Fallout 76 should get unrestricted 'Survival' mode in March, next patch fixes more bugs

Fallout 76 is a shared-world multiplayer survival game for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. The title marks an all-new direction for Bethesda's establishing post-apocalyptic role-playing series, allowing groups of survivors to explore, build settlements, and uncover secrets of West Virginia. It's a multiplayer experience which requires you to work together and form alliances.

While the team has released a lot of patches over the past three months, Bethesda promised even bigger changes for 2019. Well, it looks like the first major addition is "Survival" mode. In a post the company said, "last week... we briefly mentioned a new, more dangerous mode, which is separate from the main game and has fewer restrictions on player-versus-player (PvP) experiences, will be coming to Fallout 76 in a future update."

You can read the description of Survival mode below.

Since the launch of Fallout 76, we've received lots of feedback from some of our more competitive players who requested greater challenge, fewer restrictions, and more incentives when it comes to PvP combat. With this in mind, we began developing Survival mode, which will bring a new way for you to engage in even more demanding, high-stakes, and deadly adventures in Fallout 76... You can attack other players without restriction from the first shot you line up, meaning every encounter you have with a stranger could turn deadly in the blink of an eye... Further, level scaling in Survival mode will work the same way it does in Adventure mode today. This will help to level the playing field a bit and give newer characters a fighting chance against high-level players they might encounter during their adventures in the Wasteland... Currently, players who die in Survival mode will be unable to use the seek revenge respawn option against their aggressors and can only choose to respawn at their C.A.M.P. or Vault 76. We're also planning to award you double the Caps when you kill another player, and they may drop their Aid or other items in addition to their Junk... However, it's important to note that these changes aren't set in stone, and we'll be looking to make adjustments based on playtesting and your feedback.

After launching the game, you'll be able to choose whether you'd like to play "Adventure" mode, which is Fallout 76 as you know it, or the new Survival mode. The same quests, events, and story will remain available in Survival mode, but other players will just be more hostile. Luckily, you can still use your existing characters in Survival mode. Your progress carries over in both modes so don't be reckless with ammunition.

Other changes like leaderboards for Survival mode are also planned. Bethesda plans to roll out the "Survival Beta" in March 2019. However, this date is also not "set in stone" and may change if there are significant issues.

Survival mode wasn't the only topic discussed in today's post. Another Fallout 76 patch is coming towards the end of January. Some of the major changes are listed below.

-Hotkey improvements for AZERTY keyboard layouts, which should help French-speaking players have an easier time when constructing their C.A.M.P. -A 'Known' tag will now appear next to recipes and plans you've already learned in Vendor and player inventories, and trade menus. -The Traveling Pharmacy Perk will now correctly reduce the weight of RadAway and other Chems. -Early Warnings quest progress will no longer become stuck when crafting Upgraded Motors, and logging out after crafting Upgraded Motors will no longer reset the quest tracker.

We'll keep you posted as soon as we know when the next patch will hit. It might be a while before Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players receive it because PC usually gets it a week in advance. What do you want to see out of Fallout 76? Let us know.

Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.