Fallout 76

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Name: Fallout 76
Abbreviation(s): F76
Creator: Bethesda Softworks
Date(s): released November 14, 2018
Medium: Video Game
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Fallout 76 is the first MMORPG produced by Bethesda Softworks and a entry in the Fallout franchise. It takes place in West Virginia and centers around the fate of the occupants of "Vault 76."


Fallout 76 features three main game modes: Adventure, Survival, and Nuclear Winter. Gameplay is overall similar to previous Fallout games, featuring item crafting and a reputation system.

Adventure Mode

A relaxed mode that is the most similar to other Fallout titles. This is considered to be the "main" gameplay mode in Fallout 76.

Survival Mode

A more competitive mode with fewer restrictions on PVP combat and scoreboards. It also features weekly quests that players can complete for rewards.

Nuclear Winter

A battle royale mode.


See Fan Reaction to Fallout 76 for more information.

Controversy regarding Fallout 76 started before the game was even announced, stemming from a legal dispute between Interplay and Bethesda Softworks over the rights granted to Interplay for the creation of a Fallout MMORPG in 2007. In 2012, the legal dispute was settled with Bethesda regaining the rights to the creation of any future Fallout MMORPGs.[1] Many fans wondered if we would ever see this project again, which resulted in quite a bit of buzz when the game was announced in June 2018. Early announcements in August 2018 at Quakecon looked promising[2], but fans were still wary after the announcement that cross platform play wouldn't be supported due to Sony's reluctance to support it.[3]. Then it was announced that Fallout 76 wouldn't be available on the popular PC platform Steam[4] ahead of the beta set for October 2018. By that point, fans started losing faith and questioning if a Fallout MMORPG was even viable.

Upon release, Bethesda had a number of other problems from canvas bags included with the most expensive collector's edition being nylon instead of canvas[5] to a security breach with their support ticket system.[6] There is also growing concern with Fallout 76's Atomic Shop making the game P2W rather than F2P when Bethesda initially stated that things in the Atomic Shop would be cosmetic only.[7]

The game was also quite buggy and while Bethesda fixed a number of bugs since the release of Fallout 76, there are so many bugs (many of which are game-breaking) that players have brought to Bethesda's attention via the official subreddit or through Bethesda's own community forums that haven't been fixed for months. Some of these bugs have been present since the Fallout 76 beta[8] and have not yet been fixed.[9]

"Country Roads" Meme

When the first trailer for Fallout 76 was released, it featured a cover of "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver. This resulted in a bevy of "Country Roads" memes, including a popular one where users on a Discord server must try to sing the song without setting off Toddbot.[10]


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