of the map brings griefing to a whole new level. There are consequences, however, as the area affected by the blast will become incredibly inhospitable due to radiation.

The fact Howard described Fallout 76 as "soft-core survival" is interesting as death will supposedly not be as punishing. Once again, however, it is a wait-and-see situation.