How Building (and Moving) Settlements Works in Fallout 76
The rough and seemingly pointless building system in Fallout 4 really did have a purpose, having paved the path for a key system in Fallout 76. Building settlements, with defensive turrets, with the help of allies will be a big part of Fallout 76. It's where you'll be able to rest, heal up, store loot and materials, defend areas, and see the fruits of your labor.
Maintain yourself and your equipment for peak efficiency. Collect bonuses by staying Well Rested, Well Fed, Well Tuned and Hydrated, but be careful to avoid catching Diseases and Mutations in the process by avoiding radiation, sleeping in safe beds, eating cooked food, and drinking clean water. Your equipment breaks down with use, encouraging both the periodic repair of your favorite items as well as the motivation to try out new ones you find. All items have weight, including ammunition, so careful management of carry capacity becomes important. All these survival elements combine to provide a variety of gameplay decisions to find the right balance of what to collect, what to consume, and when.
The C.A.M.P. system (Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform) lets players quickly build up their home or fortification and replicate it anywhere else on the map. From the preview event, it seems placing assets into the game world is much improved over Fallout 4 and it's easy to move the main base around the map.
What we're most curious and excited about is how deep this system will go (and needs to go). Given that Fallout 76 takes place in a world where there are no NPC human settlements and cities, can players eventually build the types of towns seen in future games?
How Big is Fallout 76's Map And What Makes It Different?
Fallout 76's map is called Appalachia and it's four (4!) times larger than the Fallout 4 game world, pictured above. Click here for the full-size version. It's set in West Virginia.
In the Pip-Boy, the world map display gets an upgrade over previous Fallout games and will be displayed in full color with additional new options (social features and Photomode). It also displays locations of other players. From this map, players are able to access fast travel options.
You can Fast Travel to discovered locations for a nominal Caps fee that increases with distance and player level, but Fast Travel is always free for travel to teammates, your C.A.M.P. and the Vault 76 entrance.
Another all-new feature for Fallout 76 is Supply Drops, something taken from other survival and battle royale games. If you are able to locate a US Government Supply Requisition holotape, you can use it at a radio tower to call in a Supply Drop. Supply Drops attract the attention of AI units and other players of course, so be weary!
How do get Nukes and what do they do in Fallout 76?
In addition to following the main Overseer through-line of Fallout 76 and looting/battling with pals, one of the big goals of many players will be to create a fallout of their own. Through an extensive process, players can gain the ability to deploy a nuclear warhead anywhere on the Appalachia map.
This process involves collecting launch codes and can't be done quickly, but when you eventually do pull off this feat, it's the ultimate accomplishment. A successful nuke launch creates a temporary but large irradiated zone with vastly increased threats and rewards. Suit up in a Hazmat outfit or Power Armor and grab as many RadAways as possible!
How (and when) Mods Will Work with Fallout 76
Mods have always been essential to the Bethesda open-world RPG experience, adding endless content and replayability to titles in the Fallout and The Elder Scrolls franchises, allowing them to live on to this day. There are still amazing mods dropping for Morrowind and Fallout 3.
In recent years, Bethesda made the move towards monetizing these mods through their own service, bringing mods to consoles and while that hasn't been met with too much enthusiasm (because free, better versions are available on PC) it's still core to the long-term experience. With that in mind, Bethesda has promised from the get-go that Fallout 76 will support mods but not for a while. In fact, the absolute earliest they could be implemented is a year after launch (November 2019) and they will only work on private servers.
Sources: Bethesda, Destructoid, Gamespot, Polygon, The Verge
Header art made by Borrecat.
- Fallout 76 (2018 Video Game) release date: Nov 14, 2018