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Fallout 76 Servers Could Run Forever, Says Pete Hines

Fallout 76 Servers Could Run Forever, Says Pete Hines

Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4, welcome you to Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. The format does allow for Bethesda to explore their known universes and try out different gameplay styles while adhering to the traditional S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stats and VATS action.

War may never change, but a lot can happen in a public beta test, and those braving Fallout 76's wasteland early have found some things in need of changing.

Pete Hines answered "forever!"

Speaking to GameSpot, Hines stated, "How long is [Fallout 76] going to be up?".

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If we go back to my opening paragraph where I say that Fallout 76 is essentially a re-skin of Fallout 4, it shouldn't be too hard to work out why hackers have been able to find these vulnerabilities so quickly.

We're not the only ones thinking the above either, and to make matters worse there's now hacking concerns for the game which were brought to light by Reddit user "teetharejustdone" in a thread where he/she explains the potential holes in the Fallout 76 code. "I seriously doubt it". The latest Fallout 76 patch weighs in at 36GB on PS4. Hines said in that interview, "How long is [Fallout 76] going to be up? But ... this is a massive franchise and a massive undertaking, and our commitment to it is it is never-ending, and that it continues on an ongoing basis". He also didn't address the idea of game ownership in his interview; players own the game, and if servers do shut down, that will leave them unable to use something they bought and paid for.

Trading: Attempting to trade with a player who is entering Power Armor no longer causes the game client to become unresponsive. In a single-player game this isn't an issue, but in a multiplayer format this can give players the ability to essentially "speed hack" by unlocking their framerate - something which is relatively easy to do on PC. Bethesda might drop their proprietary launcher service down the line. However, not only is Fallout 76 online only, the developers are counting on the players to fill up the void caused by the lack of AI NPCs.