[Update: Bethesda has reached out to the originator of the rumor claiming that there are ‘currently no plans’ for Fallout 76 to go free-to-play. RealGamerNewZ remains skeptical about the truthfulness of this statement from Bethesda, which could simply be damage control ahead of a longer wait until such action commences. Standard Editions of the game have been discontinued and in some countries (with strong refund laws) sent back to Bethesda as part of a “Buy Back” program.]
Reports are coming in that EBGames in Australia may be pulling physical copies of Fallout 76 to prepare for Bethesda to transition the game into a free-to-play format. Currently these are just rumors but given the situation with the open world “softcore survival” online multiplayer game and it’s lukewarm release, this wouldn’t be a shocking move at this point.
Hackers have allegedly found hidden code within Fallout 76 which suggests that “lunch boxes” similar to those found in Fallout Shelter could be added to the game in the near future. If true, this is likely to become the next scandal in a revolving door of bad press situations Bethesda has found themselves in since the initial leak of Fallout 76.
Perhaps some of the mishandling of the game and its public communications are the fault of BattleCry Studios (now renamed to Bethesda Game Studios Austin) which is responsible for the development of the game after their only other title, BattleCry, was cancelled. Regardless, Bethesda will continue to take a hit for each incident the game encounters as they’ve portrayed the title as being from the core team rather than allowing the BattleCry staff to take responsibility for the good / bad of Fallout 76. The title is one that we enjoy personally, as seen in our Fallout 76: First 76 Hrs Review.
However, there have been some scenarios which even fans of the game are not able to defend. The latest lunch box rumor is just that. Read on for more information, but keep in mind that this is all just a rumor at this time and has not been confirmed.
As previously announced during a official community update, Bethesda Game Studios has launched the December 11th update for Fallout 76 for PC versions of the game. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming platforms are set to get the patch two days later. A number of key aspects regarding this patch have been surfaced in Bethesda’s patch notes which include Atomic Shop items becoming visible directly from workshops, the option to hop worlds if your base location is already occupied, and more.
Fallout 76 is an online-only exploration and survival role playing shooter game quite unlike any other. This spin-off title was developed by BattleCry Studios (which was folded into Bethesda Game Studios in March 2018), and while the release has been marred by various controversies surrounding leaks, the game’s launch, and the handling of customer relations, this review will seek to discuss the actual game itself after an extensive amount of gameplay and deep dive on what this live experience has to offer for those who are still interested in playing.
This is my first 76 hours reviewed with the majority of game time spent on versions 1.01 (launch version after day-one patch) and version 1.02 as well as some time spent seeing the improvements and changes that came from the version 1.03 update. Subsequent articles will cover evaluating future changes to the game. For more on that, head over to our Fallout 76 Section and catch the latest. Now that we’ve got that out the vault, on to our full review.
In a new series of articles to be released periodically by Bethesda Game Studios, it has been confirmed that Fallout 76 will be receiving an update on December 4, 2018 as well as December 11, 2018 providing a bevy of bug-fixes as well as new features to the game. Among the features included in the announcement are some we’ve heard about before (such as an increase to the game’s stash limit, push-to-talk voice chat on PC, etc.), as well as brand new features announced for the first time in this article.
Bethesda has launched a new update for Fallout 76 through a 47GB update which will attempt to address a number of minor bugs in the game. The patch also aims to improve frame rate and game stability which had sometimes suffered from dips, freezes, and crashes. User interface improvements, C.A.M.P. tweaks, and other changes are also expected to be made.
The B.E.T.A., or Break-It-Early-Test, for Bethesda Game Studios’ Fallout 76 begins today and is available for pre-load now on Xbox One for those who have pre-ordered the game, and will become available on PS4 and PC Tuesday next week. There will be limited times for each day in which the Beta’s servers are available. The times selected by Bethesda are meant to help stress test the game at varying degrees.
Update: Pete Hines has released a statement regarding this evolving issue. “Folks, chill. I work with a lot of devs and games for whom this is important going forward. Fallout 76 does not support crossplay, for a number of reasons. I have no idea if it ever will. But I assure you it is not on our radar right now as we focus on B.E.T.A. and launch.” leading us to believe that Sony’s move has been too little too late for Fallout after all. Bethesda’s role in bringing cross-play to the Xbox and PS4 remains, and their ultimatum on The Elder Scrolls Legends a brave move indeed. Below is our original unedited story.
Graciously the biggest gaming company of this console generation has recently announced a Beta for Fortnite cross-play between PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox adding to the already supported Mobile and PC cross-play functionality. This comes off the tail of a heated debate between fans, Epic Games, Sony, the developers of Rocket League, and surprisingly Bethesda Games.
Atomic energy was just one perk of splitting the atom, but more importantly – nuclear weaponry was also made possible by this grand scientific breakthrough. As with most weapons of mass destruction, nukes can achieve peace! Through the fear of being demolished many uneasy alliances have been formed. As Fallout 76 approaches release for PS4, Xbox, and PC on November 14, 2018 we have a new trailer from Bethesda Game Studios showcasing a little more of how this system will work.
October 2018 will be a very special time for those who still pre-order once in a while in an age where many game companies make us want to “wait-and-see” instead. Big bro Todd Howard (a.k.a. Godd Powered) has announced on Twitter that the time for enjoying Fallout 76 is approaching. Exact details are still being worked out but the game’s B.E.T.A. (Break-It-Early Test Application) period will launch in October for Xbox first, then PS4 and PC. That means there should be plenty of footage, impressions, and examples of gameplay for those still on the fence to view before the game releases November 14, 2018.
Many gamers have expressed doubts over the past week since the full reveal of Fallout 76 took place in Los Angeles during E3, the largest electronics entertainment industry event in the world. Bethesda Game Studios has released a lot of information about the game, but through a variety of channels.
The ambiguous nature of their reveal has done little to quell concerns that this new game will indeed be a quality experience. While we at RealGamerNewZ remain optimistic about the title, this skeptical outlook can be understood as a reaction to the fact that the game is a multiplayer online survival set in a semi-persistent shared world. Attempts at this genre have been lacking in the past, and even plagued by many issues that were repeated and remain unsolved issues in game design. Fans are worried Fallout 76 will suffer the same fate, although there’s evidence to believe that Bethesda’s approach will be better than previous entries in the genre.