So lots of stuff coming out of E3 at the moment like Hitman 2 Anthem cyberpunk 2077 and so on. One of them is Fallout 76 the first multiplayer game in the fallout universe.
Bethesda have been teasing the game for the past month but did their first announcement with proper details and gameplay this sunday.
Here's a summary of the details given in that presentation
Details are still shaking out but it seems like it's based on an enhanced version of the fallout 4 engine with the setting based in west virginia with a game world 4 times the size of fallout 4's boston. Set some 25 years after the bombs drop it's the earliest of the fallout games in terms of timeframe.
It's an always online game where a few tens of people share the same server and game world allowing for groups of players to play together but it also allows for solo play.
It takes the base building from fallout 4 and adds to it allowing it to occur anywhere in the game world with a new widget called the C.A.M.P. a sort of mobile version of the workbenches. It was implied that these settlements could be built cooperatively and have some sort of purpose in the game plus being able to be packed up and moved somehow.
The gameplay shown is a fair amount of combat some with players in power armor mostly against monsters some old some new and then a short bit of PVP. The game is survival in some way but it was described as softcore survival where death doesn't mean losing any progress.
It also had some new elements like the nuclear launch sites where if you gather the launch codes which were collected in pieces from enemies in the game get a full set either yourself or with a group then you could designate a target and launch a nuke at it. This mechanism in addition to clearing an area of an enemy or player would then create an irradiated zone with rare materials and such to collect.
I'm generally excited about the possibilities of this game I love the fallout games and really enjoyed fallout 4 so to have something I could play with others perhaps as a possible weekend game is intriguing. There are a lot of questions still outstanding if this game is online how will they handle things like the VATS targeting system (the mechanism in the fallout games that slows time and allows precision targeting of limbs etc) I guess it maybe won't appear as it would be tricky to implement something like that in a game with other real players. Will it allow mods they are a huge part of the previous games but less common in online titles.
Anyway I'm excited for this game and it's not that long to wait for it the release date is November 14th of this year with a beta program running sometime between now and then and it sounds like preordering will get you some level of access to it. Something to keep an eye on and maybe something for a weekend game option.