Fallout 76 doesn’t want to be labeled as ‘survival,’ shows off emote wheel

    
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What is Fallout 76? Even Bethesda doesn’t seem to have a clear grasp on terminology to label it, avoiding both the MMO and survival labels for the upcoming multiplayer post-nuclear game.

“We avoid the word ‘survival,’ because people’s minds immediately go to DayZ and Rust and certain other games, and those comparisons are not really accurate for what we’re doing,” Game Director Todd Howard told The Guardian. “If you think about the survival modes we’ve made in Fallout 4, it has that vibe… Fallout 76, although it’s an online game, when I play it, I mostly still play it solo. We like those experiences as much as our fans do.”

Howard admitted that the project has the studio a little worried about taking this important franchise online: “We are sometimes afraid of doing it, as much as our fans are afraid of us doing it. But we’ve got to try new things.”

The studio did show off the emote wheel that will help players interact with each other:

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AGx-07_162

The more they talk about this the less interest I have. The concept of a Fallout survival-genre game makes perfect sense and by all respects it looks like this is where they began. The survival genre has a lot of problems but rather than trying to fix those Bethesda seems to be just trying to avoid them and it all sounds really clumsy. Like every negative reaction they get from the public they say something to make the thing we reacted to seem like it’s something else. What exactly is this game? Can you just lay out the details and not be wishy-washy about what they are?

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Erik Heinze-Milne

If ESO is any indication, the fear is well founded. They took players desire for basically Co-Op Skyrim, and decided to basically make an MMO instead. I SINCERELY hope they have learned from that blunder.

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oldandgrumpy

Just goes to show that pouring petrol on yourself and lighting a match is a bad idea.

Awaiting Beta feedback myself before any interest.

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MrNastyButler

So they said to think of it as “Softcore Survival” but it’s not “Survival”…really don’t think Bethesda thought ahead when announcing thing. It really seems like some slap-dash project to use old resources to make a game and some money. Unless this was really thought out and Bethesda didn’t think people would ask questions about a new project. That might be more the path.

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Castagere Shaikura

Money grab at the whole Fortnite/Cod shooter thing in a Fallout world.

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DeadlyAccurate

I can’t wait for the beta. I’m not pre-ordering or anything, but those videos looked good, and if it’s basically 7 Days To Die in a Fallout world, I’ll be ecstatic. If not, I’ll know once people try the game out. I definitely want private servers, though. I have no desire to play with strangers who nuke all the work I’ve put into building an outpost.

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Daniel Reasor

Bethesda: “Thing makes money. Let us make thing”
Fallout fans: “We do not want thing”
Bethesda: “Thing is not thing…uh…it is something different”

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mysecretid

I think you’ve hit on it, Daniel (You hit thing! :-) ).

I have to wonder if Bethesda thought that Fallout fans would automatically open their wallets for anything branded for the franchise, and now the company seems to be surprised that people aren’t onboard so readily for what looks like a possible survival/gankbox cash-in.

Now, it sounds like they’re trying to pivot.

All I know is, I’m not touching Fallout 76 until I know exactly what kind of game I’ll actually be getting for the money, and the Fallout name alone won’t be enough to convince me if thing is thing, after all.

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wild-abyss

Exactly my reaction, too. I’m a huge Fallout fan. Fallout 4 was the only game I pre-ordered in recent memory and I had to have that Pip-Boy edition. But I’m not at all interested in Fallout 76. They can get back to me when they have an actual game, preferably single player campaign with optional co-op? I personally have no interest in multiplayer but I CERTAINLY have no interest in “no NPCs, all people are players” multiplayer.

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AGx-07_162

Fallout + Survival? Yeah, my wallet was open the minute I heard that. The game fits the genre like a glove and if this was the kind of game they were making, I’d be all over it. But is it? Like you said, it sounds like they are trying to pivot and it’s incredibly concerning. It gives me a No Man’s Sky vibe. When that game was announced I looked at it and, while I wasn’t negative on it, I kept asking “what exactly is this?” I feel the same here. Bethesda gives a general impression at E3 but every word since then seems to step away from the expectation they set.

I’m with you. I’ll play the beta if I can get in (because it’ll be free) but I wont spend a dime until I know for sure what this is.

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Grave Knight

The wheel isn’t anything new, they showed that off at the E3 presentation. As for being labeled survival, considering you don’t have to worry about sleep, food, dehydration or pretty much anything else outside of health and radiation sickness (which really is just the health bar again) survival wouldn’t be the best term. It’s survival in the way as playing Minecraft on easy is survival.

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John Mclain

This is incorrect, you DO have to eat/drink to survive in the game. This was covered at E3, hell there is a damn hunger/thirst bar in several screenshots/videos. As for sleep, that hasn’t been confirmed/denied yet. So yes… it is a survival game.

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Grave Knight

You sure that’s not an option you can turn on? I remember the reason they added a survival difficulty in FO4 is due to it’s popularity in FNV (though I kind of disagree how they made it a difficulty option instead of separate option you can turn on). And if that’s the case the base game isn’t a survival, there is just an option to turn it into survival.

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Akagi

I feel like this is going to be a cash grab, milking the Fallout fans with a product that has no substance and is like one of those sandbox games with no aim, goal or anything meaningful to do but water your crops, go fishing, chop wood, kill mutants, build houses on and on until you get bored or it shuts down.

I feel like Stardew Valley is more interesting and meaningful than this is going to be.

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zuldar

If it has non-consensual pvp then I’m going to call it a survival game; because that’s what it is. On the bright side we can look forward to Elder Scrolls Royale a few years from now.

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Greaterdivinity

Odd given that Howard had previously described it as “softcore survival”, especially after all the early leaks about a “Fallout survival” game.

Bethesda, just own it. You’re nigh bulletproof so you don’t need to do this song and dance.