Fallout 76 now available for digital preorder on Xbox One

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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  • I was worried until I heard there’s still a single player mode. There are still more than a few of us who prefer single player campaigns to multiplayer gaming.
  • Not sure it'll be what you expect. The 'single player' mode appears to be just an empty multiplayer server with no NPCs (except robot shop keepers), no formal quests (except those stories you invent for yourself), and no story beyond that which you think up yourself. It doesn't even support VR so it'll be a fair bit of a back-step in immersion compared to the main FO range. I would think of this game as a kind of multiplayer off-shoot of the Fallout RPG franchise rather than a continuation. I'm sure FO5 will be more of the sort of thing an RPG player will want. This could be a fun game (once we see what it's like really) but it isn't Fallout in the traditional sense.
  • Trolls are the ones who ruin multiplayer games. Thankfully there's a single player mode
  • Exactly. There's just no way I'm playing with others especially since there are nuclear sites around.
  • Actually there isn't. The game is always online and you will always have other players around. After the E3, it seems they are doing damage control and are trying to figure out how to stop griefers.
  • @Corvusco
    That's what I thought. For a moment, I thought I missed an announcement...
  • Remember kids, don't preorder. Wait till you see the finished product before you commit.
  • I'll never understand this preorder culture and even more the digital preorder.
  • What I find annoying is that Ubisoft will let you play the beta of The Division 2 without preordering but Bethesda expects you to preorder Fallout 76 to get access to the beta!!!!