Last Sunday, Bethesda held its annual E3 media briefing in Los Angeles. A variety of new games were announced and we got an in-depth look at Fallout 76 alongside other titles. The shared-world game is launching on November 14, 2018 and contains numerous new mechanics. While the game was available for preorder through Amazon ever since it was initially announced, the digital preorder just went up on the Microsoft Store. The standard edition costs $59.99 and the Tricentennial Edition costs $79.99. The latter comes with a number of cosmetic items.

Fallout 76's gameplay looks absolutely breathtaking. The game is definitely a considerable improvement over Fallout 4 in the technical sense. It features sixteen times the detail and you can even view distant weather systems across the map. There are six distinct regions to explore which have their own look and feel. Apart from that, the creatures vary as well. For example, you may encounter a giant sloth in one locale and a deadly mutated bat in another. Both of them present unique challenges and there are specific ways to take them down.

Even though Fallout 76 is entirely online, it isn't a massively multiplayer online game. At any given time you'll be playing with dozens of people, not thousands. It's similar to titles like Anthem and Destiny 2. However, if you don't like playing with other gamers, you can also experience the title on your own. However, it's much easier if you have help, especially when it comes to gathering resources and building.

Fallout 76 isn't a hardcore survival game like Ark: Survival Evolved or Conan Exiles. Bethesda's Todd Howard called it "softcore survival" but it's unclear what that means. It seems that the focus will mostly be on completing quests rather than mining resources or chopping down trees.

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