Ever since the announcement, we cannot help but ride the hype train of a multiplayer-centric Fallout game. We did get a decent amount of content and footage to go on with. We are going to dissect Fallout 76 gameplay trailer and outline the most important features that are going to make their way into the game. In this article, we have detailed 10 things you should know about Fallout 76 – starting with the game’s setting.
Fallout 76 Gameplay Trailer
The setting is West Virginia decades before the events of any of the previous entries in the Fallout series. Taking place in 2102, the player first heads out of the shelter on Reclamation Day, the 300th Anniversary of the USA in the game to rebuild the world lost to war and peril.
Unlike the previous settings, West Virginia is a little more vibrant and colorful and less affected by nuclear fallout than the other locations. Therefore, the locale shouts out a little more optimism this time. The map size is also 4 times bigger than what Fallout 4 had to offer with detailed environments, enhanced lighting, and larger viewing distances.
Within the game world, you will be able to traverse 6 distinct areas when it comes to both their outlook and the challenges they have to offer. The map is therefore divided into:
- The Mire
- Ash Heap
- The Forest
- Toxic Valley
- Savage Divide
- Cranberry Bog
Each district is filled with terrifying creatures to fight off and interesting secrets to discover.
Friends and Foes
Fallout 76 is a full-on cooperative, always-online multiplayer game. There is no doubt about that! In fact, you will not find a single NPC in the world. We are curious ourselves as to how the quest and progression system would work. Maybe there would be video-recorded messages, terminals, or other ways to acquire quests from the environment.
As far as people are concerned, every one of them you encounter will be real-player from some part of the world. This means that players will take up on the role of the factions we have come to expect in the Wasteland of Fallout. Therefore, players will be able to create their own stories, depending on how a deal goes between two parties.
Moreover, you have got some interesting stuff to keep the PVP aspect exciting and always unpredictable. There will be a handful of nuclear silos in West Virginia in the game. Players could decode and acquire the key for launching a missile and so they could start in-game rivalries or alliances.
When engaging in a player vs. player fight, if one loses and is eliminated, they have the option to fight their murderer again or choose not to. Regardless of their choice, they will always have the gear that they might have before the fight, so everything is recovered and nothing is lost on a respawn.
Base Building and Crafting Facilities
First introduced in Fallout 4, the building feature gives a new layer to the survival aspect. Players in Fallout 76 will be able to not only craft and build settlements and facilities anywhere on the map but also take them along as they traverse the landscape.
We will have to see how raids work through in the game e.g. what if you want to spend some quality time outside of the game and in that time, other players just screw with every single facility you set up. Maybe you could set up countermeasures or security features like defending bases in MGSV: The Phantom Pain. We will have to wait for any confirmation regarding how facilities are affected when the player is not logged in.
We all know that a half of the game’s actual fun lies in what the community decides to do with it. Especially in the case of Bethesda’s games, thanks to the developers, people have been able to mod in unimaginable things that really seem to allow the game to be playable years later. This was popular in both Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim so it is highly likely we would more of the same in Fallout 76.
Since the game is now online-only, there is even a greater need for mods that will allow players to take on the adventures solely for if, you know, you are not so social.
As far as additional content is concerned, the game will be receiving free DLC throughout its cycle. This will come in the form of episodes, additional weapon sets, and challenges. Of course, there will be smaller weekly updates but we could also expect expansive DLCs on monthly bases. This works really well for GTA Online and allows the community the notion of keep coming back to the game.
However, it is worthy of note that there will be minor microtransactions. At this point, Todd Howard has mentioned that paid content will only come in the form of cosmetic items which too can be earned through progression in the game. Therefore, those who do not want to spend too much time but want to unlock a particular item, they should go for their wallet. Otherwise, for the hardcore gamers, they would not need to spend a penny. This is a sound and safe strategy unless you are all in for the money like EA.
Progression and Leveling Up
Quests can be carried out both solely, albeit online, and cooperatively with friends. Like the Borderlands games, the transition from one state to another would be seamless, so your friends could join in the middle of a quest and still receive XP and rewards.
As far as the character progression is concerned, players start out by choosing a certain attribute to go along with. Leveling up increases a point in the chosen attribute for the character. They have 7 options from the S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system carried on from previous games and associated with each attribute of the system is some perks that better enhance your survival experience. Leveling up increases a point in the chosen attribute for the character.
These perk cards can be distributed, shared or traded with party members at any given time. Moreover, there is a certain restriction on how many perk cards can be active at a given time. This is to ensure there is an overall balance between two characters when they meet online so utter humiliation does not occur for the lesser ranked player if a fight breaks out.
This is so far everything we could extract out of Fallout 76 gameplay trailer. We will continue to have more in-depth content related to Fallout 76 so be sure to stay tuned!