Report: Fallout 76 Could Be an Online Survival Game

Report: Fallout 76 Could Be an Online Survival Game

Stay alive.

This morning, Bethesda's day long livestream led to the reveal of Fallout 76, a new game set in the post-apocalyptic world of Fallout that we're all inching towards with each passing day. But the question remains: What is Fallout 76 exactly? According to a new report, it could be very different from previous mainline Fallout games.

Kotaku is reporting from sources who say that Fallout 76 is an online survival RPG similar to DayZ and Rust. This is similar to unsourced reports on Twitter that have said pretty much the same thing. If true, this is a turn from the FPS RPG that Fallout has become known for in the modern console era.

According to these sources Fallout 76 was originally prototyped as a potential multiplayer version of Fallout 4, but the game has evolved quite a bit. Fallout 76 will include base building, just like from Fallout 4, and similar survival mechanics which I presume are things like scavenging for food and supplies, and weapon crafting.

Fallout 76 is being developed by Bethesda Game Studios and the company's new Austin, Texas branch which was formerly BattleCry Studios. Bethesda renamed BattleCry in March after voicing concerns for the direction of BattleCry.

There's still a lot to speculate about Fallout 76, particularly where the game's story will go. We know from Fallout lore that Fallout 76 is named after Vault 76 which was to be opened only 20 years after the nuclear armageddon. As such, the newly released shelter seekers must navigate a more hostile and raw landscape. Which sounds like a pretty good setting for a survival game if ever I heard one.

For more, check out the other clues and hints we got from watching the Fallout 76 trailer multiple times. You can also check out our Fallout 76 guide for the latest theories, trailers, and release date.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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