In a recent interview with Metro UK, Bethesda’s VP, Pete Hines, confirmed again that there will be microtransactions in the game, but no loot boxes, and no pay-to-win mechanics. He also stated that Bethesda believes Fallout 76 will last “forever.”
Bethesda’s timeline for Fallout 76 “is in perpetuity”
When asked how long Bethesda plans for Fallout 76 to continue, Hines simply stated; “forever.” There are a few reasons for this outrageous statement. First, Hines used the longevity of previous Bethesda titles like Morrowind, Skyrim, and Fallout 4. All these games are still being played by thousands, years after it released.
One can say it is almost a trademark of Bethesda games that people continue to play their games longer than most other titles. The post-launch additions like MODs and other content updates entice people to return to these electronic playgrounds.
Something that sets Fallout 76 apart from other Bethesda titles is that it will release under the games as a service model. Hines believes that more than anything, it will ensure that people continue to play Fallout 76 until the end of time.
I’m not being ironic. Like, forever,” Hines explains. Because other people have said, ‘Is your timeline two years or five years?’ And I said, ‘Well, they’re still playing Morrowind and you go online and look at how many people are playing Fallout 4 and Skyrim. Those games have been out for four and seven years, and there are literally hundreds of thousands of people playing those games every single day, every single month. So Fallout 76, our timeline is in perpetuity.
Is Fallout 76 still Fallout?
It’s an outrageously ambitious statement, especially since with Fallout 76 Bethesda is taking the franchise into unexplored territory and many fans are not happy with the changes.
It will be the first Fallout game that has no single-player and an always-online requirement. Whatever could go wrong? I recently wrote about player expectations and how it can ruin a game. Big franchises like Mass Effect, Battlefield, and Fallout are especially vulnerable and dependent on their fan base.
With Fallout 76 it seems Bethesda is taking too many risks, and saying they believe the game will last forever is a very presumptuous statement. I would’ve played it safer and reserved such a statement until the end of the Beta.
And that brings us to another point of contention. Bethesda isn’t playing fair when it comes to how they will roll out the Fallout 76 beta. It kicks off next month, for Xbox One first, and will roll out in “stages.” Not long after the beta concludes, the full game releases, which doesn’t give Bethesda much time to tweak things.
Then there’s the fact that Fallout 76 won’t release on Steam, something fans are also not happy about. Given all the concerns, it would’ve perhaps been wiser to keep such a bold statement for well after the launch day.
Fallout 76 releases on November 14 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. See here for your Fallout 76 South African Price List.
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