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Fallout 76

1 week ago

Fallout 76 extends Nuclear Winter testing

After launching Fallout 76's new battle royale mode into a short testing phase during the E3 hubbub, Bethesda have now said they're extending that. Originally due to end today, the "pre-beta sneak peek" of Nuclear Winter will now run indefinitely, receiving updates along the way. Which sounds like a soft launch to me. Particularly given that battle royale is an FPS genre rooted in early…

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2 weeks ago

Every E3 2019 news story that matters on PC

Trying to keep up with E3 2019 is a fool's errand, and the foaming river of content streaming down the internet's face doesn't always make it easier. So here's a round-up of every news story from the show we think matters to you, with links to our full stories (and bantful liveblogs) where relevant. We'll be updating this hourly, so keep coming back.

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Fallout 76 adding human NPCs and of course a battle royale mode

Bethesda announced tonight that they're bringing two revolutionary new features to Fallout 76: human NPCs and a battle royale mode. Far out, man. Where do they get these ideas? Wild, just wild. Give me some of what they're on, right? Ha ha! They're sticking with their multiplayer survival sandbox after its shonky launch, mind, and judging by the wild hooting from the audience of industry…

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2 months ago

Fallout 76 adds player-run storefronts next week

As rough as its launch may have been, Fallout 76 remains a very popular game, with a large, dedicated and increasingly moneyed and geared player-base. Next week's big update for the game, due on May 7th, is bringing player-run stores to Appalachia, allowing you to set up automated vending systems for other players to buy your excess junk and ammo from, while siphoning off 10%…

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3 months ago

Bethesda return to Steam with Rage 2, Doom Eternal and Fallout 76

Bethesda are backing down from plans to make Rage 2 and other upcoming games exclusive to their own launcher, announcing today via Twitter that they'll all be sold on Steam. Confirmed headed back to Valve's storefront is Rage 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, VR spinoff Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot and (most importantly) Doom Eternal. The move will be partially retroactive as well, with Fallout 76 confirmed for a Steam release…

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Fallout 76 brewing delayed to tomorrow

If you're looking to get blasted on moonshine as an escape from the grim pointlessness of the post-apocalyptic wasteland, you'll need to wait one more day for Fallout 76 to start its 'Wild Appalachia' season of updates. This was supposed to kick off today with brewing and distilling but Bethesda have delayed the launch ever so slightly because they needed a little extra time. On…

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4 months ago

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare RPG returns to Fallout’s tabletop roots

Way back in the forgotten times of glossy paper games magazines, I remember my first exposure to what would become Fallout: A Post Nuclear Role Playing Game. Early previews said Fallout was going to be a PC showcase of the GURPS pen-and-paper RPG system, but it grew into its own thing. Now, tabletop studio Modiphius have announced the Fallout: Wasteland Warfare Roleplaying Game, a freeform…

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Fallout 76 adding free new modes, quests and main story in 2019

Troubled pseudo-MMO Fallout 76 has had its fair share of problems, but Bethesda aren't calling it quits yet. Celebrating (commemorating?) the game's hundredth day since launch, Bethesda have published their update road-map for the game for the rest of the year. They've got a whole lot planned, split into three seasons - Wild Appalachia, Nuclear Winter and Wastelanders, each containing several major updates, all free.…

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Bethesda confirm Fallout 76’s Vault 63 will eventually open its doors after player glitches inside

Vaults have long been one of the more interesting areas to explore in Fallout games, allowing players to unravel the sinister experiments forced upon their unwitting inhabitants. Fallout 4’s Vault 111 put people into cryogenic sleep, whereas the residents of the eponymous Vault 76 were simply spat out into the wasteland after 25 short years - but what about Vault 63? It makes an appearance…

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5 months ago

Fallout 76 introduces new problem while re-fixing old problems

In a comedy of errors, a Fallout 76 "hotfix" patch intended to re-fix issues that Bethesda previously fixed then accidentally undid has seemingly introduced a whole new nasty problem. Something went awry during the development of this week's Patch 5, meaning not all changes from Patch 4 carried over so suddenly lockpicking bobby pins were heavy again, among other issues. A wee "hotfix" patch launched…

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Fallout 76 details new PvP focused Survival mode

Fallout 76 has always had a kind of pseudo-PvP, allowing players to fight one another but only through mutual consent. If you shot at someone who never shot you back, damage would be greatly reduced to prevent random server-mates from killing you everywhere you went. Now, though, they’re introducing a new “Survival” mode specially for murdering one another. Though they’re aiming to release the mode…

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Bethesda deny Fallout 76 free-to-play rumour

Bethesda have denied a rumour that Fallout 76 is preparing to go free-to-play. Launched in November 2018, their multiplayer survival sandbox scored a 'noncommittal, wavy gesture of the hands and forearms accompanied by an exclamatory exhalation' out of 10, a score further lessened by bugs and leaking personal information and bugs and skimping on the £175 edition. While the rumour was based on hearsay and…

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Fallout 76’s last surviving human NPC lives only to suffer

Have pity on Wooby, the last non-vault-dwelling human in Fallout 76's West Virginia. Robbed of a voice, his only reason to exist - as hinted at by the long-standing trope of similar name - is to suffer, probably as a target for weapons testing. Wooby exists in a sealed off little void packed to the brim with weapons and items, some of which aren't technically…

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6 months ago

Fallout 76 players can now get original Fallouts free

Folks who bought Fallout 76 last year can now grab ye olde Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics for free. Finally, your Fallout 76 purchase will get you a good game (several, even). The giveaway is the latest part of Bethesda's ongoing apology tour over the multiplayer survive 'em up's shonkiness. Unlike the trifling amount of virtuacash offered in apology for the £175 edition's garbage…

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Nukes return to Fallout 76 after an explosion-free new year

Fallout 76 has had some problems along the way (including data leaks, and unwanted immortality), but the latest bug to hit Bethesda's online sandbox spinoff was arguably an improvement. Yesterday, January 1st, players discovered that their nuclear launch codes just weren't working. For a brief day and a half, nobody was suddenly exploded into a cloud of radioactive loot-enhanced particles. Sadly, Bethesda have since announced…

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Fallout 76 players are cross at Bethesda for taking away their stew

Borimaus was on his last legs. The Appalachian wilds had always been harsh, and a recent patch had stripped back how quickly he could gain XP. Starvation loomed. He grimaced, fixing the scarred landscape with one last look as his fingers fumbled towards the disconnect button. Then: a can of stew descended from the heavens, an altruistic spark in the irradiated darkness. Someone else had…

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7 months ago

Bethesda’s support site leaked people’s real names and addresses

In a security breach last night (now resolved), Bethesda's support site revealed the personal information of customers who'd submitted support tickets. The details - which included people's names, addresses and phone numbers - mostly belonged to Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition buyers, who were after a replacement canvas bag for the nylon one that was actually included. What a mess.

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Fallout 76 patched today, canvas bags to follow

Bethesda are correcting more of Fallout 76's slop, both in the game and the whole situation around it. Today brings a patch expanding the stash storage limit and fixing several crashes, among other things. And after silently swapping advertised canvas bags in the £175 'Power Armor Edition' for nylon ones, then offering a dribble of microtransaction currency in apology, Bethesda have relented and are having…

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Fallout 76 gives £4 in virtuacash to apologise for Power Armor Edition’s trash bag

Bethesda are giving a couple bucks in microtransaction currency to Fallout 76 players who bought the £175 'Power Armor Edition' expecting its numerous feelies to include a "canvas West Tek duffel bag", only to find it had been replaced with a trashy nylon bag. Video game Collector's Editions capitalise on fan enthusiasm to sell overpriced trinkets and tat, but even the credulous should get the…

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