Bethesda’s E3 showcase dropped more than a couple of bombs, but one of the biggest was the official announcement for Fallout 76, a shared world prequel set in a post-apocalyptic West Virginia.

It’s Fallout as we’ve never seen it before – inhabited by other players. So, how does multiplayer work in Fallout 76 exactly? We’ve got the lowdown of that and more right here, so pull that crank, open the vault door, and join VG247 as we venture out into the new world together.

Fallout 76 release date

The Fallout 76 release date is November 14, 2018. Bethesda announced it during June’s E3 showcase, just like the publisher did with Fallout 4. The company had a lot of success with the short turnaround between announcement and release last time, so it’ll be interesting to see if it works out again.

Fallout 76 beta

Bethesda said there would be a beta for Fallout 76, but there’s no firm date for this just yet. You can guarantee access by pre-ordering the game, however. The beta also starts first on Xbox One.

Fallout 76 multiplayer

Instead of bumping into NPCs in Fallout 76, other humans you encounter will actually be other players. Fallout 76 is all about taming the post-apocalypse, which will be more wild than we’ve seen it in previous games.

You are free to fight or team up with other players, and the map will be sparsely populated with them – rather than hundreds of other players like in an MMO, there will be dozens. In other words, the post-apocalypse will still feel apocalyptic.

Because it’s about rebuilding the wasteland, the base building in Fallout 4 has been expanded. You are free to make your own settlements, build up their defenses, and protect them from attacks from mutants, wildlife, and other players. If you want, you can also track down nuclear launch codes and drop an A-bomb on any rivals, assuming you know whereabouts on the map their base is.

You can’t drop a nuke directly onto a person in Fallout 76, however – unless you’re really, really lucky. Instead, you choose a section of the map to target and any enemies in the blast zone will get a warning, giving them a chance of escaping the radius.

If you are under Level 5 other players can’t kill you in PvP. This means you’ll have some time to find your feet without being trolled by high ranking griefers.

Fallout 76 cross-platform play

Bethesda says it would love to let PS4, Xbox One, and PC players enjoy Fallout 76 together, but Sony isn’t playing ball. For now, you’ll have to just murder your mates who have it on the same platform as you do.

Fallout 76 map

People have been digging into the map for Fallout 76 and marking confirmed and likely locations. Some of the confirmed locations include Top of the World Ski Resort, Watoga, Lewisburg, Beckley, a Nuka Cola Quantum plant, Charleston, the Mothman Museum, Bolton Greens, and Morgantown. You can click that link above for a proper look at the map, which Bethesda says is 4x the size of Fallout 4’s.

Obviously, you can expect all of the famous West Virginia landmarks to appear, as well as some of the local legends from American folklore.

Fallout 76 mods

Fallout 76 will have mod support, but don’t expect it at launch. Bethesda is “100 percent committed” to getting mods into Fallout 76, Todd Howard said in an interview, but to launch with a “well-running, robust service” means putting them aside for now. “We’re currently still designing what that service looks like”, he said, “you’ll be able to have your own private world and be able to mod it and do all of that”.

There’s no word on what platforms will support mods, but we’re expecting PC first and Xbox One later.

Fallout 76 V.A.T.S.

Fallout’s tactical targeting system returns for Fallout 76, but it won’t slow time like in previous games. Instead, it plays out in real-time so you better choose which limb you want to blow off fast. It’s also a skill you can upgrade, so it’ll be handy for people who aren’t good at twitch shooting.

Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition

If you buy the Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition, you get your very own Brotherhood of Steel helmet. Pop it on while playing for that authentic, limited viewing experience. It also comes with 24 limited edition figurines, a duffel bag, a steel case, and a glow in the dark map. Rad!

Fallout 76 story

It might be a multiplayer game, but this is still a Fallout RPG. There will be quests to tackle, an endgame to reach, and a story to pull you along.

Emerging from Vault 76 just 20 years after the war scorched the planet, you are tasked with rebuilding. From the ashes of the old world, mutant creatures have risen to claim your home. The worst of these are Scorch Beasts – huge, bat-like creatures. They crawl up from fissures in the earth and you have to close them all up.

How do you close up huge fissures to prevent an irradiated enemy from taking over? You fire nukes at the cracks, of course, and irradiate the earth even more.

It’s also worth noting, when you do fire a nuke, the land around the blast zone becomes a high level area and hides some of the best legendary loot.

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