Fallout 76 ends Nuclear Winter battle royale mode, offers a free trial

    
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While you’d think that the end of a nuclear winter would, y’know, be a good thing, it’s bound to disappoint some of Fallout 76’s ardent fans. That’s because Bethesda just announced that it’s going to be shutting down the Nuclear Winter battle royale mode this fall due to a lack of participation.

“We’ve found it challenging to provide meaningful updates for Nuclear Winter, while also developing and supporting exciting new content for Adventure Mode in recent and upcoming updates,” the studio said. “With all of this in mind, we are currently planning to sunset Nuclear Winter Mode in an update coming this September.”

This isn’t to say that Fallout 76 will lack things to do. The post-nuclear RPG is kicking off a Coming Storm event on June 15th to prep for its big July update. You’ll want to make sure that you log in to grab a free Brotherhood of Steel backpack for free during this period.

Additionally, from now through June 16th, everyone can try Fallout 76 and its Fallout 1st subscription plan for free through June 16th thanks to E3.

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NeoWolf

Whether it was good or bad is debatable. However the one thing that is true is that the people who are primarily Fallout fans who were disappointed by 76 not being Fallout 5, were double slapped with the disappointment stick when Battle Royale Nuclear Winter mode launched as THAT was definitely not what they wanted either.

So from a hardcore Fallout fans perspective.. meh no great loss, maybe now they can put those dev bucks into FO5 :)

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Raap

That mode is/was the only good thing about that game. I’ve put a fair few hours into it myself, as despite the complete lack of updates from Bethesda, and the cheaters you encounter, the core of the Nuclear Winter game mode is actually fun.

It was the most ‘casual’ Battle Royale game that exists. The audience was mostly older people, and mostly more pleasant to interact with. These are things BR games like Fortnite lack.

All the mode really needed was a way for Bethesda to monetize it, and then do regular bug fix and balance updates, with an occasional content update. The mode would have trucked on just fine under those conditions. Instead, they abandoned the mode, didn’t update it in over a year, and then pulled a surprise-meme-face that it wasn’t a Fortnite-level success.

As for their claim of lacking participants, I’m not sure if they are seeing an error in their metrics, or are intentionally lying. The queue times were always a minute at most, depending on what region you’d queue from (EU players queueing at 6 AM would see longer wait times than NA players).

Fun fact: Now that they actually gave NW some attention (in the form of a shutdown announcement and giving perk coins for participation), suddenly the queues are instant and the lobbies are capped. It is almost as if the slightest amount of effort from Bethesda was enough to get people playing. I wonder if that “clicks” anywhere in their decision-maker room.

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Sorenthaz

Sucks but not surprising. They had a lot of ways they could have spruced the mode up but they never bothered doing so. They also had a blatant issue with cheaters and didn’t little/nothing about that.

The most fun I had out of that mode was playing as a bushwookie and just seeing how high I could place as a bush-hiding pacifist, since making it into the top 10 and surviving long enough gave you way more Overseer exp than if you got a few kills and didn’t live long enough. I’d just watch people run by me, and I always felt like I was playing Metal Gear 76 or something.

Either way, hoping they add the Nuclear Winter rewards to the main game and let folks view Vault 51 in-game + uncover all the bits and bobs. Hell it’d be cool if they added in a PvE method of increasing Overseer rank and playing some new activity/game that ZAX puts vault dwellers through.

Also they really need to add in a proper Survival mode that serves as sort of a permadeath mode that revolves around higher risk higher reward.

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Greaterdivinity

Seems like a fair number of folks are pretty bummed and blaming the lack of support. I can get that, but I feel like the game mode never really took off enough to justify additional development time compared to the core game.

Bummer, but hopefully they’ll have a more interesting PvP mode that does get some support alongside the core game. Now I just gotta clear out a few games I’m working on so I can get back to the wasteland, finishing FO4 made me hungry for more FO and I’m realizing how terrible my old character is. So rather than slowly remake her, it’s off to the wasteland fresh once more! May try FO First too, that junk stash is just way too appealing for my hoarding ass.

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Vanquesse V

My understanding is that the mode was way more fun than anyone expected, but that the cheating was so rampart that most people didn’t stick around. Had there been little to no cheating word of mouth would have made that mode popular I’m sure.

Something I just realized though: They plan to retire the PVP mode right around the time when they’re doing the overhaul to private worlds. That update is the one part of their 2021 roamap that’s surprisingly vague. We basically know nothing about what will happen for that quarterly update.

My assumption is that they will add something for the pvp’ers into private worlds. This will also mean that they don’t have to figure out anti-cheat because private worlds are invite-only so the owners can just ban people they don’t like.

It’s obviously not the ideal solution, but I wouldn’t expect them to solve cheating in fo76 anytime soon, if ever, and with that in mind it could be a decent band-aid solution.

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Greaterdivinity

OH DERP I MISSED THAT FO FIRST WAS FREE FOR A WEEK, thank goodness I subscribe to all the garbage marketing emails. They come in handy every once in a while.

Now to adjust my game schedule a bit so I can make the most out of it on my new character and stockpile ALL THE JUNK for the future. And on a machine that doesn’t risk melting down despite dropping all the settings as low as they’ll go to boot. The game doesn’t have the highest fidelity or greatest character models/animations, but it does look quite pretty.

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Vanquesse V

Nuclear Winter always felt like a great mode built in the worst possible game engine for making a competitive game. I consistently see people talk about how easy it is to cheat or people claiming to have been banned without having done anything wrong. I still frequently see people use hacked weapons to kill a scorchbeast queen in a couple of seconds and if they still can’t stop people from using weapons that the game itself doesn’t consider valid, then what hope does a BR mode have long term…

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Sorenthaz

Honestly I think the mode would’ve been better if they cranked up the ‘Wild Wasteland’ feel to it and turned it into more of a crazed game show with whacky mutations and other weapons that make things feel less serious. Fallout 76 is the last game anyone should be going to for super tense shooter PvP.