Bethesda is testing their limits this year with the release of Fallout 76. Being set in the Fallout universe, the company’s next title is a unique type of multiplayer game, marking another first for the company. However, the game will be far from perfect when it releases and Bethesda will keep feedback from the players in mind to polish it, make it better and bring new content frequently along the way.
During GameLab, Bethesda’s Todd Howard had the chance to express his thoughts on Fallout 76 and let fans know that their new title won’t be perfect and that the developers will keep working on any issues and polishing it post-launch. The best stress test for any online title is the weeks after release so whether we like it or not, Fallout 76 has still a long way to go. Howard stated:
“We are definitely going to create our own things. We have a rhythm in mind, let’s see how it works. We know our priorities. We’re scared. How well can we make this work? We look at some other big online games, and even the people who’ve done it a lot, there are always problems. We’re not naïve enough to think it’s going to be perfect.”
You should not be alarmed though, as soon as the polishing on the title finishes, Fallout 76 will start getting its first new content updates which will prolong the game’s life and make it a service-type title:
“If everything works out perfectly with launch, which won’t be the case, we’ll be able to make a lot of content, but we know our priorities. It’s a big new thing for us”
Regarding fans’ concern that the release of Fallout 76 will make Bethesda leave their – otherwise – single-player based character aside for more stable and profitable titles, Howard pointed out that it won’t impact other franchises or releases:
“Anyone who has ever said ‘this is the future and this part of gaming is dead’ has been proven wrong every single time. We like to try it all. For a long time, we wanted to try a multiplayer game and we had this idea. We shouldn’t be afraid. We should try it.”
Fallout 76 releases on November 14th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.