Fallout 76 is a “live game” with a huge emphasis on crafting

Fallout 76 is a “live game” with a huge emphasis on crafting

Fallout 76 is all multiplayer, all the time, and you’ll need to lean into the crafting system to survive.


During its E3 reveal, Fallout 76 was confirmed to be a multiplayer only title, with none of the single-player campaign that fans of the series are used to.

The game was rumoured to be a survival RPG in the same vein as DayZ and Rust, and Danny O’Dwyer’s Noclip Fallout 76 documentary has shed further light on how surviving the wasteland will play out, as well detailing the importance of the crafting system.

Fallout 76 is a “live game,” like Destiny, so at some point, players will have reached a point where they’ve completed everything. As far as end-game content goes, that’s where the “cyclical nuclear war” comes into play, challenging high level players with high level areas that are home to rare loot and items.

As well as the PvP aspect of roaming the map, a 12-vs-12 team death match mode is also being looked into.

To prevent things from getting too raucous in the main body of the game, servers will be typically limited to around 24 players although that might expand to 32.

Hooking up with your buddies won’t be too much of a rigmarole either, with players able to easily hop onto the servers that their friends are on. Player teams are limited to four slots right now, but that may change going forward.

All of the usual bells and whistles of online games will be present, like voice chat and emote wheels, as well as a photo mode.

If you end up getting killed – through misadventure or at the hands of another player – the death penalty will be kept as light as possible, with players respawning in an area as close to where they died as possible. Meanwhile, aggressive players will be given wanted levels, to keep them in check to some degree.

Hostile players, creatures, or falling off a mountaintop aren’t the only dangers to be on the lookout for.

In terms of survival, players will need to eat and drink to stay alive. Food will rot, and items will degrade, meaning you’ll have to keep a watchful eye on your inventory.

Cooking food makes the whole process more efficient, and similar to the cooking mechanic in Fallout 4, the process imparts certain bonuses on ingredients when they’re combined or cooked, rather than eaten raw.

The potential effects can also make you more or less susceptible to disease. Because that’s a thing now.

As well as contracting diseases, players also run the risk of mutating, although it’s not all bad news.

Fallout 4’s inverse HP bar, that represents both your health and how irradiated you are, will still be present, but the more rads you have, the higher the chance for a mutation. Most mutations aren’t accompanied by visual changes, but a handful will be.

The mutations work in a similar way to traits from Fallout 1 and 2, with plus or minus effects. They can be cured, or – in the late game – you can make them a permanent part of your build.

Your build can be managed with Perk Cards, allowing you to craft or fight more efficiently. Each time you level up, you can pick a new Perk Card, but you’ll be limited to how many you can have at a time.

The good news is that you can reroll and swap out the cards if you fancy a change.

Perk Cards can even be shared within a team, letting members focus on specific roles, like medic, defense, crafting, combat, cooking, and so on.

In order to craft items, players will need to find recipes and parts in the world to build camps that function as mini workshops. They can be built almost anywhere, although there are restrictions – for example you won’t be able to build one near the vault entrance, so that you can’t grief players that are leaving the vault and entering the world.

Should you decide to move servers, and the area where your camp is located is available, you’ll conveniently find it in the exact same spot. If the area is occupied, it’ll be packed up, ready for you to plonk down elsewhere.

The map will also feature public workshops, that can be claimed after clearing out the various mutated inhabitants that have set up shop inside. Once they’ve been cleared out, the workshops can be fortified, and players can access the resources within, like ore, and use them to craft much-needed items, like bullets.

Crafting will be a huge part of the game, with specific plants and animals being a source of materials that you’ll need in order to make ammo, armour, power armour pieces, and more. You’ll need to traverse the different areas of the map and slaughter the bevy of monstrosities found there to get your hands on the specific materials you need.

Crafted items can be sold to other players, so if you’re after caps, you might want to specialise in certain items that you know will be highly sought after.

Fallout 76 launches on November 14 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One and will be a full-priced game.

While it will feature microtransactions, the purchasable items will be cosmetic only, and they can also be earned through gameplay.

The paid content will effectively support the dedicated servers and allow Bethesda to provide free updates for “years to come.”

The studio plans to maintain a regular stream of content into the game through frequent smaller updates, like new items and events, to bigger content drops that are more sporadic.

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F4 was good, looking forward to F76.


think. it will fail

i'm losser(


Have never played a Fallout game but this one may be my jumping in point. Looks really promising and fun to play with friends!


Have never played a Fallout game but this one may be my jumping in point. Looks really promising and fun to play with friends!


Finally a fallout that haves a multiplayer, only 24 or 32 players omg..


i am not sure if this is gonna succeed if its true what they say its only real people and not npc's what about all the Side missions? that is gone as well? i am hyped by the idea but i am afraid it might not be as good as we hope it to be.


todd howard seems hid some magic behind his palm


I am a great fan of the Fallout universe.  I expect that it should get better and better but from the review above I think someone has really lost their focus on creative content and maybe just a bit is getting greedy on the premise that there are a lot of fans.


Fallout is a game about Role Playing - IE....  You create a character and play a role.

Fallout should not be made to be a First Person Shooter, where paying to have a gold bullet gives you and advantage over the guy that doesn't pay to have that gold bullet.  There are plenty of free to play games which have this feature, note the game code and software are free but you must pay for that gold bullet.  This model goes ever further by actually saying you first need to pay the $60 for the game client before you can event attempt to buy the golden bullet.

I am led to believe that as soon as I log onto a server I am being hunted by possibly 31 other people, whether they are in a group of 4 or not really doesn't matter.  As a new player what chance am I going to have?  I don't have any caps, I have, if I am lucky, a 10mm pistol maybe 20 rounds, possibly a canteen of water, and possibly a knife.  In a generic role playing game, that is quite a lot.  In a PVP game where others have been playing a while that is pretty much, "Thank you for your $60, now leave!"  Now let's talk about how to alleviate that

1.    start from scratch every new game.

2.    just don't play.

Those are pretty much the options I see.  There are so many I'll just pick two variants, Battlefield and Call of Duty already have the mechanics for #1 and are considered First Person Shooters.  They are fun and I play both and have for many years.


I say the only other option is 2 because 1 is not an RPG, will never be, and if it's Fallout, what is the point if you cannot develop your character and continue where you were.  


So the arguments.  You die but you don't loose everything.

     Been there done that so many times it's not funny.  I do not always like to start a game with a group, and a lot of times I just don't prefer to be in a group, call me selfish, or antisocial, or anything else you want, the fact is that I don't want to wake up at 3 AM on a given night and have to wake up my friends who might have to work at 5 AM just to go do a few things as a group so I don't get hunted and killed over and over by the jerk 4 man annihilation team that found my location and decided I was going to be their target because I"m all alone.  Yes it happens, there are a lot of griefers out there because they think it's fun.  12 years of EVE Online and many other MMO's taught me that.  


So to sum it up.  If there is no real Role Playing and development of the character in the game, and there is no way to prevent the general griefing of a single player just because they don't have the equipment or the additional team to actually defend themself, this game will fail and Bethesda will not see any of my money for it at any price.



this looks like something i would love to play with my friends


Thanks for the extra details, appreciated.

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Fallout 76 is all multiplayer, all the time, and you’ll need to lean into the crafting system to survive.

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