Fallout 76 is one of my most anticipated games coming out this year, the E3 showcase blew me away when I watched it through tired eyes at 2am. However, I’m sure I wasn’t the first to feel a twinge of concern at the idea of player griefing in the game’s online world. This concern was most pronounced at the reveal of players being able to unleash the full force of nuclear bombs on anyone who looks at them funny.
Bethesda have heard that concern and are assuring fans it won’t be an issue, but they won’t comment on exactly how just yet.
In an interview with GameSpot, Bethesda’s Senior vice president, Pete Hines, discussed the game’s interactions and systems a little more.
“Think of PvP more like issuing a challenge to somebody as opposed to just, ‘no matter what I want to do to somebody, I can, the game only lets that go so far before you can basically say, ‘I don’t want to participate in this challenge anymore.'”
“Death isn’t supposed to be a super negative thing. You don’t lose your progression, you don’t lose all your stuff, somebody can’t kill you and then take everything in your inventory [and then you have to] start over.”
He discussed the roles and various ways in which players can interact with each other, taking on the roles of NPCs and raiders that players would see in a single-player Fallout game.
“When you see a person in the world, they’re a real person, and now you have to figure out [what role they play]…maybe they’re being super helpful, maybe they’re wandering the world as a trader and just trading with people, maybe they’re being a bad guy and they’re part of a raider group,”
“[We allow] for that sort of tension but with systems in place that keep it from being abusive. So you can’t be harassed by somebody who just keeps chasing you around the world and keeps killing you over and over again; the game literally doesn’t allow that to happen to you.”
He wasn’t willing to discuss the details, though it sounds as though Bethesda are limiting the risk/reward element of PVP to keep players from abusing and griefing other players.
Hines assures players they are continually tweaking and updating the game’s systems, and players who pre-order the game will get a chance to test it out in the beta.
Fallout 76 is still set for release on November 14th, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.