Fallout 76 might surprise a lot of fans by going online. According to a preliminary report, the long-awaited next Fallout installment could be saying goodbye to the traditional single-player campaigns for which the series is known. Instead, Fallout 76 will apparently be an online game of some fashion, although details on exactly what that means are still hazy.
Bethesda shocked the world yesterday when it released a teaser for a new Fallout game. The "Please Stand By" message is a familiar one for fans of the series, and set the industry buzzing about what the official reveal could entail. While many people suspected Bethesda might be announcing a port of Fallout 3, Fallout 4, or Fallout: New Vegas for the Nintendo Switch, few believed that something as monumental as a brand new entry in Fallout 76 could be coming instead.
The news that Fallout 76 could be an online title comes from Jason Schreier at Kotaku. While the report doesn't have much in the way of details, Schreier has since Tweeted that the game is not necessarily an MMO, but rather will not be strictly single-player like the other Fallout games have been in the past. Furthermore, Schreier went on record as saying those who are still holding out hope Fallout 76 will be a traditional, single-player RPG experience will be extremely disappointed when more news about the game emerges at Bethesda's E3 2018 Showcase on June 10.
I'm seeing some skepticism on Reddit and Twitch about my reporting that Fallout: 76 is an online game -- because they don't want to believe it -- but again, if you spend weeks getting hyped for a single-player RPG, you will be disappointed. Just looking out for you guys!— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) May 30, 2018
Apparently, Fallout 76 is currently under development at both Bethesda Game Studios' main office, located in Maryland, and another office in Austin that was formerly known as Battlecry Studios. That's an important bit of information because Battlecry Studios was previously making a shooter called Battlecry before Bethesda made the decision to cancel it. It's possible that fragments of the development of Battlecry could be used in Fallout 76, which makes even more sense given the new report suggesting it will be an online title as well.
With that being said, there is still a chance that Fallout 76 could feature single-player in some form. The report doesn't rule it out completely, but rather states that what fans have come to expect from a Fallout game will not be the basis of Fallout 76. That could still mean there will be a single-player campaign that is connected to online gameplay, or that it will be a multi-person RPG with the same trappings as a traditional Fallout experience. Whatever the case, we won't have to wait long to find out - Fallout 76 will be receiving some of the spotlight in Bethesda's upcoming E3 press conference on June 10, just a few weeks away.