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7 things you absolutely need to know about Fallout 76

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Bethesda announced Fallout 76 with a teaser trailer late last month and since then, rumours started floating around about the game being an online experience. With E3 now underway and Bethesda’s Press Conference done, we finally have the important details about the latest entry into the Fallout franchise and from the looks of it, Bethesda has another winner on their hands.

Prospective explorers of the wasteland have a lot to learn about Fallout 76 as there are quite a few important things you need to know about the game because Fallout 76 might just be the Fallout game you never knew you needed in your life. With that in mind, check out the top 7 things you need to know about Fallout 76.

Release date and B.E.T.A.

The most important thing you can probably ask when it comes to a new Fallout game is simply when you can start playing it. Well, Fallout 76 releases on 14 November 2018, so mark those calendars. However, those who pre-order the game (most pre-orders are not open yet at the time of writing) will gain access to the B.E.T.A. (Break-It Early Test Application). There is no date yet for the B.E.T.A. but we can play Fallout 76 even earlier than November this year.

For those who love Collector’s Editions, there’s also an amazing Power Armor Edition to look forward to. Stocks will, of course, be limited and at the time of writing, no local pricing or availability has been confirmed. Even so, check out the Power Armor Edition video below.

Welcome to West Virginia

You play as one of the special few selected to stay in Vault 76 for 25 years and await reclamation day. The game starts off on that all-important day in 2102 when the doors open and you set off into the post-apocalyptic landscape of West Virginia. There are six different main areas in this massive untamed wasteland, from the forests of Appalachia to the noxious crimson expanses of the Cranberry Bog.

There will, of course, be a lot of mutants and dangers in the game’s areas where your task will be to rebuild civilization, but the choice of how you do it is up to you as you can roam freely, with or without fellow Vault Dwellers. What you do in post-apocalyptic West Virginia is up to you as you can roam freely, with or without friends.

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You're S.P.E.C.I.A.L., but not alone

You will be able to create your character and level up through the famous S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system we all know and love, but others will be able to as well. You see, you won't be the only one in the world, as Fallout 76 is an online open world survival game. Basically, a persistent online world where you can team up or fight other survivors.

The game is not an MMORPG, as you won’t be online with thousands of players. Instead, think of it as more of a “Shared world” experience like Destiny 2, where you will be online with dozens of others on a server. Yes, you can play the game solo, exploring a huge world, experiencing a great story, levelling up and more. However, the easiest way to survive, however, is to team up and build things together.

Best of all is that the game will feature dedicated servers so that players can have a stable experience for years to come and Bethesda will be testing the stability of said servers in the aforementioned B.E.T.A.  

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The biggest and best-looking Fallout

Fallout 76 is by far the biggest Fallout game ever. It is four times the size of Fallout 4 (which is already massive) and features a variety of landscapes with their own unique look and inhabitants. All this will look spectacular as well, as the game’s graphics will provide the best-looking wasteland to date.

The game features sixteen times the detail and a massive view distance, as you will be able to spot distant weather systems across the map. Fallout 76 will have a farther viewing distance than any other Fallout game, accompanied by new lighting, rendering and landscape technology.  

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C.A.M.P. Out

If you’ve played Fallout 4, you would know just how big of a role building settlements played in the game. In Fallout 76, you will also be able to build various awesome settlements and players will be able to work together to gather resources, create settlements and build up their defences.

This all comes in the form of an all-new Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform (C.A.M.P.) from which you can build and craft anywhere in the world. You can even set up a shop and trade with other Vault Dwellers. The cool thing about this is that you can even pick up and move your entire creation somewhere else, maybe to a less hostile location if you run into a lot of trouble from mutants or other players.  

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Go Nuclear

As if the wasteland of Fallout hasn’t seen enough nuclear bombs dropped, players will be able to unlock and use nuclear missiles to reign destruction on other player-created settlements, mutant nests or just about anywhere you want. The thing is, other players will be able to bomb you as well, giving them access to your precious resources.

There will be multiple missile sites scattered throughout West Virginian and it looks like you might have to work together to get your hands on a complete launch code, teaming up with others who have found pieces of the code. Dropping a nuke not only creates glorious, mushroom-cloud destruction but also creates a high-level zone with rare and valuable resources for players to scavenge.

Since you will have to find and work together to get the launch codes, the choice of nuclear warfare is up to you, as you can keep your code piece safe and decide not to use it, or share it with others.

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Survival-lite

In many survival games, death means a loss of progression, so when you die you will either have to start over or lose all your stuff. That’s why Fallout 76 is more of a survival-lite experience, as death won’t mean you lose progression. Your progression is also not tied to one server and since you can take the things you’ve built with you, that solves the issue of your base move to another server as well.

Keep in mind that even though you can work together with other players, not all players will be friendly. This is a post-apocalyptic wasteland after all, so expect to meet and fight against others. The one thing about the survival experience that isn’t clear yet is what happens when someone attacks (or nukes) your settlement and if building materials will be returned or lost on destruction.

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There you have it, the most important information revealed about Fallout 76 so far at this year’s E3. If (or when) more information becomes available, we will be sure to update our readers on the game.

For now, watch that awesome Fallout 76 E3 trailer yet again and tell us what you think about the game in the comment section below.

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