Fallout 76 is the latest video game from developer and publisher Bethesda Softworks, and it's scheduled to release on consoles and PC this November. Unlike past Fallout games, though, the latest installment in the long-running franchise is an online multiplayer game - a first for the studio. Bethesda Softworks has dabbled in online play before, but altering the core structure of Fallout 76 to adapt to an online-only environment has left many fans irked.
Being a new Fallout game, there's plenty to look forward to in Fallout 76, including playing with friends, traversing West Virginia, and exploring a time period that is set prior to the events of prior Fallout games. And fans got the chance to get started on it by playing through the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A., which opened up merely a few weeks before Bethesda Softworks' new game is slated to hit store shelves this November.
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First announced this past May, Bethesda Game Studios' Fallout 76 is scheduled to release on Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 14. In addition to the standard game, there are two Fallout 76 special editions fans can buy. Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition comes equipped with seven bonus in-game items, such as the Spectacularly Handsome Vault Boy Mascot Head and First-Class Tricentennial Workshop Posters. The Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition, meanwhile, comes with everything in the Tricentennial Edition and more, including a full-size Power Armor Helmet.
Fallout 76 utilizes an upgraded version of Bethesda Game Studios' Creation Engine, which was done in order to optimize the game for multiplayer. The Creation Engine was first used for Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and was then modified for Fallout 4 in 2015. Even though the developers have made strides in adapting the engine to their games over the years, it remains to be seen how well it will perform current generation consoles as well as PCs, given that it's now been adjusted for multiplayer gameplay.
Unfortunately, players hoping that Fallout 76 will release on Nintendo Switch will be sorely disappointed. Although the studio has managed to release successful Nintendo Switch ports for Doom and Wolfenstein over the years, thanks to their partnership with Panic Button, Bethesda Softworks remains mum on the matter regarding Fallout 76 on Switch. Hopefully, the studio can adjust Fallout 76's gameplay in order to release the game on the Switch sometime in the future. Until that happens, though, fans can play Fallout 76 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC starting on November 14.
- Fallout 76 (2018 Video Game) release date: Nov 14, 2018