Things are rolling right along for Fallout 76 it looks like. The next Fallout 76 beta test has confirmed its release date; the pretty darn generous pre-order bonuses for PC players have been officially unveiled; and there’s even a new live-action trailer that was debuted last night posted online for those who don’t watch American football.
The next B.E.T.A. test for the game will run this coming Tuesday, October 30th from 7pm EST to 11pm EST, or 4pm PST and 11pm UK. This time around, the beta will also include PlayStation 4 and PC players as well as the Xbox One edition.
Speaking of the PC version, those who decided to pre-order the game on PC are going to get the complete Fallout Classic Collection, which bundles together Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics. This freebie applies to those who are either pre-ordering now or have done so previously.
In other Fallout 76 news, word from Gamespot has provided a little more insight into the game’s microtransactions model. Speaking with press at PAX Aus, Bethesda’s Pete Hines has promised that these microtransactions will feature cosmetics and will avoid pay-to-win. Additionally, those who would rather not buy funny money for shinies will receive “a sh*tload” of the game’s store currency for simply playing.
Finally, Fallout’s PR machine has spooled up with the debut of a live-action trailer for the game, which first premiered during the Saints vs. Vikings game. That can be seen below.
Plenty to digest there. We’re hoping that the game’s store does indeed keep out of the P2W bear trap, and we kind of wish the upcoming beta test was a bit longer. Still, we’re not too far removed from the game’s ultimate launch, so patience won’t be too hard of a virtue to follow.
If Fallout 76 cross-platform play options were what were steering your choice of which version of the upcoming MMO to pick up, then consider at least one platform out of the running. In an interview, director Todd Howard was rather blunt in admitting that the PS4 will not have cross-play on offer thanks once again to Sony.
In a piece from German website Gamestar.de and translated by CNet, Howard explained that Sony refuses to play ball to allow cross-play with the Xbox One and PC editions of the Fallout MMO. “We’d really love that but right now we can’t,” said Howard. “Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like.”
When pressed for further comment, neither Sony nor Bethesda would elaborate on the matter at the time of this story’s writing.
The refusal to expand cross-platform features is par for the course for Sony’s PS4 and a source of recent consternation for players, particularly those who are fans of Fortnite. The most recent word out of Sony regarding the matter was an official statement to the BBC in the middle of June and Sony America’s CEO explaining the company is “looking at a lot of the possibilities” when asked during a conference near the end of June.
As for new developments about the game itself, there’s still nothing unique to report on that front, with the game sharing yet another piece of its complete E3 presentation in a separate video. This time, it’s about the game’s nuclear missile launch sites and their benefits, which you can watch below if you like.
Hey, cool, Sony wants to make sure it fences off people from one another in multiplayer games smoe more. Smart.
It started with a tease on the Bethesda Twitch channel with a broadcast of a bobblehead. Now, we’ve gotten the first initial details of what’s coming with a Fallout 76 teaser and word that this apparently is an online game.
All that has been offered on official channels so far has been a teaser trailer which we’ve embedded below and word that more firm information will be provided during Bethesda’s E3 Showcase, which will be held Sunday, June 10th at 6:30pm PST.
Additional scuttlebutt reported from Kotaku has mentioned that Fallout 76 will be “an online game of some sort”, with development being split between Bethesda’s Maryland and Austin offices. It’s important to note that Bethesda Austin is the same studio that was working on the hero shooter Battlecry before it was canned.
Kotaku’s news editor has continued to try to temper expectations about Fallout 76, reiterating that the new game isn’t a part of the core single-player RPGs that fans might be expecting. “I’m seeing some skepticism on Reddit and Twitch about my reporting that Fallout: 76 is an online game — because they don’t want to believe it,” reads his tweet. “Again, if you spend weeks getting hyped for a single-player RPG, you will be disappointed. Just looking out for you guys!”
That all said, we’re still going to consider this rumor instead of hard fact for now until June. And now, the promised embedded video.
So okay, on the one hand: oh cool another battle royale shooter probably. On the other, the wastelands of the Fallout universe are definitely the right place for this type of game, and the building tools of Fallout 4 could make for some Fortnite-style shenanigans. Unless, of course, they’re going the Destiny 2-style co-op shooter route? In either case, there’s certainly lots of possibilities here.