During QuakeCon 2018, Bethesda game director Todd Howard, development director Chris Mayer, and project lead Jeff Gardiner were part of a Q&A session centered on the upcoming Fallout 76.
While we know a fair amount about the setting and general gameplay mechanics, the Q&A yielded a few interesting new bits of information about customization, what you lose in death, and a uniquely brilliant way of dealing with online trolls and griefing.
1. Trolls Will be Severely Punished
Probably the most significant detail we learned was how the game will handle trolls and players who grief others online. In order to engage in PvP, players can attack someone and do significantly less damage than they would against an AI-controlled opponent. Should the other player choose to engage, then PvP will have been initiated and no punishments will be given.
However, if you’re attacked, choose to not engage in PvP, and still get killed by your attacker, then you will have the chance to seek revenge for a reward of double the XP and caps.
Those who continue to attack and eventually kill an unwilling player will immediately be labeled a “Wanted Murderer” and will appear on the map as a red star. These players have a bounty on their head and can be hunted by others for a reward pulled directly from the murderer’s caps stash. To add to the tension, those with a bounty on their head will not be able to see any other players on the map.
The team says extensive play testing helped them pinpoint the points of the game trolls would be looking to exploit when engaging with others. Through this, Howard hopes to make “assholes into interesting content.”
As an added protection measure, PvP will not be enabled until players reach level 5, and no rewards will be given to a player that murders another.
2. The Team is Working to Add Mod Support
Since Fallout 76 is an online game, creating mod support is trickier than it has been for previous single-player Bethesda RPGs. Still, Howard says the team is “committed” to figuring it out.
3. Fallout 76 will Feature a Photo Mode
At the start of the game, players will take a photo for their Vault ID badge using the game’s new photo mode. From there, the photo mode will be available to use at any point in the wild. It features multiple customization and editing tools like FOV and filters, and allows players multiple options to take photos of themselves, their friends and their enemies…alive or dead.
4. S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Perks are Card-Based and Can Be Shared
All seven S.P.E.C.I.A.L. attributes from Fallout games past–strength, perception, endurance, charisma, intelligence, agility, and luck–will return in Fallout 76. Within each of these attributes players will be able to choose from multiple perks, and all perks will take the form of collectible cards players collect intermittently while leveling up. These cards will have a different point cost and can be stacked to increase their power.
Additionally, each pack of perk cards will also include a stick of gum, which can be chewed and used to stave off hunger for a bit.
5. Junk Will Fall Wherever you Die
Whenever players die, they will only drop the Junk they’ve collected for crafting. All caps, weapons, armor, and other values will be preserved for the player, and it will be possible to respawn near the place where someone died to recover the dropped Junk. However, there’s a good chance it will be scooped up by victorious players if you died during PvP.
6. Save Your House With Blueprints
While the risk of having your base destroyed by PvP nukes exists, players won’t have to worry about saying goodbye to their settlement permanently. A Blueprint system in Fallout 76 will allow you to easily rebuild whatever settlement was destroyed in an attack.
7. Fallout 76 Will Not Be Available on Steam
At launch, Fallout 76 (and the B.E.T.A. in October) will be available exclusively on Bethesda.net. It remains unclear whether or not the game might eventually make its way to Valve’s online marketplace Steam.
Fallout 76 will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC November 14. Additionally, an online beta will take place in October.
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