Well, it looks like the hype train isn’t derailing anytime soon. We have details about Fallout 76’s multiplayer and pre-order versions right here for your perusal. As I’m pretty excited, I’m still cautiously optimistic. I love Bethesda games, and I don’t care about their bugs as they have always genuinely shown care and respect for their fans and players. However, this is their first foray into the big ol’ industry known as online multiplayer. There is some competitive nature here, at that. While they’re not going ham with an MMO, there are some complex features here that have never been done before, so I’m glad they have a beta to work out all the kinks by the launch day.
First off, the big thing Bethesda wanted to note was how they were going to manage trolls and ‘griefers’. According to Todd Howard, you will not lose any progress if you die, and your base-building (oh hell yes) will all be intact. While you may have to repair it (interesting), you can always pack up your base/village in a suitcase (essentially) and take it with you to another area. Thus, there are no massive ramifications to death. This alleviates a bunch of issues a large single-player base would have coming to a multiplayer game. However it sounds as if, even though you can play completely solo, that you can simply turn off… “non-friendly fire”… at a moment’s notice. This seems cheesy, but we’ll see what that brings.
As for pre-orders, there are 3 distinct flavors:
Retail Edition ($60)
Comes with just the base game, but is already available to pre-order!
Tri-Centennial Edition ($80)
In addition to the above, this edition comes with some delicious in-game stuff:
- Tricentennial Power Armor Customization for the T-51, T-45, T-60, and X-01 Power Armors.
- Tricentennial Weapon Customization for the 10MM Pistol, Hatchet, and Laser Rifle.
- Spectacularly Handsome Vault Boy Mascot Head.
- Patriotic Uncle Sam Outfit.
- Celebratory Vault Boy Saluting Emote.
- First-Class Tricentennial Workshop Posters.
- Tricentennial Commemorative Photo Frame.
Power Armor Edition ($200 – US ONLY)
This massive beast is for the big spenders; check out what’s included:
- Base Game w/ Tricentennial Steelbook: Exclusive to the Power Armor Edition, this decorated metal case is the ultimate collectible celebrating America’s 300 years of freedom.
- Full-Scale Wearable T-51 Power Armor Helmet with West Tek Canvas Carrying Bag: This wearable helmet faithfully replicates the in-game model and comes complete with voice modulator speaker, functioning LED head lamp, and custom V.A.T.S. sound feature.
- Glow-in-the Dark World Terrain Map: This physical, fully-colorized 21”x 21” glow in the dark vintage map showcases the six distinct regions of West Virginia complete with irradiated landmarks, towns, and wildlife.
- 24 Collectible Fallout Figurines: Crafted from in-game 3D models, these detailed miniatures bring Fallout 76’s Vault Dwellers, Power Armored Soldiers, Creatures, and more to life.
- Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition Bonus In-Game Items: Celebrate 300 years of freedom with the all-new Fallout 76 Tricentennial Edition, commemorating the opening of Vault 76. Be the talk of the town when you emerge from Vault 76 fully prepared and patriotically styled in the new American frontier!
How about it, geeks? Ready to go back and build in the Fallout world with multiplayer? Sound off in the comments!