Over the last few years, the battle royale crazy has swept the nation. Everybody from Call of Duty to even Dying light was quick to add this mode to their games in some compacity. And while on the one hand games like Call of Duty were able to spin that mode into their own popular experience, others were not so lucky. And it seems that the gamble did not work out for Fallout 76.
It all started with the collector’s edition of the game. When announced players were promised a higher-quality bag than what was actually received by fans. Bethesda then attempted to smooth this over by offering 500 atoms, in-game currency, as an apology. Needless to say, this did not go over well.
The Multiplayer Fallout experience has had a rocky road since it was announced at E3 in 2018. The game launched with a lack of content, which could have been overlooked, if not for the extreme buggy nature of the gameplay. The lack of NPC characters populating the world was also a major issue cited with the game on launch.
Later on, the game attempted to launch an in-game paid system called Fallout 1st. This service too was met with backlash, as a heavily fan-requested feature, private servers, was locked behind it. It was also viewed negatively due to the game having serious issues still needing to be fixed, which they felt.
Not to say that the game is in as rough a state as it was then in the present day. Several patches have made the game more akin to what fans expected and the player numbers have grown steadily over the past few months. But it wouldn’t be Fallout 76 without at least one more story of good intentions.
The battle royal mode, called Nuclear Winter, added to the game was by all accounts fun, it just didn’t have the player base to continue supporting it. It retained a lot of Fallouts signature sauce and converted that to a kill or be killed type mode. According to a company Spokesperson:
we’ve seen the vast majority of players prefer to explore other aspects of the game. It has also become tougher to put full Nuclear Winter lobbies together without also making sacrifices on match wait times.
Players who are upset by this turn of events, 76 will offer the mode until September of this year. Even if you might have to wait an extra while to get in.