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E3 2018: Fallout 76 confirms private servers, mod support, and no living NPCs

As players continue to try to wrap their heads around Bethesda’s vision for Fallout 76 (and fear a gaming apocalypse in which their previous single-player game is “ruined” by MMO elements), the studio is doling out more details about this “always online” survival sandbox.

So here’s a few new things you should know. First up, yes, there will be private servers for the game in case that you would like to create a pocket universe just for you and your friends. Next? Hunger and thirst meters, which are standard survival game staples, will be part of Fallout 76. And just in case you were confused about this point, the studio specified that there will be no NPCs other than robots and recordings.

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E3 2018: Star Citizen’s ‘alpha 3.2 teaser’ trailer is gorgeous, and it’s not alpha 3.2

During last night’s PC Gaming Show at E3, Cloud Imperium showed a nifty video of Star Citizen that has the community abuzz. Considered out of context, it’s an in-engine video of what the game could someday be like, and it’s beautiful.

Buuuut, as Reddit is currently arguing over, the video is labeled as an “alpha 3.2 teaser” but isn’t. It is not exactly clear right now whose decision that title was. The final slide of the video also tells people to prepare for alpha 3.2. As folks following the massive sci-fi MMO known, 3.2 is currently in evocati testing, and no, not everything shown in the video will be in it, leading to fans throwing around words like “misleading” – even if it wasn’t intentional deception, there are bound to be some folks confused when alpha 3.2 doesn’t work the way the video implies.

Either way, the vid’s below for your eyeballs and judgment.

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Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter World team up for a bizarre collaboration

Fancy some Monster Hunter in your Final Fantasy XIV? How about a bona fide Monster Hunter World collab? That’s what you’re getting, according to Square Enix’s E3 presser today. It sounds as if FFXIV players will be pitting themselves against the iconic “Rathalos” from MHW “this summer.” According to the landing page, you’ll need to be level 70 and own Stormblood to participate.

“The partnership unites two beloved and wildly successful titles, with FINAL FANTASY XIV Online currently boasting over 10 million registered players worldwide and Monster Hunter: World having shipped over 8 million copies since its release in January 2018. This special collaboration event will bring new challenges to players of FINAL FANTASY XIV Online featuring characters from Monster Hunter: World to the world of Hydaelyn.”

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E3 2018: Dissecting the Elder Scrolls VI teaser that broke the internet

Last night, Bethesda Director Todd Howard took the E3 stage and practically broke the internet. Of course, he talked about Fallout 76, which everyone expected. After all, Bethesda teased that days earlier, and if he didn’t give us more details, the internet would have rioted. However, the thing that really broke everyone — especially Reddit — only took 36 seconds. He announced what everyone wanted but no one expected: The Elder Scrolls VI.

It’s amazing how a small teaser will set people on fire. Massively OP’s chatroom lit up with speculation. Admittedly, it was mostly me and Bree going nuts over this particular game, but we were doing our best to try to determine where The Elder Scrolls VI would take place. All we had was a 36-second fly-by that featured a bunch of rocks, bigger rocks, and a little bit of grass. In other words, it told us practically nothing. But that didn’t stop me from attempting to pull apart each little detail — what was shown and what wasn’t.

Let’s break this down.

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E3 2018: ‘Fallout 76 is entirely online’

You’ve seen the teaser. You’ve heard the rumors. You’ve watched the E3 trailer. And now it’s time to find out, exactly, what Fallout 76 is.

On Sunday night, Bethesda took the stage at E3 to finally talk about what Vault Boy and his comrades are up to with this prequel game. Let’s start with the bombshell (so to speak): “Fallout 76 is entirely online.”

That’s right: Bethesda is bringing the Fallout series online with this game, with the option to play solo. It’s what the studio is calling “softcore survival” — death doesn’t mean the loss of progression or your character. Players will be able to hop over to wherever their friends are and play on servers populated by dozens, but not hundreds, of people. Choices are key here as players will decide on the heroes and villains.

There is PvP here and co-op adventures as well. Scavenge, gather, and crafting is a major component. Players, solo and grouped, can build bases anywhere they want and move those buildings to desired locations with mobile platforms. Oh, and there will be nuclear sites that players can use to nuke the world if so desired.

B.E.T.A. (Break-it Early Test Application) testing begins soon, and Fallout 76 will launch later this year on November 14th.

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E3 2018: Fallout 76 is absolutely massive — and here’s the trailer

Right now, every Fallout fan in the world has been singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads” nonstop for the past week or so. That’s probably not going to change after seeing the first gameplay trailer for the next installment of this popular post-apocalyptic series.

At the Microsoft E3 showcase, Bethesda confirmed that Fallout 76 will feature a world four times as big as the one of Fallout 4 and will serve as a prequel to the rest of the series. The game will be set shortly after the nuclear apocalypse and send players across West Virginia to explore (and possibly rebuild) a ruined world. Some sort of online component is rumored, although we’ll have to wait until the Bethesda conference later today to find out more.

As for the trailer, it seems to feature a world that’s a little more lush and much less deteriorated than the ones we’re used to seeing in other Fallout titles. We’ll take you home with some new colorful footage after the break!

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Perfect Ten: What I’ve always wished for in a Fallout MMO

This week I’ve been absolutely consumed by the thought of Fallout 76. I know, I know I shouldn’t get my hopes up for a proper MMORPG, but even the prospect of some online multiplayer functionality thrills me to no end.

Fallout has been one of my favorite computer RPG series ever since its first installment way, way back in the 1990s. I played Fallout 2 like crazy back in the day, log in to Fallout Shelter frequently now, and just recently started my third journey into Fallout 4.

There’s so much to love about these games, which is I’m quite eager to see the full reveal of Fallout 76 by Bethesda at E3 next week. Before that happens, however, I want to share with you what I’ve always wished for in a Fallout MMO. It has such potential to be an awesome online RPG with a huge built-in fan base and big developer muscle behind it. Let me share my list and then you do the same in the comments!

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More rumors: Fallout 76 is a co-op game coming in August

While we will have to wait for the June 10th Bethesda E3 showcase for the full scoop on Fallout 76, the rumormill is churning out some interesting possibilities from alleged inside sources.

One newish post that’s making the rounds describes Fallout 76 as being a co-op open world game  in which players will need to improvise weapons and reconstruct civilization. Players will be taking on the role of a surface scavenger who is traveling along an interstate in northern Virginia who will encounter six factions. According to this supposed leak, Fallout 76 is not “Rust-like” or a full-fledged MMO.

Another fan noted that the release date for the U.K. Amazon listing changed to August 1st, although this no longer seems to be the case. “A viewer of mine reached out to Amazon support yesterday when the date was July 31st and they’re saying the info on the listing is correct,” he posted.

Source: Twitter, #2

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E3 2018: Fallout 76 takes over the L.A. skyline

If you’re heading to E3 in Los Angeles next week, it is going to be quite difficult indeed to avoid any thoughts of Bethesda’s new Fallout 76. It could be because there is so much excitement swelling about this new entry in the post-apocalyptic franchise. It might be due to the rumors that the game will be an MMO of sorts. Or — and we are just spitballing here — it might come to mind because of the towering billboards displaying on the sides of hotel skyrises.

VG247 notes that the Hotel Figueroa now has three Fallout 76 ads painted — not plastered — onto the side of the buildings. Apparently this is a Big Deal for E3 advertisement and a good indication of the marketing muscle that Bethesda wants to put behind this upcoming title.

The tagline for the ads? “Our future begins.” Looks like multiplayer goodness is looking more and more certain!

Source: VG247

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Amazon posts and retracts a July 2018 release date for Fallout 76

This past week’s announcement of Fallout 76 — Bethesda’s newest entry in the post-apocalyptic series — has just about everyone in the gaming community buzzing. And while we’re sure to hear more about this at E3, one vital piece of information may have already been leaked: the release date.

When Amazon posted the game’s pre-order page, it initially listed the game as releasing by July 31st, 2018. That date has since been changed to “on or before December 31st, 2019,” but there are some that wonder if Amazon might know a thing or two that we don’t. After all, Bethesda has said that it wants to drastically shorten the time between game announcements and releases. Another theory is that the multiple Halloween references in the teaser video point to an October launch.

Fallout 76 is retailing for $60, although you may want to wait until E3 (June 12th through 14th) to find out more (including a documentary on the making of the game!). We do know that it takes place long before the last couple of entries in the franchise and has some sort of online multiplayer component. Rumor is that it’s a survival sandbox of some sort. Your thoughts?

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Leaderboard: What type of multiplayer do you think Fallout 76 will have?

After what was nearly an interminable teaser stream, Bethsoft finally announced this morning that it’s working on Fallout 76, another entry in a beloved franchise and another chance to trot out retro-futurist Pip-Boy iconography. At first, I shrugged – it’s neat, and a lot of us will buy it, but seeing as how Fallout is traditionally a single-player sandbox RPG, it’s not something we’d normally cover.

But then the rumors started flying. Kotaku floated the claim that it’s an “online game of some sort.” Polygon said it “heard the game will feature multiplayer.” The Twitterverse is chirping about battle royale. Nobody seems to know (or be allowed to say) for sure, and barring leaks, it’ll be another week and change until Bethsoft spills its post-apoc can o’ beans. [Update: Kotaku has another piece out since this one went live, with anonymous sources claiming it’s an online post-apoc survival game a la RUST and DayZ.]

So why not speculate? What type of multiplayer do you think Fallout 76 will have? Are you spotting any clues in the trailer? Place your bets – and yes, you get multiple choices here.

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