Fallout 76 is an Online Survival RPG You Can Also Play Solo, and It'll Be Out in November—Beta Confirmed

Fallout 76 is an Online Survival RPG You Can Also Play Solo, and It'll Be Out in November—Beta Confirmed

Nuke your friends.

"We've always wanted to tell the story of what it would be like for you and the other characters who were first to leave the vaults," Todd Howard told the audience at Bethesda's E3 press conference. "But there is one big difference with this: Each one is a real person."

With those words, Howard confirmed that Fallout 76 will be an online survival game. "We knew we had to do it, and do it in a big way. Is this a hardcore survival game? I like it to think of it as more 'Softcore Survival.' Maybe that should be a new ESRB descriptor," Howard joked.

However, he had some caveats: It will be solo for anyone who wants to play alone. Characters also won't be tied to specific servers, and you'll be in a world with "dozens" rather than "hundreds" of other players. ""It's the apocalypse, not an amusement park," Howard said.

Bethesda went on to show multiple Fallout-style informational videos about what Fallout 76 will offer. They include a photo mode that you can use to document your adventures with your friends, and the ability to use nuclear missiles to open up rare and valuable materials. We'll add them here as soon as they are posted

From a technical standpoint, Howard confirmed that Fallout 76 will have "100 percent dedicated servers to support the game now and for years to come." There will also be a beta at a later date.

Fallout 76 will be out November 14, and will include a special "Power Armor" Edition featuring a glow-in-the-dark map. Howard also confirmed that Fallout Shelter will be coming free to PS4 and Switch, and will be out tonight.

We've covered Fallout 76 quite a bit since it's an initial announcement. Here's everything we know about Fallout 76 so far. And of course, you can follow all of our E3 2018 coverage so far.

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